My yoga studio is overfull each January. Mats laid out on the floor like a patchwork quilt, with hardly a path between them.
For the first 6 weeks each year I arrive ½ an hour early just to find a spot. But by the end of February it's just normal-crowded: 10 minutes early is ample.
Every year I plan for it by scheduling extra time before yoga for the first 6-weeks of the year and waiting patiently for the resolutions to crash and burn.
Apparently, only 1 in 10 people achieve the New Year's resolutions they set.
Because Biohacking is research.
Biohacking is personalized (n=1) experimentation to improve health and experience.
If you make Biohacking your resolution this year, that's all you're committing to: n=1 research.
Specifically, research into the impacts of the interactions between yourself & your environment.
As with any research, you'll have a working hypothesis & a initial goal. But these might evolve as you go. Biohacking allows for that.
Hacking Your Resolution
Evidence suggest that people who fail to achieve their resolutions usually don't have a plan. With biohacking, you get an automatic work-around, because the resolution is the plan.
Your plan is to apply a research orientation to optimizing your life.
Prevailing wisdom also indicates that we're all more likely to succeed in reaching our goals if they're SMART: Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Realistic & Time-Bound. Biohacking checks those boxes.
It inherently encourages specificity, measurement, attainability, reality-testing & attention to time-frame.
Experts on goal setting also recommend that we make just one resolution & channel all our energy toward it.
Biohacking is just one resolution: to approach life with relentless curiosity & make adjustments as you learn.
As mentioned, only 1 in 10 people achieve their New Year's resolutions.
It's nearly impossible to fail in your biohacking resolution, if you remain committed to reality-testing & continue to gather data no matter what.
For example, you may have started out with the goal of going to yoga regularly. Or eliminating inflammatory foods. Perhaps in time your behaviour strayed from strict fidelity to this new protocol.
Did you fail?
As a biohacker, falling out of your protocol simply presents an opportunity for curiosity. A new occasion to learn about the unique & complex biological & psychological laboratory that is you.
It enables you to ask:
- Why did I revert to old patterns?
- What happened in the time period before, during & after the reversion?
- What challenges am I experiencing in getting back to my protocol? How can I reduce the influence of those obstacles?
- How are my current nutritional & lifestyle patterns impacting my well-being?
Use the information to design a protocol that has a better chance of success.
As long as you keep gathering data, learning & applying your new knowledge, you're still biohacking.
To support my own biohacking efforts & those of others by making the application of personal n=1 experimentation for health & well-being the particular focus of my blog in 2015.
So stick with me!
Biohack U 1:1 Coaching
Experts in personalized (n=1) experimentation methods, Biohack U Coaches can help you get started with your own n=1 and can assist you with troubleshooting your healing process.
Joanna is a Certified Health Coach living in Australia. She focuses on helping people effect positive behavioral change through the personalization of their healing protocol lifestyle.
Petra brings 25-years of experience in research and evaluation to her coaching practice. Her area of expertise is personalized experimentation (n=1) for healing & optimization.