Aging Gracefully? Uh-uh.

Aging gracefully? What the hell is that, anyway? I’m sure it’s a phrase you’ve heard many times—often from so-called experts on aging, but just ask yourself what “aging gracefully” really means. I still don’t know. But I have to ask, “how does a phrase like that inform how a person thinks, acts, and chooses a lifestyle?” When I asked myself that question, I can’t come up with anything empowering on any level. The message I get from “aging ...

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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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Formulas Don’t Create Greatness

Greatness is a great word to describe what we’re after here. And especially relevant to those in the 2nd half of life because we’ve tried the safe route of career paths and can’t-miss plans and logical no-risk options, and we know they don’t lead to anywhere near greatness. They may lead to security, some money, a little respect, but there’s no game-changers in that mix.

The above statement is why I ...

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Where Sage-ness Begins

By now most of you know that a large chunk of my life has been devoted to the field fitness and health coaching. The first thing I want to say about that is, “isn’t it sad that I have to use 2 words to describe it?” After all, does anyone ever consciously seek just one without the other? In fact, the only way to have one without the other is to have an inaccurate definition of both of them. Accurately ...

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Making Life Easy

“The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.”  – Stephen Hawking

We all want to win at the game of life. And we all know what that looks like: a nice blend of qualities that includes health, wealth, relationships, happiness, purpose, etc. Yet, practically none of us feel that there are enough hours in a day—or even a year—to produce significant results in all of those. So, we prioritize. While that all sounds good in ...

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Insights For Quality Of Life

This post was inspired by a recent article that I’m sure many of you saw. It documented the fact that people who underwent gastric bypass or other medical weight-loss procedures were more likely post-op to become suicidal. By the end of this post you’ll have a better idea of why that is than the author of that article.

The article reminded me of an important message that I would like to get out to anyone pursuing a better experience ...

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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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Capital Q

There is no loftier goal that I can conceive of, from among all that are actually attainable by every person, than Quality Of Life. After all, it is the potential for the sum total of the experience of being human, lived to its highest possible level. Pretty heady stuff; but why let that keep us from going there if we can. Since it is the “ultimate goal”, it would seem to be important to understand it, if only as much ...

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When Health Isn’t What You Want

As my past writings readily reveal, the majority of my background is in the realm of health and fitness. When I saw clients privately, I took great pride in the many examples among them that achieved remarkable levels of observable health, performance, and general fitness. But I must admit that didn’t describe everyone I coached. Truth be told, not even a majority. As with every coach in that field, most clients have a very different outcome. We all just hope ...

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