Why would I want to do that??
Fail Fast What does that mean? Why would anyone want to do that? Aren’t we supposed to succeed fast? Why would we ever make failure a goal? Fail Fast is a term that originated with C-suite execs in Silicon Valley and its ocean of start-ups. It is an approach to innovation that values extensive testing and incremental development to determine whether an idea has value. An important goal of the philosophy is to cut losses when testing reveals something isn’t working and quickly try something else, a concept known as pivoting. Failing fast seeks to take the stigma out of the word “failure” by emphasizing that the knowledge gained from a failed attempt actually increases the probability of an eventual success. In other words, the real aim of Fail Fast is not to fail, but to beiterative on the road to success.
What on Earth does this have to do with wellness?
The first step in achieving success is to know what you are trying to accomplish.
Within the wheelhouse of wellness, you are looking for answers to questions like:
How do I want to look?
How do I want to feel?
The next question is: what does the road look like between here and there?
What will get you to where you want to be?
There is no one right path to change.
I don’t know the ‘right’ path for you.
Neither does anyone else.
In fact, maybe you don’t even know the right path for you….YET…
And that’s perfectly ok.
Ironically, this is where a Fail Fast approach can radically alter our feelings about taking on challenges.
Why is that?
Because it addresses what we really fear.
If the goal is success, we must make room for failure.
Failure does NOT mean trying something that doesn’t work.
That is gumption.
Failure is trying something that doesn’t work and then not learning from it, not building on it, not pivoting and continuing to look for a solution that does work.
That’s giving up on yourself.
And that feels disappointing.
If you try a diet that worked great for a friend but isn’t a good fit for you, good for you for trying. That shoe didn’t fit. But don’t just shrug your shoulders, give yourself a kick for missing the mark, and dive into the cookie jar.
Instead, ask yourself what DID work for you about that diet?
What did you learn from that experiment that will help you get more clarity on what works better for you?
What is your next best step forward towards your goal?
I am not suggesting that if you try something for a day and it doesn’t work that it was the wrong path for you.
You have to try something long enough to gain some kind of meaningful knowledge or wisdom about yourself from the time and energy invested.
But walk your path with this knowledge:
To succeed, we must be open to failure.
But more than that, the intention is to ensure we are learning from our efforts as we tweak, reset, redo and grow.