The key to successful strategies for successful aging: Mindset.
It’s an absolute must, doable and enjoyable.
A mindset the redefines in your mind, heart and soul who you are and what you’re capable of. Not how you think you’re supposed to feel and be just because you’re a certain age.
As I am in this phase of life I have become very sensitive and attuned to the false presumption that all attributes of youth are somehow gone or supposed to be missing just because of my age.
Not just sensitive to IT.
I don’t get IT.
Because I am not IT (the stereotype of my age).
Here’s how I truly perceive myself:
There is my technical age.
There is my “bio-age” regarding my health, fitness and athleticism which even my doctor agrees all are at least 20 years younger (I also kicked his younger butt at racquetball).
Then there is my mental and emotional age in terms of learning and trying new things, being inventive and innovative, asserting myself in new ways and passionately going after new things which is pretty much as it was in my early 30’s.
Except I now have decades of experience to better manifest those things and I know myself much, much better in order to make better choices.
I honestly cannot believe I am my chronological age (unless I look in the mirror).
Physical appearances aside, there is the presumption or ancient reality that vim and vigor, passion, desire, sense of discovery, journey, etc. only exist for youth.
And some people live that presumption and miss out on a different mindset and way of being in our later years.
They believe they’re old so they act and feel old. Ugh! What a waste of an amazing stage of life with potential the world has never seen (but now is seeing).
So my key to successful strategies for successful aging: Mindset. And IT WORKS!
Youth is wasted on the young.
What does that really mean and how does it apply to those of us who are beyond what is considered youth in age…in this day and age?
I think what George Bernard Shaw was going for here was that one can’t fully appreciate what youth has to offer until they’ve been through enough life to really appreciate it.
I agree. I don’t act, think, breathe, or move like that. Even my posture, movements and expressions are under my internal scrutiny. I run up the stairs and dance down them.
I may look my age. But I in no way, shape, or form act my age.
I am taking the best of that “youthful” attitude and mindset and coupling it with maturity, wisdom and experience.
“I want to die young at an old age,” Dr. Steven Gundry Longevity Paradox.
Oh…and when one does that…it’s amazing. You feel better. You perceive yourself better and your desire (yes for that [wink] but so many other things as well) launches higher. You live to the fullest and the fullest of your potential.
When you desire something and go after it. You live with INTENTION and you have reason to. This is the secret sauce to a long, healthy and fulfilling life.
As I wrote at the beginning: all of the strategies for successful aging depend on one thing: A proper mindset. Here’s one helluva of an example.
“When I suck, I’ll retire. But I don’t plan on sucking for a long time.” –Tom Brady
(Then he’ll be the G.O.A.T. at something else).
When Brady retires from football he won’t retire from life. He will transition and transform to something else. He will likely be the G.O.A.T.(Greatest of All-Time) at that too.
Why and how? By a method, you can embrace just as easily and successfully as he.
Brady has been in (10) and won more (7) Super Bowls than anyone, by a wide margin at the amazing age of 43 (about 10 years older than the average player retires by).
Yet, outwardly he would seem average at best.
He’s slow (I could probably outrun him) and he was a 6th round draft choice (0% of 6th round NFL quarterbacks have been starters in the past 10 years).
His success is the result of his intention. The intention to be the best. Every moment in every game, practice, workout, meal and moment. He envisioned and dreamed of being the best, of the successes he would have plus the joy and fulfillment that comes with them.
This same power of intention and success that is there for all of us.
Whether you are forced to transition and transform or seek it out of desire, realize that there are opportunities out there in which you can be the G.O.A.T.
Think about anything you have sought and attained. You did it through intention.
It is an immutable law of life.
With intention comes drive and determination, purpose and fulfillment, joy and success.
👉 Envisioning what you are going after
👉 Constantly imagining what it feels like, looks like, tastes like and sounds like
👉 Know that what you think (positive or negative) is exactly what you will receive
👉 See and feel the ultimate success because it is out there waiting for you
Focus on your intention and apply it at your “Brady-like” level.
Be like Brady at what you need and want.
Brady lives and embodies the successful strategies for successful aging: Mindset.
Don’t plan on sucking at life for a long time and like him, pivot from your current career to something in which you can be the G.O.A.T. (Greatest of All-Time).
“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. -Wayne Dyer
Keep changing the way you look at things and yourself…for ultimate betterment of you.
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