Who Wants To Thrive?

Summing up a life that’s living up to its full potential doesn’t get any better than the word “thriving”. I love this word because it speaks to something much bigger than typical life goals like career, health, possessions, weight loss, or money. Thriving reflects those qualities, but mostly it reflects how you experience them. A true state of thriving never occurs in the absence of an individual that is honoring their life.

Thriving is a strong and uncommon state of Aliveness; ...

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The Importance Of Importance

In the ever-evolving practices for managing my life, I find that I have different priorities than most. It seems that I have little interest in the common goal of being more efficient, or maximizing my productivity, or accommodating other people’s schedules, or most of the other priorities labeled as good “time management”. I am far more interested in what makes my life more enjoyable and interesting first, and as exclusively as possible.

In that process I’ve always had the ...

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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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I’m A Terrible Blogger

I’m a terrible blogger… primarily because I don’t know what constitutes a great one, other than brevity.

But here’s what I do know, it appears to be impossible for me to communicate nearly anything on this subject matter with brevity.

To be honest, I have been accused in the past of believing that I got paid by-the-word. I’m certainly not conscious of that inclination, but the evidence is clear: the end result of my blog writing is horrifically longer than ...

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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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Natural Anti-Aging

Before you read on, ask yourself how you would characterize another kind of anti-aging. If you can’t quickly and easily describe the other kind including examples, just realize that this uncertainty will make you vulnerable to making some misguided choices for maximizing and extending your life. Then, read on, because this article will clear that up once and for all. It’s a very valuable distinction to have.

Before we talk about any kind of anti-aging, the ...

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Age, Minus The Number

How do we make sense out of the observation that humans decline in the capacity for life-engagement faster and farther than what is ideal and possible given our state of knowledge on the subject. I’m on a mission to unravel this curiosity, and create ideas and environments that supports maximizing quality of life beyond 50. The goal of course is to provide that ultimate road map for maximum, not merely acceptable, “aliveness” for as long as our lives ...

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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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You know How To Sing

There was a time in your life when you sang full-throated and loudly, with no self-consciousness or concern for whether you “knew how” or not. You may have only been 4 or 5, but it was still you. The only reason you now don’t sing, do it badly, or even think you can’t, is because someone in your past suggested to you that it was hard, rare, only for the talented, etc., and it caused you to think ...

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