Quoting the Philosopher Alan Watts: “You are under no obligation to be the same person you were five minutes ago.” I have come to believe life is full of small experiments, we can adjust with self-reflection on how things are going.
We can live with the philosophy that life is an experiment by asking effective questions about yourself, your life, other people and experiences to provide insights to overcome any challenges.
The key is to focus on making small and incremental improvements.
"All of life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Just keep an open mind and challenge yourself to begin thinking like a scientist; a scientist that sees no failure, only feedback. Take time to ask yourself questions, gather the feedback and develop your next experiment.
What if I try… What then?
What if I did this differently?
What if I put these two things together?
How would things improve if I…?
How else could I do this?
How else could I solve this problem?
How could I improve on this result?
What is the relationship between these things?
What led to this event?
What affected that? How?
What patterns are evident here?
What assumptions am I making about this?
How could my assumptions be hindering me from seeing what is really going on here?
How can I be wrong?
What have I learned from this experiment?
What will I continue doing as a result?
What will I refrain from doing during my next experiment?
What will I do differently next time? How?
I look forward to hearing your thoughts on this philosophy.
"Effective leaders are made, not born. They learn from trial and error, and from experience." ~Colin Powell