Uncomfortable Truths About Aging
Let’s face it – aging isn’t the most glamorous topic. But here’s the thing: we’re all going to do it. And some of us are going to do it better than others.
Sure, we could go with the flow and follow the conventional aging path of becoming immobile, sick, and senile. But where’s the fun in that?
Not us. We’re futurists growing with the flow. Most people who want extended lifespans aren’t afraid of death— we just love life and are extremely curious about what the future holds— and we’re going to do it with style.
That involves taking control of our mindset and our healthspan. Forget about just counting the years – it’s all about the quality of life.
With exponential advancements and breakthroughs in science and medicine for longevity such as stem cells, Senolytics, gene therapy, NAD+ boosters, organ regeneration, and emerging research on caloric restriction and metabolic health— we have an exhilarating future. Don’t listen to those who’ll tell you otherwise!
But before we can future-proof our brains for longevity, we need to shift our mindset. Conventional aging stereotypes are a self-fulfilling prophecy, so let’s break the mold and embrace the possibilities.
We’re not afraid of death – we just want to live our best lives for as long as possible. And that starts with the power of our minds. So let’s get to it!
So, where do you start?
A Mindset For Longevity
Let’s be real, aging is inevitable. The first thing you want to do for a long, happy, well-lived life is to upgrade your mindset. Our minds have an astonishing aptitude to change our biochemistry. Today is the day you unlearn everything and flush your subconscious about what you thought aging is.
So, let’s start by unlearning all the garbage we’ve been fed about aging. Those cultural stereotypes are nothing but self-fulfilling prophecies. Instead, let’s focus on the power of positivity.
In fact, health, illness, and disease are rooted in our minds and hearts. It’s about how you experience the world. Your perspective matters. It’s literally all in your head, so you might as well make it a good one.
It’s literally all in our heads, as they say.
Professor Ellen Langor conducted a study in which a group of hotel room cleaners, who don’t generally get much exercise, were informed that their daily work met the active lifestyle requirements of the surgeon general. After four weeks, the first group demonstrated improvements in their systolic blood pressure, body mass index, and body fat percentage. Meanwhile, the control group didn’t show any improvements. The only difference between the two groups was a mindset shift.
Just by telling someone that something is true, it came true. The placebo effect.
To demonstrate how powerful mindset and placebo is, Professor Langor also conducted a placebo experiment where she recruited a number of healthy test subjects only to give them the mission of getting sick. They watched videos of people coughing and sneezing, tissues were handed out. 40% of the group reported cold symptoms following the experiment got sick while 10% of the control group didn’t. Further analysis showed high levels of IgA antibodies from a saliva test that proves an elevated immune system response.
Don’t worry about the destination. Focus on the journey.
Now, here’s the thing: we’re all headed to the same place eventually. But that doesn’t mean we can’t make the journey an adventure. Focus on the journey, not our inevitable destination. It’s the key to a good life.
Prolonged healthspans are inevitable and we’re becoming aware or it. the more want in.
The Gift Of Choice
And here’s the best part: your fate is largely in your hands. You can’t control everything, but you can control how you live your life. Don’t waste a single day. Live every day like it’s your last (within reason, of course). With a positive outlook, you’ll probably outlive most people (assuming you’re not bungee jumping without a safety harness every weekend).
Remember, aging is just a number. Your mindset is what really matters. So, start living your best life today and embrace the journey!
Grow With The Flow: Finding Meaning In Life
Let me tell you a secret, passions are developed, not found. Many people don’t ever find their passions because they don’t stick with something long enough.
It’s also important to note that we live life and seasons and we can reinvent, rebrand, or pivot any decade of our lives. Finding new passions or continuously nurturing current fulfilments is non-negotiable to keep your brain sharp and young.
Life is full of different seasons, and reinventing yourself is a non-negotiable part of staying sharp and young. Don’t be afraid to try new things or nurture your current passions to keep your brain firing on all cylinders.
According to Tony Robbins, there are two skills you need to master for an extraordinary quality of life: the science of achievement and the art of fulfillment. The science of achievement is all about making your dreams a reality, while the art of fulfillment is about finding meaning and purpose in your life.
During his time in a concentration camp during the Holocaust, neurologist and psychiatrist Victor Frankl, observed those who were able to find meaning and purpose survive amidst unimaginable suffering.
And if you want to keep your mind sharp as a tack, focus on mastery and wisdom, according to human performance expert and author, Steven Kotler.
To achieve peak performance, you need to live in a state of high energy and extraordinary mental and emotional state. This is what we call peak performance and growing with the flow.
All this can be achieved by growing with the flow.
And it’s never too late to start in whichever season of life you’re in now.
TL;DR— The Takeaways
- Aging is inevitable but increased health span is inevitable because technology is advancing exponentially.
- Our minds have the power to change our biochemistry with the power of placebo, positivity, and belief.
- To future-proof our brains for longevity, we need to shift our mindset and unlearn all conventional aging stereotypes.
- Health, illness, and disease are rooted in our minds and hearts, so our perspective of how we experience the matters.
- Focus on the journey, not just the destination.
- We can control how we live our lives and make every day count.
- Mastery and wisdom is it nonnegotiable to keep our brains sharp to prevent cognitive decline
- It’s important to find meaning in life and continuously nurture our passions to keep our brains sharp and young.
- To have an extraordinary quality of life, we need to master the science of achievement and the art of fulfillment.
- We live life in seasons so it’s important to acknowledge that we can rebuild, rebrand, or pivot at any point in our lives.
- Growing with the flow means to live in a state of high energy and extraordinary mental and emotional state— peak performance.
Want to learn more? Check out the article below: The Intersection Of Aging & Flow Science.