In order to be living an Agile life we need to develop competency in certain skills. These skills have been broken down into seven domains, each one is an important facet of living out the values and principles of Agile.
The Seven Facets To Achieving Personal Agility
- Looking inward – Taking time to put our lives under the microscope and examine who we truly are is fundamental to our growth. We need to learn to look inward as well as how to ask for feedback, receive it, and use it to our advantage for personal growth
- Clear vision – Many people drift in their lives, letting others dictate what they do and when they do it, one day they wake up and it’s too late, their entire life has been lived by someone else, It’s time to take the reins and plot a course for where we want to go, it’s time to live an intentional life
- Taking smart risks – From time-to-time in our lives we must be willing to take risks in order to grow, learning to identify the difference between our own internal limiting self-talk/doubt versus legitimate danger can help us all become more successful risk takers
- Entrepreneurial spirit – All great entrepreneurs know that fundamentally they exist to create value for someone else, they learn to constantly inspect and adapt (pivot when things aren’t working) in order to survive and to thrive
- Meaningful relationships – Despite our strong wills we simply can’t do it all on our own, after we have learned what our strengths are, we should work to surround ourselves with others who can help shore up our weaknesses to allow us to focus on what we do best
- Situational leadership – There will be times when we are called to lead and others when we need to follow, learning when and where to apply situational leadership techniques can make the difference between being an effective leader or not
- Life as flow – Throughout every day we constantly shift from one activity to another, by learning when to do certain activities we can enhance our productivity and enjoyment of life
Personal agility is all about building competency in these seven domains. We can’t expect to achieve mastery in all of them overnight. It may take years of hard work and dedication to become skilled at some of them and others may come quite naturally to us. Remember that life is about the journey, not the destination. By taking the first step to improving ourselves we are starting down a new path to achieving our own Personal Agility and a better life.