What is the best way to tackle a daunting task or behavioral change? Many authorities emphasize the traditional approach of goal, structure, and feedback. While helpful, such approach lacks the transformational jet fuel of adventure and experimentation.
Ask a young person why she tried chocolate on her broccoli. She may well answer “to see how it would taste”. While the objective of improving the taste of broccoli may be important to her, discovering something new is what excites her. For her, there is no “failure” if the chocolate on broccoli is not to her taste. She simply moves on to the next combination. This is the mindset of our greatest explorers.
When discovery, rather than modality, is our focus, the entire process becomes an adventure. We not only have permission to “fail”, we expect hits and misses along the way and look forward to the next challenge.
The Power of the Experiment
Ordinary folks accomplish extraordinary things when they experiment. Pat Flynn, the highly successful entrepreneur and founder of Smart Passive Income describes himself as the “crash test dummy of online business”. A. J. Jacobs, author of Drop Dead Healthy, spent two years chronicling his efforts to become what he described as “the healthiest person in the world”. Tim Ferriss started a movement with his Experiments in Lifestyle Design and his 4 Hour series.
Leaving our comfort zone for a predetermined period of time to test a method for solving a problem or accomplishing a goal can be a life changing experience. If we are willing to make ourselves human guinea pigs, we will not only learn what works best for us, but what makes us tick as well.
Opportunities to Experiment
Imagine what you could accomplish if you were willing to undertake a worthy experiment? The opportunities are endless. Would your life be different if you did not complain for 30 days? What would happen if you went on a digital fast for 14 days? Would anything change if you gave away one item every day for 30 days? How many precious people could you call in 7 hours to tell them that you love them?
Experiment and Share With Others
Paradoxically, many of us benefit more from a regular Joe sharing his struggles than we do from the world’s most accomplished individual addressing the same topic. Joe gives us hope. If Joe can do it, we can too.
We would love to hear about your personal experiments in the comments below. Please share!
Originally posted on http://SimpleLifeReboot.com