Small experiments before big experiments

Part of the beauty of experimentation is… experimentation. Don’t jump into a crazy experiment without experimenting with it first.

For instance…

  • When I first got into barefoot jogging, I tried running around the block. My feet hurt after that, but not enough to keep me from trying again. Eventually, I worked that up to like five miles. I’m confident now that when the time comes, I’ll be able to run a full marathon barefoot.
  • When I first started blogging, I posted twice a week. Later, I started this blog and committed to doing it each day but only for a week. Then that turned into a month. Now I’ve been at it each day (give or take a few late posts) for over a year.
  • When I first started conquering the screen, I began by cutting just my Facebook visits to once per day. Then I tried cutting out TV altogether. Slowly, I’m planning to add more (or less, depending on how you look at it) to the experiment.

Point is, I start small, without much commitment, and trade up from there. It’s the way experiments work. They get the ball moving. Instead of depending on a bunch of planning, experiments rely on real-time iteration.

Awareness instead of prediction.

Adaptations instead of forecasts.

Knowledge instead of guesses.