The Power of the Kick Start
And, we're off!
If you read my previous post, you know that I am kicking off a pilot that will help me frame up a personal productivity program that I've been thinking about for a while. The program is based on applying agile principles and practices to personal life goals. The premise is that agile principles can help you break down larger goals (reducing debt, losing weight, kicking off a business) into smaller, more manageable parts that you are more likely to stick with.
So we've kicked things off and we're off to a great start. We did an intro session to get to know each other and talk about our goals. We talked a little about the program structure and what I was hoping to get out of the pilot.
I'll admit that I was a little nervous at first since I was not totally prepared. So I put it out there that things were not perfect or well-groomed and that everything was a work in progress. Everyone agreed that it seemed more prepared and well put together than I was presenting it to be.
So first lesson for me right out the door is - get started. I decided not to wait until I was fully "ready'. I knew that the timing was right and that I needed to just get moving. I am lucky that I can share with everyone that this is an experimental program at the time so it gives me a little wiggle room if things don't seem perfect. Sort of my "out".
But I also need to practice what I preach about perfection not being an attainable goal and put out to the universe things that are not perfectly done.
This is an exciting experiment to see how this evolves including even the name of the program. I am leaving things open to respond to how things come together. This feels strange to me but much more responsive in terms of trying something and then observing and then tweaking for next time.
So just like Lao Tzu says - a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. Taking one step after another to create something that I think will be pure awesome!
Read my next post about the pilot: Dream a Little