Sometimes, we need to look at information that make us feel uncomfortable. As a leader, I acknowledge “bad” news, as well as my capacity to receive it.
I like simple metrics, especially those that don’t require purchasing hardware or subscriptions!
The first one… can I spend a random weekday with someone I love? Shared experience is a form of wealth.
Another… last year, how often did “yesterday” screw up “this morning“? => hangovers, days without exercising, days without writing, days waking up late… depends on your goals.
Keep it simple.
The amount of data coming from wearables has exploded over the last few years.
Like the early years of power meters, the data is best used to make our mistakes visible.
With health, the big ones might turn out to be: alcohol, intensity, salt, carbohydrate timing, inactivity, anaerobic load… time will tell.
In my life, the valuable information is in the mistakes. Most of us know what we ought to be doing. What’s helpful is clearly seeing my errors.
Soon, we will be able to be constantly connected to our physiology (blood lactate, HVR, HR, glucose, breathing rate, blood pressure). If we want then data will be constantly scrolling across our phones.
A lesson of Taleb’s Fooled By Randomness… the less often you check the data, the better the quality of the signal you receive. Nassim was writing about portfolio returns, the lesson applies widely.
Consider the one thing you are seeking to achieve in 2022, and write it down. The One Thing is the thing, if I happened, that would create a positive cascade in your life.
One things from the last 20 years…
- Get a loss-making business to profitability (reduce cash burn)
- Launch a new product (make money, while saving time)
- Launch a new company (create options for financial wealth creation)
- Cash flow breakeven (increase self-directed time)
- Write a book (establish expert credentials)
- Improve my relationship with my daughter (become a world-class father)
- Take care of a dying relative (learn about death)
- Become an expert skier (mastery)
- Win an Ironman (mastery)
- Find love (connection)
- Increase the kindness I show my wife (2022 goal)
Before you move forward, look back…
- Where did I sleep last year?
- How many nights did I spend away from my One Thing?
Where I am… a revealed preference.