You can choose the experience you have, every day.
Most of the experiences you have are formed by a set of rules to a game that you have accepted, consciously or unconsciously. Many of these experiences are not the ones you would choose. You can change that.
I will take you through a 4-step process that we have uncovered over the past 10 years. The process brings together what my colleagues and I have learned in our own attempts at choosing agreements, and what we have learned from the one hundred groups we have met in over a dozen countries and from the thousands of people that have taken the vibrancy survey in 94 countries. The process is simple and hard. It is simple in that you only have to see the agreements you have and choose the ones you want. It is hard in that you have to see what was previously invisible and you have to enact your choice. We use the following 4 steps to make the hard simple.
- See what you already know about your experience
- Map your current experience
- Choose the experience you want
- Ask what agreements shape that experience
In this series of 4 blogposts, I will walk you through these 4 steps, after which you will be able to choose the experience you want and see the agreements that support that. After that you can decide whether you want to learn more about the design of specific agreements, which I will share in the next series on designing agreements.
Step #1 — See what you already know about your experience
You are hardwired to know. You know when you experience low vibrancy in a group or place, and you know when you experience high vibrancy. This knowing can show you everything you need to choose a different set of agreements. The first step is to understand what you are hardwired to know, the difference in your experience of low and high vibrancy groups.
In the following 7-minute video, you and I take this first step.
In the next blogpost, we see how to map your current experience.