I spent several hours preparing for the session. I had all the printouts ready; I had everything set up. And there I sat in an empty room. Twenty minutes had gone by and it was apparent no one was coming. Big sigh.
Leading these weekly creative sessions is a brand new endeavor for me. I’ve had to walk into it knowing that it’s possible that the experiment will fail, but being hopeful about learning through it and finding success. Several people came to the first session, but at the second session it was just me, myself, and I sitting in a room listening to the whir of heater air and the traffic outside the windows.
It’s not that other people don’t want this, or that it’s a bad idea, but there are probably some details to tweak with the model or how I’m communicating or the location or the time. I’m figuring all that out through the experience itself.
This is hard: taking risks and opening yourself up to the possibility of failure.
Some people downplay the word “failure” or say, “don’t think about failing and you won’t.” Failure, though, is necessary to acknowledge and to experience. It has also opened up opportunities for me to learn, to test myself, and to evaluate my desires and interests.
What are you doing that risks the possibility of failure? What helps you look failure in the face and move forward with new hope?
For me, I’m going to try again, and take it as a learning experience no matter what will come; I’ll re-think and re-evaluate and take a more honest look at what I want.
(For more Scoutie Girl goodness on failure, read Brittni Mehlhoff’s article on The 5 Steps to Moving on from Failure.)
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The new sessions I’ve started are called Resurge Groups. See www.meetup.com/resurgegroups for more information. Maybe it generates a new idea for you!