Experiment – Don’t decide the Outcome before you Start!
Experiment is defined as “a scientific procedure undertaken to make a discovery, test a hypothesis, or demonstrate a known fact.”
If we decide to conduct an experiment – we need to ascertain ‘Just’ two things:
- What is the aim or objective of the experiment (Decide the Goal)
- Set of procedures that will have to be followed as part of the experiment. (Decide the Process)
Before we go further, let’s reflect for a moment on possible outcome of the experiment – there could be just two outcomes: ‘Success’ or ‘Failure’. So mathematically chance of Success is 50% in any experiment.
In real life whenever we try a new thing (which by itself is an experiment), we ascribe a probability of success even before we start. Most often we assign a less than 50% – slim chances, very difficult to get results, easier said than done, I don’t have that kind of luck – This vocabulary reflects that we have reached our conclusion even before we have begun the experiment. This miscalculation of success is the primary reason most of us are not open for enough experimentation in life.
If we think deep, ascribing lower probability of success is the reflection of the inner fear of failure which stops us from thinking rationally. Most of us mask this feeling (fear of failure) by hiding behind the experiences of the past which we think are enough to justify our bias towards the result of the experiment. Even more dangerous is ascertaining the probability of success based on others life experiences. [Your friend did not lose weight by practicing yoga so yoga will not work for you!] Rarely are things ceteris paribus!
In nutshell, before we start any experiment we need to take a step back and think as an outsider to see the biases that are inflicting the experiment.
Before I close I would like to leave you with thought of great scientist Thomas Edison who failed 1000 times before inventing electricity:
A reporter asked Edison: “How did it feel to fail 1000 times?”
Edison replied: “I didn’t fail 1000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1000 steps.”
TRY that which you have been postponing TODAY – give yourself a fair chance!