My yoga studio is overfull each January. Mats laid out on the floor like a patchwork quilt, with hardly a path between them.
Every year I plan for it by scheduling extra time before yoga for the first 6-weeks of the year & waiting patiently for the resolutions to crash & burn.
Apparently, only 1 in 10 people achieve the New Year’s resolutions they set.
Because Biohacking is research.
If you make Biohacking your resolution this year, that’s all you’re committing to: 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. But 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:
And 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~.
#1: To support my own biohacking efforts & those of others by making the application of personal biohacking research for health & well-being the particular focus of my blog in 2015~.
So stick with me!
#2: I also resolve to learn everything required to humanely kill & process a deer next hunting season.