Successful life

Direction, Capabilities and Confidence

Purpose is a Master Key! It gives you Direction, Capabilities, and Confidence.

The average age of an American male from 1790 to 1840 was approximately 37.5 years. The average life expectancy of Our Founding Fathers was: 78 years of age, this includes the unfortunate lover of duels and future Broadway star, Alexander Hamilton, who was approximately 47. Why did they live, on average, more than twice as long as the average male? They had a Purpose Greater than Themselves. The Founding Fathers understood how important their efforts and ideas were to the lives of the people who relied on them – and to future generations. They saw a bigger future and their part in its creation.

I’ve heard it said many times and in many different ways that the easiest way to predict your life and lifestyle is to look at the five people you spend the most time with. Thus, like the Founding Fathers, it’s important to surround yourself with people committed to bigger futures!

I know that I want to be valuable and interesting to those around me as long as I’m here. That means I want to be healthy, fit, and vital as well! So I focus on living ... rather than not dying.

Living a longer Life

Dan Sullivan, Strategic Coach Founder, wrote a book called My Plan for Living to 156. His message was to stop being nostalgic about the past and anxious about the future.

Most people’s notion about how long they’ll live becomes an oppressive thought. They feel confined by their expected lifespan, often based on family history and averages. But what if you could extend your lifetime? What if you could increase the quality of the years you had left? How would adding extra years impact the way you live now?

You don’t have to actually believe that you will live to 156. Simply adopting a mindset that you have extra time permits you to set longer-term goals and focus on bigger possibilities. As a result, those mindsets allow you to focus on continued learning and growth, rather than looking for an excuse or an easy off-ramp.

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Likewise, it’s important to set goals and scorecards that keep you focused on what matters and see continued progress.

Clearly, sleep and stress management matter too. With that said, healthy mindsets potentially have the most significant impact on your health, well-being, and longevity.

“It doesn’t matter, nobody lives long in my family!”

David Sinclair wrote a book called Lifespan: Why We Age and Why We Don’t Have To, a NYT bestseller that asserts, contrary to scientific dogma, aging is not inevitable—and makes the case for why this shouldn't be such a radical idea. He’s a professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School, a co-director of the Paul F. Glenn Center for the Biology of Aging.

He argues, and is proving, that our bodies can be repaired on the cellular level. He believes in the next few decades our lifespans could increase, on average, to over 120. “The regulatory definition, currently, is that aging is something different than a disease because aging happens to 100% of us. The criteria of a disease is a decline in function over time leading to death in 50% of us or less. And I'd argue that just because aging happens to more than half of us, is no reason to not include it as a disease. In fact, I would say it's even more important that we work on trying to combat it, because aging is the main cause of all major diseases in society now.”

He believes the correct scientific definition of aging is: “A loss of information—the information that keeps our cells healthy, the information that tells the cells which genes to read throughout our lives. Aging is a manifestation of cells losing their ability to read the right genes at the right time, which leads to cells losing their identity and tissues failing.”

Here 5 of the 9 hallmarks of aging Sinclair discusses; Genomic instability, deregulated nutrient sensing, mitochondrial dysfunction, loss of proteostasis, and telomere shortening,

What would I eat?

Eat less food and more healthy parts of the food pyramid. By eating less, you actually stimulate the longevity genes you have. By eating better, you limit the amount of damage that is done to your body on a daily basis.

You might be tempted to say, “Well I don’t want to live that long because it would create food shortages.” In the 1960’s, when the population of the world was around 3 Billion people, 16 Million starved to death. Today, there are over 7 Billion people and less than 500,000 died of famine since 2010. The difference? Science and the significant rise of genetically modified food to feed a world. Science managed by people with purpose will continue to create food to feed the population.

What would I do?

If you knew that you could live to 120, 60 becomes the start of a new phase of your life, not the start of your retirement decade. When you graduated from school it was with purpose to make money, make a difference and make your mark. Why can’t 60 or 70 or 80 be the time you make a difference in the lives of the people of the world?

How do I live a longer, vibrant, healthy life?

Eating less often and doing high-intensity interval training are two physical ways that will improve your longevity. Mental stimulation through reading, solving puzzles and having a purpose that is bigger than you will keep your mind sharp. There are supplements you can try like resveratrol or an NAD-booster to try to get sirtuins more active to decrease telomere shortening.

Summary

Even if you don’t live until 156, it’s important and healthy to live now as if you will!

This report is intended to be used for educational purposes only and does not constitute a solicitation to purchase any security or advisory services. Securities and advisory services offered through Commonwealth Financial Network®, Member FINRA/SIPC, a Registered Investment Adviser. Kevin Best and Best Times Financial Planning are not affiliated with AES Nation, LLC. Commonwealth Financial Network® nor Best Times Financial do not provide legal or tax advice. You should consult a legal or tax professional regarding your individual situation.

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