How often do we stop and look critically (and objectively) at what we do and how we do it? Not just in terms of the results, but at the process and the generation of the energy and motivation that drives us in the first place. Are we efficient, or is there room for improvement? Not by cutting corners but by streamlining and leverage. Using the skills and knowledge of people that are better and more able than we are at a particular task or process. Technology can help too, constantly searching for information that would help us achieve our goals more easily.
Critical self examination is essential in order to make progress, but it is rarely comfortable. It will involve time, energy and research to stretch your horizons and your perceptions in order to change what has become routine. The method of analysing and developing systems within the computer industry is called hacking, and recently I have turned my attention inwardly to better understand the systems and biochemistry that make me tick. The phrase that has been coined for this is BIOHACKING i.e. hacking one's own biology to better understand the biochemical effects of our environment, our food and drink and the resulting effects on our mood, motivation and energy.
Someone who has written extensively on the subject of Biohacking is Dave Asprey in his book The Bulletproof Diet. Over the last six months, I have enjoyed experiments involving;
sleep,nutrition; macronutrients of fat, protein and carbohydrate and micronutrients; vitamins and minerals,
exercise; both for strength and climbing movement specific,cognitive function; how my brain works, my ability to focus, be productive and creative, and my ability to switch off when it is time to relax.
My wife calls it my new fad (I have a habit of being very enthusiastic about 'life stuff'), but I think the quest for being Bulletproof is a keeper. It's okay to be happy with you as you are, but I think we can always build resilience and look for improvement. It's not that hard if you develop a genuine interest in how you tick, and why you tick a particular tock. Some might say it's a bit geeky, but in reality, I just have an open mind and I'm paying attention.