Every new year brings a seed of new beginnings. We start making resolutions that this time, this year, will be the year that we make our dreams come true. One thing we usually overlook is that time is ticking, our number goes up and out of the calendar, it gets you thinking- Does Age really matter?
Then we realize we can’t buy back time. Fear sets in and the resolution- we begin to use our age as an excuse for a lot of things. Most of the time we contentedly reason out that – were old, it’s not possible, it’s inconvenient, and so on.
Age and our Culture
Hiding away age as an excuse for your situation leaves a negative connotation that belittles your experiences and achievements and scares the coming generation giving them negative thoughts and beliefs, which scares them from growing older.
Unfortunately, our society with its prevailing cultural beliefs and social norms reinforces this harmful thinking every day – from age restrictions to age limits.
Well yes, safety first. However, when you are confronted with an array of attention-grabbing headlines including the words ‘senior’. ‘pensioner’, or ‘elderly’ in reference to older people. It feels as if we are subconsciously taught that aging is somehow negative, something to be endured, something that makes us less capable – both in our personal and working lives.
Yes, it’s true, as you age you realize that there are many things you can no longer do- Physically, Mentally, and Emotionally. There may be limitations but it should not totally stop you from going after your dreams.
Of course, we have to be honest with ourselves and that’s where experience, wisdom, and common sense kick in. Do we really need to adhere to our number? or should we consider the limitations but continue to go after our dreams?
It’s interesting that when we are thinking about ourselves, age becomes just a number and feels somewhat meaningless. However, the way we tend to see our own age doesn’t always translate to how we perceive or even judge the age of others.
Challenging our long-standing Assumptions
Regardless of your age, you need to understand that the number of years we’ve lived so far is not an accurate indicator or predictor of performance, capabilities, or skills.
If we can reset our own assumptions around aging, we will be able to open our minds to the opportunities a longer life can bring.
Do you know what Excusitis is? Excusitis is the regular behavior of making excuses. It is otherwise known as the Failure Disease.
Excusitis explains the difference between the person going places and the fellow who barely holds on. You’ll discover that the more successful an individual is, the less inclined he is to make excuses.
Persons with mediocre accomplishments are quick to explain why they haven’t, why they don’t and why they can’t.
Excusitis covers a platform of fear, procrastination, reasoning, and so on. It appears in a wide variety of forms. According to the book, The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz- the worst types of this disease are Health, Intelligence, Age, and Luck Excusitis.
Let’s talk about Age Excusitis
Age excusitis is a disease where people think that they are not at the right age to do things or take risks. Have you ever heard about someone who said that they are too young, or too old for doing something? Have you experienced letting go of an opportunity by saying, I am too young or too old to do this?
Research made by the National Institution of Health said that “There was “no significant correlation between workers’ age and cognitive function or workability”. In essence, What you think, is what you become.
How to Cure Age Excusitis
- Change your Perspective. A person’s average working life begins at 20 and if the person is in good shape and enjoys what he is doing, his productive years will last up to 70 years. So there is a whole 50 years in a person’s life to live their dreams and achieve what they want.
- Stop limiting yourself. Look at your present age positively. As you age you mature and have become wiser so therefore there are limitless opportunities that you have yet to tackle.
- Compute how much productive time you have left. A person at 30, still has 80% of his productive life ahead of him. Learn how to become more Productive, cultivate habits, and Miracle Morning Routines.
- Don’t let age stop you. Invest future time in doing what you really want to do. Start now, don’t procrastinate.
The cliche “Age is just a number”
The number of years in one’s life doesn’t matter, our perception of it does. We only grow older in years not in mind and body as long as we keep on feeling alive, take care of our health, and have a Positive Mindset every day.
An interesting phenomenon is that some people at the age of 60 start their own company, start a fitness routine, go back to school, and many more. You will see that this world is full of these examples.
At the end of the day, the only thing that matters is our attitude towards life. Don’t limit yourself, live life to the fullest!
If you are ready to turn your life around despite your circumstances, check out my post on HOW TO INFLUENCE YOUR SUBCONSCIOUS MIND AND MANIFEST YOUR REALITY