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How to Think Like a Scientist….& (More Importantly) How to ACT LIKE A SCIENTIST So You Get Scientific (i.e. Dependable) Results.

29 November 2011 No Comment


In an old talk-show radio program about self-discipline, I shared how since “everything is an equation,” one great way to raise your self-discipline (and start getting RESULTS) is to be more of a scientist who *experiments.*






What I mean by that is you can QUICKLY overcome your limitations and almost IMMEDIATELY discover the best methods, techniques and tools to accomplish your goals by having an experimentation-approach.




An Experimentation-Approach???

And what I mean by that is simple: DO EVERYTHING AS A TEST. Do things small initially to see the type of results you get FIRST and then – after you find what works – SCALE THAT UP.



Stop thinking that you need to start off with a great, big idea that’s going to have this major impact and requires a *huge* investment of time and energy up front. Instead, try experimenting with different things to see:


>> what you like,

>> what fits your personality,

>> what leverages your particular strengths,

>> what gets you the results you want and

>> what you can see yourself being dedicated to FOR A MINUTE.



Big goals – especially new ideas that you’re unsure of – create a sense of *pressure*, and that pressure is at the root of most procrastination.


picture of frustrated student



Worse off, you don’t even know if it’s going to work, so you might end up investing a lot on the front end only to find out that it was a bad idea (or a complete waste of time to begin with) after the fact.



THIS IS WHERE A LOT OF OTHERWISE EXTREMELY PROMISING INDIVIDUALS MESS UP: THEY HAVE THIS GREAT IDEA ABOUT SOMETHING UNREALISTICALLY HUGE AND PROMISING BEFORE THEY EVEN START, BECAUSE IN THEIR HEAD IT SEEMS SO PERFECT…




As an Example…

A few years ago I wanted to start a writing group and when I told a poet friend of mine about it, his immediate response was “Yeah, you know I can get you set up at such-and-such a venue, and my man does promotion, so we can even get it popping on campus and start a poetry-movement!!!”



I just said, “Well, that sounds good but uh, let’s see how the first meeting goes and take it from there.”



And that’s the type of realistic, experimentation-thinking I’m talking about, because it’s much easier to be disciplined, focused, productive and effective when it comes to setting up *a single meeting* then it is to when it comes to starting a “poetry movement.”


picture of student at lunchroom



What I’m really getting at here is that you can’t let yourself get carried away by the enthusiasm. A new idea might be promising or sound good, but unless you have raw data (real feedback from small samples) it’s still too fictional to take seriously…




But I Want to Do BIG Things…

Now you might be thinking, “Yeah, you’re right Bryan, but I don’t want to just do small things, I want to do BIG THINGS…I want to be somebody who leaves an impact.”



And THAT’S GREAT: you should want to leave an impact, but worry about that after you “strike gold.” The time for you to start thinking big is when you find an opportunity *that works* and builds momentum on its own…it’s something you’ll feel intuitively insteaassume preeminently.



(Just like a great relationship, it’s something you want to just happen and grow naturally, not conscientiously plan out. Simply put, scientists don’t jump to conclusions.)



Again, I’m not saying don’t be dedicated, but what I AM saying is that when it comes to specific projects and specific plans, start small and then scale up…always test your hypothesis before you commit.



Remember that you, I and everyone else you know that’s about progress *is constantly learning.* Our minds are always going to the next level, and that means that the vast majority of ideas we have AREN’T GOING TO WORK.



Just like most relationships don’t last and most businesses don’t last, most of your IDEAS won’t last either, so your best bet is to *experiment* (to try different things and play around with different things in a detached way) before you get too hyped or too involved with any particular program…ESPECIALLY when it comes to working with other people.






Hope this helps. Know you can contact me at anytime for more, and take care…



Peace,
+B



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