Did you know a good majority of the world’s oldest citizens, the centenarians (100+ years) share a common trait? Good genes? Somewhat. Research suggests genetics accounts for about 30% of your general longevity. Personality traits may be one of the most significant factors, particularly the abilities to adapt well to change, and keeping a positive attitude.
And both a willingness to change and a positive attitude are needed to achieve any goal.
Many times, throughout the process of making a goal reality, life intervenes. And not always in a good way. You must adjust. You could abandon the goal, but again, if it is important to you, you will try again. Life will get in the way. Again. It will happen every time, because that is how life is. You know this. I know this. We all do.
But what some people fail to do is make a plan B. And even if we do, sometimes life will veer in and crush plan B. Have a plan C. It really seems simple, but many people, even lifestyle-change experts like me, forget to do this crucial step.
I was complaining one day to my online support group about how despite my best thought out plans for my goal, my plans kept getting blocked by life events I had no control over. Poor me, playing the victim, like I don’t know life will happen. Do I really think the river of life will flow smoothly through the whole process? Waa, waa.
One of my online buddies replied, “You need a plan B. And a plan C.” And she was right.
There will never be a perfect time, you don’t get to live in a vacuum while chasing dreams and goals. People will not stop having weddings because you are on a weight loss regime. Your child may get sick when you have a big presentation due. Bad weather cancels your Power Hour fitness class. You just get $200 ahead, and you need a $201 car repair.
Life happens, my friends. Get your plan ready, and do it now. And don’t forget plan C!
Plan for the worst and hope for the best. You will gain the ability to adapt, you will remain positive, your goal stays alive. And you might just learn some personality traits that take you on the path to becoming a healthy, robust centenarian. Now that’s success…