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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Still Not Optional

That may seem like a fairly obvious statement to you, but that truth does not often find its way into practice for far too many of us in the second half of life. Even if it sounds like a principle you already embrace, I encourage you to read on; there is still something in this article for you.

During my years of health coaching I realized how many people over 50 who lay claim to being healthy believe that ...

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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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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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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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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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