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One Small Change

50 Goals to Feel Younger, Healthier

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If, like me, you have a milestone birthday coming up and you’re not exactly ecstatic about the passage of another year (or decade), then here’s a way to not only have some fun but also reaffirm your vibrancy, youth and continuing development. It’s a way to remind yourself that birthdays of any age are really the smallest, most inconsequential change of all.

Since I’ll be turning 50 on August 26, I’m compiling a “50@50” list. Remember the movie "The Bucket List" with Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman? It’s kind of like that, only with a twist. Instead of dreaming up wild adventures I want to have before I die (since I hopefully have a few more years left), I’m working on creating 50 goals I’d like to achieve during my 50th year.

As you’ll see, they don’t involve cliché stuff like jumping out of airplanes or climbing Everest. Rather, they’re smaller, more everyday things that, if met, will help me be fitter, healthier, happier, smarter, kinder, and (I hope) an all-around better human being. Here’s what I have so far:

  • Drop my cholesterol 50 points.
  • Do 50 consecutive pushups.
  • Run a 10K in less than 50 minutes.
  • Fast for 50 hours.
  • Read 50 books from Newsweek’s Top 100 Books of All Time list.
  • Eat 50 new foods (rutabagas anyone?).
  • Walk somewhere that’s 50 miles away.
  • Get 50 feet of my intestine examined (or however much is in there) during a colonoscopy.
  • Learn 50 new words from other languages.
  • Give away fifty $50 bills to complete strangers.
  • Be silent for 50 hours.
  • Perform 50 random acts of kindness.
  • Make love 50 times (hey, once a week is a lot at my age).
  • Give up alcohol for 50 days.
  • Volunteer for 50 hours.
  • Reach out to 50 people I used to know.
  • Visit our 50th state.
  • Drive cross-country on U.S. Route 50.
  • Give away 50 things I really don’t need.
  • Tell my wife and kids I love them 50 times.
  • Eliminate 50 negative things from my life (stressors, people, unhealthy foods….).
  • Do 50 hours of yoga in 50 days.
  • Say hello to 50 people I don’t know.
  • List 50 things I’m thankful for on my 50th Thanksgiving.
  • Listen to 50 new bands.
  • Watch the Hawaii Five-O box set.
  • Learn how to fire a 50-caliber handgun (and maybe buy one).
  • Join AARP, the national organization for people 50+.
  • Write down the 50 most important things I’ve learned in life.
  • And so on...

Even though my list isn’t complete (please leave a suggestion in the comments below!), you get the idea. It’s an eclectic mix of goals and tests and endeavors designed to challenge and grow me. If the concept sounds intriguing, by all means don’t wait until you’re as old as I am. Compile your own 20@20, 30@30 or 40@40 list. Share them with others here. My ultimate goal is to stay excited and inspired about life to live another 50 years.

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Joe Kita – Joe Kita is a noted writer, editor, motivational speaker and teacher. He authors the blog "One Small Change" for CorePerformance.com.

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Tags: Goals, Motivation, Longevity