To Improve You Have to Keep Playing
“Champions keep playing until they get it right.” ~ Billie Jean King
Creating and running a startup is a tough task. Fortunately, there are methods that teach you how to manage your day-to-day life and help you achieve the product your customers want. Methodologies such as Lean Startup draw a framework of action and put order in a process that has a tendency to chaos.
The road is always full of uncertainty, but if you have a clear vision, it’s just about starting to work, measuring results and learning from them. Making mistakes is normal and often happens (especially in my case.) However, every mistake leads to a correction in the direction. In fact, both successes and failures help you develop a better product — if you are willing to learn.
Likewise, developing the best version of yourself is something complicated. Being more efficient, living calmer, being happier… that’s not easy. Fortunately, there are also methodologies like GTD, which teach you how to manage your attention, get rid of stress, and ultimately, become better. GTD also proposes a framework of action that puts organization into a personal process that, by its nature, tends to disorder.
However, at the beginning of using it, GTD can be misleading. It’s like a mirage. Since the processes that compose it are very easy to understand and are entirely based on common sense, you have the feeling that you are going to adopt it in a virtually instantaneous way. But soon that image begins to dilute.
It is very likely that sometimes, especially when you are implanting new behaviors in your life to try to be more effective, you feel guilty for not doing exactly what the methodology says, or for using shortcuts (such as capturing and processing at the same time), or by avoiding to do some process that you find cumbersome (the Weekly Review, for example).
And it is very likely that you will fail, that you will end up falling off the wagon. Like many people, you will think that if you haven’t managed to put it into practice the first time you won’t achieve it, and you will not even try again.
But think that you can only go wrong when you are playing something, and that the more you play and the more you are wrong, the closer you will be to winning. To improve you have to keep playing.