Today I was in an Agile class that I am lucky enough to be taking in conjunction with my job. One of the major components of the Agile methodology is to try something and if it doesn’t work, try something else.
Inherent in that instruction is the idea that not only will you fail, you are expected to fail and are in fact given permission to fail.
This is a concept I learned about a long time ago when I got involved with improvisational acting. It was one of the first exercises I learned.
You make a mistake (on purpose!!!!!!!!!) take a deep bow and say, “I FAILED”
It was so incredibly freeing and we even called it a “failure bow” so you acknowledged the fail and then moved on with the next scene. It was great!
I think far too often we are so wrapped up in looking perfect and being just right and doing things JUST so, that we miss the opportunity to embrace the unknown, the missteps and the happy accidents that come with experimentation.
What can you open up for yourself if you gave yourself permission to not be perfect, or better yet, give yourself permission to “play” and then it’s a game and if you lose, you learn and if you win, that’s good too.
What do you need to do to unlock yourself from perfect?
What if you thought of FAIL as — “First Attempt At Learning” (like the picture says)
Can you let go of the idea that you have to be perfect? Can you open yourself up to the notion of play and experimentation? What might happen? What can you learn?
I say to you, I give you permission to fail, I give you permission NOT to be perfect, in fact, embrace the opportunity to try something completely new, which by the way, means you won’t be perfect, because you can’t be new and perfect at the same time.
Think About It.