My Januaries used to be a maelstrom of resolutions:
Six-pack abs by summer & a six-figure business by year end.
A new wardrobe, a new place, a new-improved me—more ballsy, less beige.
Except Failure would inevitably creep in and gnaw away at my freshly made life-rules.
100 sit-ups a day? Maybe tomorrow.
Doubling my rates? Maybe NEXT month.
Launching that new service? Er, maybe a year from now.
I’d always end up feeling like a giant disappointment.
And I hated that.
Until a few Decembers ago, when a conversation with award-winning author Jonathan Fields changed EVERYTHING for me.
In case you’re not familiar with Jonathan, he’s the man behind Uncertainty: Turning Fear and Doubt Into Fuel For Brilliance—a book hailed as The #1 Personal Development Book in the World.
And let’s not forget The Good Life Project: a weekly web-show designed to help people live more connected, engaged, and aligned lives. (The likes of Brene Brown, Simon Sinek, and Erika Napoletano have all featured as guests.)
Back to our phone call.
While the two of us talked, I griped: “I just want to figure out what my THING is.”
I longed to have it all figured out:
The edges of my business smoothed off.
My next steps mapped out.
The answers piled up in my lap & ready to roll.
But Jonathan suggested I try something else, instead:
“What if . . . you made next year The Year of Experimentation—and treated EVERYTHING as a test?”
That advice was liberating, to me.
Giving myself freedom to play was the radical shift I so desperately needed.
It took the pressure off completely. And it helped me tap into ideas I might never have explored otherwise.
And so while I was quiet here last year, I was busy behind the scenes.
I tested new offerings that never made it to the website. I increased my prices & didn’t announce it to the world. I flirted with the idea of creating a new service and later, a new program.
In the end, inundated with client work, the program wound up in the “someday” pile — but that was okay.
Because progress is not perfection.
And, as it turned out, all these tiny experiments opened the door for me to deepen into the work that I do so I could figure out where I wanted to go next.
I learned that failure isn’t fatal.
Far from it.
It’s an opportunity. To adapt. To evolve. And to emerge stronger than ever before.
So, the question is . . .
What if you treated YOUR business like an experiment?
What would change for you? And what would you do differently?
Join the conversation in the comments. (I’ll meet you there.)