Man, I Love Science
By: Coach Sammie
My favorite subject since I was little has always been science. Every and any kind… biology, organic chemistry, anatomy, physiology…. And I was always the student that did better in the “lab” portion than the “lecture”. I attribute this to my ADD in that I am able to absorb much more information when I can actually DO something rather than just listening to some professor talk off a powerpoint. I loved experiments. Taking a hypothesis and figuring out a way to either prove or disprove it. I was always amazed at the work and knowledge it must have taken for the original person who create each experiment. The steps involved in creating a hypothesis, procedure, control factors, etc.
That is why I am so grateful for an education in science. A field that promotes APPLICATION of knowledge. A field that also promotes failure, repeated failure in fact. There are so many more failed experiments out there than there are successful ones. Want to know why? Because it takes multiple fails to find the solution. A successful experiment takes TIME, it takes PATIENCE, there will be FAILED ATTEMPTS, there will be CHANGES made in the procedures.
What if… we treated our life like a science experiment.
Not sure if any of you remember how to set up a proper science experiment (I may of had to google it.. don’t judge me).. but let me help get you started:
Hypothesis: Through long-term implementation of proper physical activity, nutrition, sleep, and stress management subject A can create a physiological state that results in optimal health and longevity of life.
- Physical Activity – Subject A performs daily forms of activity that promote muscle growth, increase cardiovascular health, and release endorphins.
- Nutrition – Subject A consumes nutrient dense foods that include all macro and micro nutrients needed to recover tissue and create hormonal balance in body.
- Sleep – Subject A receives sleep of the highest quality, is able to fall asleep fast and stay asleep for the appropriate time needed to wake energized and recovered.
- Stress Management – Subject A incorporates mental, physical, and emotional training habits that successfully reduce the impact of daily stress on their body.
I understand that the above experiment set up is not complete. There are a lot of other variables that I did not list. Because they will be different for every “subject A”, so you will have to figure out what those are for each of you. What about a time frame? When will we reach our conclusion? In a couple weeks, months, year, decades…. Well if our hypothesis states “long-term implementation” and “longevity of life”, then it seems likely this experiment won’t be concluded until the end of our life right? That might seem daunting on you but lets look at it this way… if we have our entire lives to complete this experiment, that gives us a lot of time to critique our work. It gives us several opportunities to fail, re-evaluate where we went wrong, correct the mistake, and implement a better technique going forward.
Your life is an experiment where YOU are the lead scientist, as well as the subject. You have probably heard the statement “enjoy the process”. This is such a crucial request. Learn to have FUN in this experiment that is your life. Be patient with yourself and with the process. And don’t be afraid to fail, because your failures will eventually lead to your successes if you don’t give up and keep adjusting as you go.
You will likely need some assistants through out your journey. Those to help see things maybe you missed, to keep your work organized, to bring you new information/ideas, to walk through the steps with you and assist you when needed. Remember though who’s experiment this is. The one who will do the majority of the work, the one who will personally be effected the most, and the the one who’s name goes on the paperwork at the end of it all… is YOU.