The Quantified Self
The quantified self movement is gaining steam. It’s fantastic. I love watching how so many of us (me too) buy the latest apps and gadgets that track how much we move and sleep, that track our nutrition and calories, menstrual cycles, and moods.
It’s not really about the tracking, though. After all, the data we gain from tracking our bodies simply gives us a baseline of information. The power in the data is in experimenting with how we live our lives in order to improve aspects of it. If I change this, or this, how will it affect my data? Can I run further if I eat more protein? Can I sleep for 30 minutes less, giving myself more time on my projects, without it affecting my performance?
Biohacking is becoming more and more mainstream, from individual bloggers simply posting about their daily diet progress to global influencers like the 4-Hour Body Tim Ferriss, the Bulletproof Executive Dave Asprey, and experiments from David at Raptitude whom have built large followings from cataloguing endeavours to improve themselves.
Why the fascination with tracking our personal data and biohacking? Many of us want to be the very best we can be. Many of us have high expectations of ourselves, and realise that being at the peak of our possible health enables us to be far more productive and give us a greater likelihood of achieving our goals. There is a group of people that want to maximise this, and actively researches how much more they can achieve if they go for optimum health rather than simple general good health. Optimum or peak health is far more than the absence of illness. By optimum health, I refer to all the aspects of ourselves that contribute to our well-being: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health.
Most of us know that we feel better, work better, and are happier when we are eating wholesome and nutritious food and getting some regular exercise. Additionally, as we move into adulthood, most of us have learned ways of managing some of our pitfalls (e.g.: perfectionism, procrastination, balancing work and play) and we have also learned how to better manage our relationships.
And this is where the Q12 profiling system comes in. It helps us ‘hack’ the way we think, the way we act, and the way we relate to others. Some clients of Think Act Relate consider themselves perfectly functional and generally happy, with healthy relationships and a good level of self awareness. The benefit they see in the JumpStart process is the potential to go beyond being ‘good enough’, to maximise the potential within their relationships, improve decision making and self management of their feeling/emotional states. It might be a desire to improve their leadership skills, their relationships or become more productive all-round through self awareness (and eventual mastery). There are many people who seek an ‘edge’. Your Q12 profile can provide that edge.
The Q12 profiling system gives you clear feedback about your specific strengths in relation to others. We often are not good at judging where our strengths lie, but the profile system will show you how you think, act and relate – across twelve different dimensions – and where you score against the rest of the population. The profile also lets you know what areas could benefit from your attention, should you choose to put time and energy in that area. The Jumpstart process provides you with explicit actions to take in those areas you want to improve – actions that are guaranteed to challenge you.
I expect the quantified self movement will be increasingly interested in improvements beyond the physical, and will focus on improving self mastery in the ways we think, act and relate: facilitated through instruments like Q12.