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The Long-Term MINDSET
Success is going to require talented experts, a beginner’s mind, and a long-term orientation.”
Have you planned for the next 10 years? What about the next 20? As you may know, my philosophy toward life rests on six pillars: spirituality, family, health, career, philanthropy,
second quarter of 2018, I’ve turned my attention to my health.
I’m 45, and as I get older and continue to work toward balance, I look for mentors in all areas who are older than me. These are folks who have been around the block and have identified what works for them and what doesn’t. When it comes to the pillar of health, two individuals I’ve learned a lot from are Jerzy Gregorek and his wife, Aniela. Together, they developed “The Happy Body,” a book and health program. The Gregoreks have developed an incredible way of thinking about health and fitness, and their story is just as incredible. The couple immigrated to the United States from Poland in 1986. They were political refugees during the Solidarity movement, a time of political upheaval in Poland. After coming to the U.S., Jerzy won four World Weightlifting Championships. He and Aniela went on to establish UCLA’s weightlifting team. These two are truly a power couple and nothing short of inspiring. This year, my wife and I have been practicing a lot of what the Gregoreks discuss in “The Happy Body.” Jerzy is 20 years older than me, yet he’s more in shape than most 20-year-olds. He’s figured out what’s necessary to live a fit lifestyle. In “The Happy Body,” they discuss flexibility, strength, speed,
leanness, ideal body weight, and good posture — something a lot of people don’t realize is important for good overall health. There’s a story in which an out-of- shape man in his 60s went to Jerzy. The man had very little flexibility. Jerzy laid out a long-term plan for this gentleman. A decade later, the man (who was then well into his 70s) was in extraordinary shape. He could lift his body weight and had completely restored his flexibility. He followed Jerzy’s long-term plan and found success. When it comes to your health, major improvements are not going to happen overnight, over a month, or even over a year. You can accomplish a lot in the span of a year, but think about what you can accomplish over 25 years. True success is found when you take small steps over the long term. You don’t want to just work toward better health for a little while. If you do, you’re likely to slip into old habits. You may find that those long-term goals stay out of reach. Playing the long game comes with a lot of benefits, including the development of positive habits. Even better, though, you can apply the long-term mindset to all areas of your life, such as your career or your finances.
in these six areas, that’s when you’re happiest.
To find balance, however, you have to think in the long term. In a recent article discussing the future of health care, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said, “Success is going to require talented experts, a beginner’s mind, and a long-term orientation.” He was talking about what is necessary for change and what is required to find success following that change. I agree with this sentiment. If you look at major players throughout history, you’ll find that they share one common trait: They have a long-term mindset. This is the mindset I’ve adopted. When I plan for the future, I don’t look one year out; instead, I look at the next 25 years. People drastically underestimate what can be accomplished within one year. By the same token, they often overestimate what can be accomplished in 25. Every quarter, I take a look at what is out of balance in my life. I think about each of the six pillars and identify which area isn’t working or which area is being neglected. If one is out of balance, other areas will be affected. Going into the
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