You’ve heard of an IRA, but have you heard of an IRAH? An IRAH is your Individual Retirement Account for Health. Think about it: all the money and prudent planning in the world can’t help someone who has not invested in his health. As you grow older and navigate your Prime-Time, there is no better way to ensure you can enjoy the years ahead than by taking care of yourself. Don't think of Prime-Time as old age. Prime -Time is simply moving through your adult life and continuing to build your wellness and longevity.
Remember this: Life span is different than Health Span. Your goal should not be to just live a long time and accept the “consequences” of age. Many people these days would rather accept the fact that they feel sick and tired all the time as “getting old.” So, as you prepare to develop and “contribute” regularly to your IRAH, I want you envision your ideal Prime-Time. What does that look like for you? Does it include less sickness and pain? Does it involve continuing to do your favorite things? Does it include travel and exploration? Spending time with family and loved ones? Staying active in your community? Volunteering? Keep these goals and desires top of mind as you begin to work on your IRAH and concentrate on your Health Span.
As you prepare to work on your IRAH, start by visualizing your best life. Take some time to think about what you really want your Prime-Time to be and use those mental pictures as your motivators. Also, think about what you don’t want to become. Are there family members or friends who have not planned their IRAH? Remember what their lives look like too.
What do you think about the concept of prime time and creating an IRAH?