Creating a Vision

Before you can begin designing the life you want to live, you need ask yourself a couple of questions. First, what would excite me? If your vision doesn't completely, 100% excite you, then you really need to figure out what would excite you (for however long this may take). Once you are thoroughly excited by this vision of the kind of life you want to live, you need to ask yourself the second question. Is the person I am currently, the person that can live that future life I have in mind?

The Laws of Human Nature…

To say that we humans are a unique species would be the understatement of all understatements. At our core, we are animals, just like all the other animals that we see around us every day. We have basic instincts that drive us just like all the others. And yet we have evolved, psychologically, in ways that are unmatched in the history of the planet. And this is what makes us great. But it is also what can make life seem so difficult.

Our social evolution is at such an accelerated pace that it has left our physical evolution in the proverbial (or maybe primordial) dust. And the problem is that, for the most part, we don’t even know it. Daily, we make decisions that we believe are based on rational thought, but in reality, those decisions are completely, or primarily, instictive. Scientifically, this would be Brainstem vs. Cerebrum, or maybe Caveman vs. Blogger.

Our Programming

All of the behaviors that determine who we are today are based on a belief system whose development began long before we can remember. That early development laid the foundation, then continued through our teenage years, into adulthood, and continues to influence our decisions even today. This is our programming. The problem is that we are guided subconsciously by a set of rules that we never agreed to. We were too little to even remember, let alone decide whether we would like to live our future lives under those rules or not. This is what Don Miguel Ruiz would call “the domestication of humans.”

Change - The Big Hurdle

When it comes to problem solving, there is one thing that I have noticed in my profession over the last six years about human nature. It's that...

We either want the solution incredibly easy, in a pill or juice form, or we want the solution to be so incredibly difficult, that we are doomed to fail. And when we do fail, we can go back to the couch and tell ourselves - "this is just how I was made, but at least I tried". I know, I've been there. Some are holding off on getting started because they believe that the easy solution is right around the corner.

“People will spend a lifetime trying to find the quick fix”

Don't fall into that trap. You know that the fad diets don't work. They never have and they never will. And thankfully they don't, because if they did, many of us would have probably gone down that route, and in the process, lost all the benefits we gained from the life-long approach to health, fitness, and longevity.

In the Longevity Fight, America is Diverging

"Since 1840, every four years, humans have steadily gained an extra year of life expectancy." 

"The baby boom generation is the first in centuries that has actually turned out to be less healthy than their parents, thanks largely to diabetes, poor diet, and general physical laziness."

Hmmm... Seems like two contradictory claims. Sadly, while segments of the population around the world, even in America, are setting longevity records, more people than ever are dying at younger and younger ages.

"80% of all deaths are lifestyle related"

The question is which group do you belong to? The 80 percent, or the 20 percent. Are you going to join the group that is living longer than ever, or the group that lives a less healthy life than your parents? The best part is the choice is yours.