When I feel myself reaching for the impossible—believing everything needs to be solved at the same time, for example—I bend my mind back to small incremental improvements.
I’ve done the same thing in my quest for purpose. I’ve stopped thinking I can choose a purpose and be done with it, like an excruciating shopping trip to The Meaning Store. I’ve learned that I’ll likely build purpose every day with the small incremental improvements I push out into the world, and the curiosity I bring to the response they get.
Three Ways to Incorporate Agile Thinking Into Your Life
- Push yourself out of your comfort zone in a conversation. This can mean different things to different people — See #3 for details.
- Gauge the impact of this incremental change on yourself and your listener. What happened?
- Decide if the impact is something you’d like to see repeated. If so, try to replicate the experiment again.