20 - Develop a long life mindset . . . plan now for living to 100!

Reason for this Goal:   Plan for a long life. There are so many wonderful things to do, be, have, and experience in your life, and the setting of your 100 Life Goals is just the beginning.   Why not set a goal to live a healthy and long life?  With the power of your mind being such a significant influencer in what you will achieve in your lifetime, the mere act of setting this goal, and believing in it, will help you live longer, so that you have as much time to experience as many things and goals as possible. 

I’ve noticed that most people, when asked how long they plan on living, do not expect to live to an old age, nor desire to do so.  They associate poor health with their later years.   My perspective and challenge to you is to set an expectation that you will live not only a long life but live in such a way that your long life will be accompanied with great health until your last days.

Strategies to live a long life

In addition to the earlier goals that will all help your longevity for eating healthy and exercising, other recognized strategies to live longer include:

  • Eating less (There is ample evidence to support the science behind this, related to metabolic processes.) 
  • Learning to breathe deeper (to increase the percentage of blood oxygen circulating through your body)
  • Increasing your sleep quality (consistent, uninterrupted, full sleep cycles) and duration
  • Spend more time outdoors.  Taking in ample sunlight in itself has numerous health restorative affects related to boosting our immune system and feelings of well being
  • Having a strong sense of purpose.  Setting and working towards achieving worthy goals will help.
  • Being socially active.  There are numerous studies that suggest people who feel socially isolated have up to a 40% chance of higher risk of death compared to people who are socially integrated.
  • Worrying less. Just about everyone nowadays understands the link between high stress and disease.

Suggested Target Goal:  Live a healthy and long life to age 80.
Outrageous Goal:  Live healthy to age 100.

Live a long life . . . why not target age 100??

I’ve have had a goal since the age of 30: I firmly expect to live to the ripe old age of 100 years old.  I expect to ride a bicycle on my 90th birthday.   Will I achieve this goal . . . who knows?   I’ve seen several gurus in the health field (who teach how to live a long life) die early; so there are no guarantees.  If I don’t make it, I’m fully accepting of that, knowing that I’ve fully lived and achieved so many well-planned goals, with so many good friend and family experiences.   But I firmly believe I will live longer and healthier as a result of setting this goal and believing in it.  I also have a long-time perspective and am more apt to take care of my health and wealth so that I’m able to enjoy my latter years actively.  

One of the best books on longevity that I’ve come across is, The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer, From the People Who’ve Lived the Longest,” written by Dan Buettner.  This book studies the world’s longest living people, and finds out the things in common with centenarians around the world.

At the time of writing this book, I’ve been reading about the potential, within the next 1 or 2 decades, for lifespans to be significantly extended due to research and advances in health care and life extensions.   There are some people speculating that within our lifetime, people may live an additional 10, 20, 50, or even another 100 years!    Who knows what the future holds, but it’s exciting to think that if we look after our health and bodies, we may be able to live an even longer life and accomplish even more goals!

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