“It is by logic that we prove, but by intuition that we discover.”– Henri Poincaré, French mathematician, theoretical physicist, and engineer
A lot of people in this world reason and create goals based on analogy. In other words, people look at what other people around them have done and set their limits. This makes sense… before science and the internet!
I like to reason and set my goals based on first principle or what I call “My Discovery Process”. The concept is to break down complex problems or goals into basic elements. Then you can reassemble them from the ground up. It’s a great way to learn to plan for your own personalised health and fitness objectives. In the process, you might even unlock hidden creative potential and move from linear to non-linear results and success.
If you read some things I write or listen to my podcast, you might hear me mention or mumble something about “My Discovery Process”. I’ll admit that I’m the first person to jump on idealistic and “in the clouds” type of thinking and questioning. But I’ve been able to harness pragmatic usage through that same process. I think in its clumsy state, it’s worth it.
I use my Discovery Process frequently to help make immediate and future decisions in all facets of my life. Areas and goals like my personal, fitness, work, relations, etc. I’m sure most people have a system or process that they use, but I want to share my process with you as it may help you in your day to day decision making and other planning stages of life.
The best part? It’s a simple strategy that is easy to use and can be adapted to your needs as you progress further along in your fitness, health, wellness and general life journey.
My discovery process has three distinct parts that ebb and flow in no particular order, but this seems to be how the order usually goes;
- Part 1 – Evidence-Based Research
- Part 2 – Talking To Experts
- Part 3 – Pulling From My Experience & Preparing for Failure
Shortly we will explore those a bit further. I will talk about and then give a real-world case-study example of each part.
My discovery process usually starts with a hypothesis or objective. An example of this hypothesis while using a past example from my own training moving forward :
“Is it possible for me at my (then) fitness level to run a full marathon with very little marathon specific training and also not hit the wall while eating a moderate to low carbohydrate diet during the training up to the race”.
Earlier I spoke about how my “My Discovery Process” is actually just reasoning from first principles vs reasoning from analogy.
Elon Musk is known for reasoning from first principles and here is a great video of him explaining this phrase/