Is Life A Competition?

Sports and business are often used as metaphors for life. Are you among those that automatically assume that this is a constructive metaphor? What about the possibility that the qualities necessary for success in those disciplines is actually destructive to your quality of life?

This sports/business-life corollary is a constant theme in advertising and other forms of motivation. Personal development teachers all have their litany of sports/business metaphors that appear to prove their point and provide a benchmark for ...

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Harmless Life-Antidotes

As you know, we promote the umbrella concept “Quality Of Life” as a first-line strategy (details here), but for some people, the act of creating uncommonly high levels of that quality is actually so simple that it doesn’t seem like they’re doing enough. What a nice problem to have, huh? Just to address this briefly I would say that it’s quite alright, in fact preferable, that universal QOL practices are the only strategy you employ. That ...

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What Does It Mean To Thrive

Here’s some thoughts that ought to help set the stage for the creation of a spectacular 2nd half of life: The primary goal of life is to die with no regrets. In other words, causing your life to thrive today and always. How is that different than what you’ve always done? The difference is in the definition of “thrive”.

This is not a passive approach, but an aggressive one. I’m not here to help you make excuses for why your ...

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Never Say Retire

I’m not sure where the concept of retirement came from; I’m only guessing that it was never part of the vocabulary prior to 70 or 80 years ago. This notion that we could step out of the mindless machinery that our careers have become and still survive financially is a good notion I suppose, but it begs the question of why we ever allowed ourselves to be sucked into that machinery in the first place. Also, the concept ...

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Which Longevity Did You Choose?

When the conversation is about health and how to improve it, we can inadvertently cheapen the concept of health if we don’t expect that one of the outcomes will also be longevity. But if our strategy for health—indeed our entire concept of it—consists mainly of engaging with the medical community, we have just turned our backs on the purest form of health there is, along with the most powerful path to quality longevity.

Barring some very specific ...

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Putting The “Whole” Back In Holistic

I constantly seek out information and discussions where the subject is having a more successful life. Setting aside the definition of “successful” for a moment, most of those discussions actually focus on either the perceived experience of life (a.k.a., mental, emotional, spiritual health), or the practical experience (physical health), but in both cases the unexpressed presumption is that if you fix one, you’ll fix the other. After all, can it be successful without both?

Among the “experts” on the ...

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A Big Picture, Not A Big Job

I often refer to ancient periods in our history to find cues as to how early humans thrived. We know they thrived because of the physical hardships they endured to continue the species to the next generation, which provided for us being here today. This is the basic premise upon which the popularized “primal” and “paleo” movements are based. I’m not going to align myself with either of those labels (though I largely support the work) because of the inevitable ...

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A Mild Case Of Dead

There are multiple ways that a passive approach to life will compromise the quality of it; your real life—the one that is measured by your enthusiasm for the day and your contribution to the world, not the one that is measured by the presence of a heartbeat.

Until we face this very real fact, we’ll continue to allow more compromises into the quality of our real life than is necessary, and of which we’re even aware. One of the things that ...

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Foundation For Success

I’m going out on a limb here and assume that “successful” is one of the words you would like used to describe your life. Good, then you are definitely someone I want to talk to.

Quality Of Life is the foundation for success. Trying to create success (no matter how you define it) without addressing your own personal Quality Of Life is like trying to build a house without a foundation. And just like the foundation of your house, trying to ...

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I Don’t Blame You For Being Cynical

Pick any contributing factor to your quality of life: making money, eating right, raising great kids, exercise, relationships… all of it. At any moment in time, any recommendation for success will be both the best and the worst advice you’ve ever gotten. In other words, any given strategy will be embraced by roughly half of the people you know, and will be rejected as crap by the other half. Same goes for the so-called experts on the subject—including scientists; half ...

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