It only takes a minute detail to shatter every part of your well-made plan and destroy what you hoped to achieve in the first place. A back-up plan is important because it helps you instantly recover from a failure. When making a plan, knowing it can fail is an essential part of planning.
Improvisation is a skill learned not through academic or theoretical education, but through experience. Life is about failing and coming back up to build yourself. It is when you can measure the depth of the pit that you know where you are falling and where you could use tools to stop your fall short.
A back-up plan can be something pre-planned or just a natural reaction to a situation, calling on all your mental facilities to be resourceful, quick and capable. Of course, you may not spare yourself some dangers and ensure yourself of any positive result, but your efforts will make you see where you lacked and what you can do about it.
A pre-planned back up is more of anticipation rather than an actual plan. It is having the necessary tools on standby in case something happens. A stage play will have more than one set of lights because it is possible some of these lights may go haywire and a replacement will be needed.
So, do not be afraid to make mistakes because it will help you develop your abilities in improvisation, and it is highly important in today’s professional world to be adaptable.