Are you too old or too young to live your purpose?

A while back I sat with a young man (22) as he considered hiring me as his coach. Listening to him, I evaluated every word he shared. I must admit this was a little different than what I am used to (because typically I coach married women and men).

The experience proved to be interesting as this young man expressed he was “too old and had not done anything with his life yet."

As I stared at his young features, without spot or wrinkle, I realized age is a matter of perspective.

With the same challenge of being "too old" consider an older woman (56) whose constant story and reply to the desires of her heart is her "advanced age." In her eyes, "the train has passed her" and the opportunities should have been taken when she was "younger."

Equally shocking are the thoughts of young people (by society's standards of age) that declare "they are too young" to do anything of value.

Our ways of thinking about how old or how young we are express an attitude about age that will hinder our current state of being. In both ways of thinking, we are limiting ourselves to what God can do with our life. Ultimately, I think people choose to use age as an excuse to not accomplish their purpose in this world.  

Let's see how these two believes can hinder your thinking and how they will affect your outcomes:

I AM TOO OLD will define there are no more opportunities in your life and that all opportunities passed you by.

Real Life Example Proves Otherwise: Ray Kroc, the founder of McDonald's, was 52 when he was a milkshake machine salesman and just six years later he was the owner of over 200 McDonald franchises in the U.S.. Kroc obviously kept an eye open for opportunities and did not let his age define his success or endeavors.

I AM TOO YOUNG will limit the opportunities that reach you, because success and opportunities are for “older people.”

Real Life Example Proves Otherwise: Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai was the youngest person (17) ever to win a Nobel Prize. In spite of being shot in the head by a Taliban gunman, she survived and continued to campaign the rights of girls to go to school (democracynow.org)

Instead of limiting my thinking about my age, I prefer to reword my statements about age as follows:

"I am 43 years old and because of my age I have acquired the wisdom to help others. I am so young (since I plan to live past 100) and I have MANY years ahead of me. Even at 60 years old, I am only 58% of the way "there" and can make significant impact on this world. The beauty of it all is the older I am, the wiser I get and the more impact I can make, with less effort."

I don't know about you, but this is super exciting to me! I get fired up just thinking about what anybody can do when they choose to do it. No matter what age, we have great things going for us. Take advantage of your age, wherever you are, and tell yourself a different story that appreciates your age NOW!

 

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