Life is all about progress and seeing as you're here, reading this blog, you'd like to make progress in some specific way. Whether it's financially, physically, mentally or even spiritually, progress is a fundamental desire of all humans. But what if I told you there's only one way to make progress and you've been doing it your whole life? The process of learning what actions get you certain rewards then reinforcing or repeating those actions starts from when you're born and continues till the day you die. This process is highly subconscious but it's actually pretty straight forward. It's called the scientific process!
Ever since we're born our brains are constantly applying the scientific process to determine which behaviors and actions are best to repeat and which ones we should stay away from. This process involves making a hypothesis, testing the hypothesis, looking at the results and either changing the hypothesis or accepting it. For example, your brain hypothesizes that if you eat a cupcake, you'll get a bunch of sugar and energy. you then test this by eating a cupcake and realize your hypothesis was correct. Since your body and brain like storing as much energy as possible, you continue to repeat this action and now 20-30 years later, a box of cupcakes doesn't last more than 30 minutes. Though you're constantly applying this process subconsciously for biological desires, here's how you can apply it consciously to your goals and create your perfect life.
To begin this transformative journey, adopt a mindset of curiosity. Question your current habits, routines, and beliefs. Challenge the status quo and open yourself up to new possibilities. Ask yourself, "What aspects of my life would I like to improve?" or "What are my ultimate goals?". As a running example throughout this blog, we will use losing weight as the goal.
Define Your Hypothesis:
Based on the questions you've raised, create hypotheses that will guide your exploration. Be specific and realistic. For example, if you want to lose weight, your hypothesis could be, "replacing unhealthy snacks with fruits and low calorie snacks will result in me losing weight."
Test and Experiment:
Now, it's time to put your hypotheses to the test. Design experiments and gather data to evaluate their effectiveness. Start with small, manageable changes to ensure meaningful results. For example, you can try buying more fruits at the grocery store while cutting back on the snacks for a couple weeks. Testing one hypothesis at a time is key to knowing what really works and what doesn't.
Collect and Analyze Data:
Throughout your experiments, collect relevant data, such your weight at a consistent time, fruits eaten, snacks eaten, and physical changes. Use a journal, tracking apps, or any other suitable tools to document your progress. Regularly review and analyze this data to identify patterns, correlations, and cause-and-effect relationships.
Iterate and Refine:
Based on your data analysis, make adjustments to your experiments and refine your approach. Determine what is working and what isn't. Continually adapt and fine-tune your habits, schedules, diets, and exercise routines accordingly. Remember, this process is about finding what works uniquely for you. It can also help to consult with professionals and experts throughout this process to refine your hypotheses and increases the chances of your desired results. It's also important to remember that regardless of if your hypothesis passed or failed, consistency is key to any goal and failure is just an opportunity to learn and restart better informed.
By utilizing the scientific method in your personal development journey, you can unlock the power to create your perfect life. Embrace curiosity, experiment, collect and analyze data, seek expert advice, and maintain a growth mindset. Remember, the process is unique to you, so stay patient and consistent. Embrace the journey and relish in the transformation that unfolds as you construct a life that aligns with your deepest aspirations.