I have been asked how the ‘safe experiment’ model fits into our understanding of how we change.
This is a good point as some of the theory around change explains why we have to persist with some experiments and learn from results that leave us discomforted – those small defeats, I mention.
Effective change appears to require some initial inspiration, growing motivation, and an effective strategy that transforms into the ‘do-able thing’.
The results of acheiving one do-able thing after another makes for change. If it’s the preferred change – then you will do more of it.
If it is an unexpected or undesirable change, then you will find something a little bit different to experiment with instead.
For a practical example of a change process, specifically relating to the research of James Prochaska and Carlo DiClemente, take a look at:
This material is based on important research contained in their text:
Trans-theoretical Stages of Change model (1983), with more information here.
Those pages, alone, along with material from people I have met, provide considerable practical suggestions for any number of safe experiments. TRY IT!!