1 year, 5 year, 10 year goals? Try 200 year goals.

Long-term thinking is necessary for long-lasting change. Period.

New Years Resolutions are great–they provide an annual opportunity to define what achievements and experiences you would like over the next year. But, it’s still only looking at 1 year in your life and in the big picture 1 year really isn’t that much.

As someone who plans to live to at least 125, 1 year goals aren’t that meaningful to me, except that they provide small stepping stones to my long-term goals, and as Raghava KK talks about during his TED talk, What’s your 200 year plan?, legacies. This can apply to almost any topic, but is particularly important to physical wellness goals–I’ll repeat again: you need to think long term to create long-lasting change.

As you reflect on your recently defined 2013 resolutions, consider whether they are behaviors or achievements that support where you want to be in 5, 10, 25, and yes, 200 years. Perhaps your physical goals and aspirations for 2213 have yet to be written, but it is certainly a worthwhile exercise that will contribute to your well-being and the legacy of well-being that you leave for your community and your loved ones.

Let me share with you one of my favorite quotes from Raghava KK’s talk:  “I like to think of myself as a storyteller where my past and my future are only my stories. Waiting to be told and retold.”

What is your 200-year old fitness story?

Click here for a TED blog post with more talks and thoughts on goal-setting for your future! 

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