“If it doesn’t work? Blow it up. Do it again. Repeat!” – Futurist Jim Carroll
I filmed a bit the other day for a story as to how disruptive trends are coming back onto the global leadership radar – and what organizations need to do about it. I had a great stage set, but I wasn’t happy with my performance. So I stewed over it for a day – it consumed a lot of my mind during my golf round – and figured out what I needed to do with it instead. I needed a different approach.
I came back and did it again from anther perspective. Reorganized my thoughts; changed the approach; mixed it up a bit; focused a bit more on the key message.
I nailed it!
I spoke about my dilemma in a brief intro to my video – this was the lead in to my successful attempt. Give it a watch. I’ll post the full leadership video later today.
Confronting your failure by trying again – this, in a nutshell, in the secret to success.
Try, fail, do it again.
The hardest thing about this approach is developing the willingness to give up on the investment you might have already made in doing something. Perhaps that’s due to your innate stubbornness – an inability to let things go.
And yet you’ll find that you live under a relentless internal microscope of achievement. You won’t be happy with what you’ve done. It will gnaw at the back of your mind – reminding you that you could do a better job. You’ll try and convince yourself that your effort was ok, maybe – just good enough.
And then, that little voice will come back and tell you – you could have done better!
And if you don’t resolve this internal argument, you’ll never be happy with yourself!
And so – you do it again! And you get it right!
That’s all you need to do.