When it comes to career planning, being too optimistic could hurt you in the long run. For instance, if your career path assumes you’ll be in the same role, with the same company, working with the same team a year from now, then you are not taking into account the potential risks that could threaten your vision of the future, suggest Jonathan Brill and Dorie Clark in this article. Brill and Clark developed a three-step framework that anyone can use to ensure their career plans are robust – no matter what the future holds. “By proactively looking at the range of possible futures, you can avoid unnecessary risks, solve problems before they occur, and make sure your efforts today yield better returns tomorrow,” they write. Learn how to do just that by following the actionable advice in this article.