The Three Life Changing Principles of the 100 Year Lifestyle will empower you to make the changes you know you need to make, and then make those changes the new, better, more exciting, fun, healthier life you deserve. Since the odds are that you are going to have nearly a century or more ahead of you, why not make these changes today so you can enjoy a better quality of life for decades and mold your life into everything you want it to be.
1. The Magnet Principle
Change Is Easy—Thinking about Change Is Hard. You’ve probably already experienced this: Resisting change is much harder than embracing it.
If you’ve ever played with magnets, you can understand the power behind Life Changing Principle #1. When you hold two magnets near each other with the like poles pointed toward each other, they repel one another no matter how hard you try to make the two ends meet. However, once you flip their orientation so the opposite charges are facing each other, they effortlessly attract and stick together. Then, instead of requiring energy to hold them together, it takes enormous energy to pull the magnets apart.
Resisting the things you know you need to change polarizes your life. This keeps you stuck. However, when you embrace change, the pieces of your life will fall naturally into place and stay there, just like the magnets.
What do you want to change? What is your Innate Intelligence screaming at you to change? Do you want to be thinner, smarter, better paid, more loved, or healthier? What will you do to attract these things with ease? It’s time for a magnet flip. Trust your Innate. Let your quest for quality and not crisis motivate you if you are ready to upgrade to your ideal 100 Year-Lifestyle.
While you are in the process of thinking about what you want to change, things may look and feel difficult. Vacillating between crisis and quality-of-life motivation can keep you on an emotional roller coaster—with respect to your health, your marriage, your kids, and your finances. But, once you’ve made the commitment to change—and I mean really made it—then you will find that many of the things you have been struggling with will fall into place. Activities and choices that aren’t in alignment with creating your best life will lose their appeal. Like flipping the magnet, you will begin to attract the people and resources you need to reach your greatest dreams and goals once you shift your belief about what you think you can accomplish.
2. The Persistence Principle
Change Happens One Choice at Time—Think Progress, Not Perfection. As you learn how to make the changes that will support your best life today and in the future, remember that you may not see results right away.
Change takes place in the moment of choice – and the results occur over time. We “titrate” into it slowly. I’ve borrowed the term titration from the chemistry experiment most of us conducted in school. You know the one. It was the lesson where your teacher gave you a glass beaker filled with a clear liquid and a dropper with another chemical solution. You were asked to take the chemical and drop it into the beaker one drop at a time and record how many drops it took to change the liquid’s color. Do you remember how nothing happened at first? You would drop, drop, drop and it would still be clear, but then suddenly, one last drop, and the liquid’s color would instantly change!
In the process of chemical titration, you are determining the exact number of drops necessary to produce the desired effect or change in the solution. The question many students found themselves asking was “which drop was the most important?” Some believed it was the first drop because it began the transformation. Others thought it was the last one because that’s the one where they actually saw the liquid change color. The truth is that they are all of equal importance, because without any one of them, the solution would not have changed.
This is how the results from the changes you make often appear. You have to lose one pound at a time before you finally shed 50. You have to walk a minute before you can make it a mile. Change arrives one input at a time, one choice at a time. It is an accumulation of actions that will color your life with joy or suffering—depending upon the quality of your choices.
Many of us make toxic choices that limit our life. In fact, they often come disguised as rewards. For instance, have you ever reached for a cigarette as a reward at the end of a hard day or downed another dessert as an emotional pick-me-up? Were the five minutes of enjoyment worth the three days of guilt and two weeks of trying to get back on track? Your true reward comes from the self-esteem and love you give yourself when you honor yourself with each choice.
Make the rest of your life the best of your life by committing to the changes you need to make today, and then recommitting to them every day, each time you are faced with a choice. If you want to be nicotine-free, you have to make that commitment and then recommit to it every minute of every day. If you want to invest money, then you have to make that commitment and recommit to walking away from empty purchases each day. If you want to be healthy and fit, then prove it to yourself every day with each choice.
If you find yourself getting off track from your goals, it’s okay. Think progress, not perfection. You can nudge yourself back on track with your next choice knowing you are in the process of clarifying and building your vision.
3. The Compelling Principle
Approach Change with Your Ideal 100 Year Lifestyle in Mind. Walk into the path of your “bigger picture” and use your vision as a light along the way to keep you on inspired.
It’s time to go for the gold, whatever that means to you, as you start approaching your life with a fresh, new perspective. It is a shift that will allow you to keep your brains, your looks, your possessions, and your mojo as you age. It is a shift that will allow you to live your ideal 100 Year Lifestyle without compromise. It is time to draw a line in the sand and declare that the balance of your life will be the most fun, exciting, and fulfilling times you have ever experienced.
First, you need to get in touch with what you really want and deserve. This can sometimes be challenging, particularly when it is out of step with the values of your family or peer group. However, if that’s the case, you may have been more of a follower than a leader and it’s time to take back the reins. Now is your time to step up and take charge. You’ll soon see that you will not only start creating positive change in your own life, but also in the lives of people around you. You’ll be a healthy influence. Expect some relationships to deepen and some to be strained or fall away. You will open the door to magnetically attracting support for your 100 Year Lifestyle from all kinds of unexpected people, places and resources. As you begin to customize your vision, don’t settle. Dare yourself. Stretch yourself. Go for the goal that burns brightest in your gut.
Although you don’t have complete control over how long you’ll live, you have control over your attitude and your choices that impact the quality of those years. Assume you are here for a reason. Spend your days discovering that reason. Relax into the ebb and flow of life. Trust yourself, your Innate Intelligence, and begin to connect with your core like never before. Find the meaning and opportunity in everything. When you do that, the length of your life won’t matter as much even though you will probably live longer and definitely enjoy the journey that much more.