At Fitness Renaissance we want to help you turn your results into a performance milestone rather than an end game, so what does this mean?
Well end game thinking could go something like this, “I’m going to lose 5 kilograms then I will be happy”. However, a performance milestone would be more like, “I’m going to use the focus of my beach holiday to adopt healthier process’s that will stand me in good stead for this year and positively impact my health over the next 1,3 and 5 years”.
Whilst these are simplistic examples they highlight a trap that the unwary can fall into as they work towards their objectives because the healthy aspects we practise, that become integrated into our routines, are crucial to long-term success.
Confirmation Bias (1)
Definition: Confirmation Bias is the tendency to search for, interpret, favour, and recall information in a way that confirms one’s pre-existing beliefs or hypotheses.
Question: What are your health and fitness confirmation biases and how do they affect your performance?
Regression to the mean (2)
Definition: Regression to the mean is a technical way of saying that things tend to even out over time. The sprinter that breaks the world record will probably run closer to their average time on the next race; or the medical treatment that achieves stunning results on the first trial will probably not be as efficacious on the second. Specifically, it refers to the tendency of a random variable that is highly distinct from the norm to return to “normal” over repeated tests.
Question: When you set out your objectives, how effective are you at establishing a new level of consistency or do you find that your performance drops to previous levels?
The outcome bias (3)
Definition: The outcome bias is an error made in evaluating the quality of a decision when the outcome of that decision is already known.
Question: What ways do you evaluate your processes, and how effective are they at helping you achieve your desired results?
If you found the questions stimulating and would like to discuss your thoughts or explore ways in which you make healthy habits routine, please drop us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get in touch.
The Art of Thinking Clearly by Rolf Dobelli has inspired this blog post.
I hope you enjoy his youtube talk and thoroughly recommend his excellent book.