the only relevant long-term goal

There is only one long-term goal that is relevant: sustained health.

Everything else is secondary. Travel. Money. Cars. Career. Art. Even relationships, family and friends. These are all amazing things experienced in the context of one thing: L-I-F-E.

We have long-term financial goals. Long term career goals. Retirement goals. Goals with our hobbies. Some of us even have long-term goals in our families and marriages. What about the goals for sustaining a healthy life. Life is a canvas. How much do you think about ensuring your quality of life?

Health is the only long-term goal that is relevant in your life, because the health of our life enables everything else. We don’t think about it because of three reasons:

  1. Ignorance — we don’t know how to live a healthy life or even how to define health
  2. Busyness — we don’t think we have time for the things we know help us more towards health
  3. Ego — we actually think the nutrition and fitness disciplines are beneath us

If health isn’t a priority in your life, then I guess longevity must not be either.

What about the health of your company? I know we think about financial, product/service and market goals, but wouldn’t you agree that we rarely think about the health of our companies?  Which is wild, considering the sustained success of your company is a mixture of smart ideas enabled by a healthy environment.

Health is the only relevant long-term goal in your company, because the health of our company enables everything else. My guess is that we don’t think about it in our companies for three reasons:

  1. Ignorance — we don’t know how to build a healthy company or even how to define a healthy company
  2. Busyness — we don’t think we have time for the things we know help make our company healthy
  3. Ego — we actually believe the behavioral disciplines are beneath us

If health isn’t the priority in your company, then I guess longevity must not be either.

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