Sunday, January 26, 2014


How often do you monitor yourself?

This means assessing your efforts, physical condition, and performance.

When you exercise, do you monitor the following: Perceived Rate of Exertion (PRE), heart-rate (zones), sweating, breathing, physical discomforts, etc. External measurements may be collected from instruments on speed, cadence, distance, and power.

Your medical practitioner measures your health status with questions (diagnosis), examination of your ENT (ear, nose and throat), blood pressure, heart-lung (stethoscope), and other tests. The information gleaned (usually absence of troubling symptoms, or presence of significant symptoms) will be used to assess the health condition, and therefore a prescription be derived from the analysis.

Family history is part of the indicators for predicting the future. Although the past may not necessarily determine our future, it can indicate likely behaviors. That is how tradition and custom factor into our lifestyle. If you have more stressors in your life, it may influence how your body copes with the changes. Again, predicators are not predictors.

For patients prescribed cholesterol-lowering drugs, like statins it essential to monitor side effects (which may be serious or fatal) like muscle weakness, memory loss, numbness and pain. An active athlete may be affected by both the physical (and physiological) and mental effects of such drug usage. It can impair your performance, lead to a reduction in exercise, and thus reduce quality of life, which is a push-back effect not desired.  

By monitoring our performance and symptoms, we deduce the internal conditions from the external. It is a logical pathway derived from inductive and deductive reasoning. Sometimes, we have to move backwards in order to move forwards.

Leadership Lessons: How do you monitor your performance? How do you know you are behaving appropriately? How does your current condition influence your future choices? How does your wisdom (gleaned from experience) determine your choices and decisions?

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