Recently, I watched a television interview with Ida Keeling, a vibrant 103-year-old woman who happens to hold several world records as a runner. Keelin entered her first race when she was 67. That’s when lots of people give up on sports, not start.
Lesson; you’re never too old to pick up a hobby or habit that improves the quality of your life.
I was 61 when I crossed the finish line for my first full marathon. Granted, I was likely the last in, but I did it.
That was over three years ago. Never in my wildest dreams did I think this would turn into something I’m very passionate about. Yet, here I am, 64 and still running. Over the last few years, I’ve done several 5k, 10k, 10 miles, half marathons and a couple of full marathons.
Some would say, “That’s rather late to start… don’t you think?”
Actually, no I don’t. It’s never too late to start something new.
Sadly, many people live their lives with the belief that due to the age they are restricted by the hands of time.
Are You Settling?
Many people do settle for less than they are capable of simply based on an outdated belief. They buy into the belief that as they get older, they have to slow down, act their age (whatever the heck that means) and settle for.
The fact is, you DON’T have to settle for the status quo. Life can get darned exciting after you turn 50. And watch out when you hit 60.
How you age is 90% based on your mindset. With the right mindset you are willing to do things you otherwise wouldn’t do…. like run a 10k race in below freezing weather… just because. (Not that you need to run a 10k… it could be something completely different, but still signifies pushing limits).
With the wrong mindset, you settle for a life of mediocrity. Chances are, that’s NOT what you want.
I know I sure don’t.
How Do You Know If You’re Settling?
There are some tell-tell signs you might be settling for less than you deserve in life. One sign is that you’re often tired… for no apparent reason. If you’re tired much of the time, you are likely in a job, career, relationship or living arrangement you’re not happy with.
Another sign you’re settling for is when you constantly give up your power of decision making to others. And then you blame them for things being the way they are.
Yet another sign is you constantly say, “When I have “X” I will be happy.”
There are plenty more signs, but these are three very obvious ones.
Are You Ready to Play Full Out?
A proven way to let go of settling for the status quo is to push your own limits. You have to give yourself permission to go beyond where you’re currently at in life. Only you can make change happen from the inside out.
Another way is to surround yourself others who are done playing small.
“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” Jim Rohn.
Who Will You be in 30 Days?
If you committed to the 30-Day Turnaround Challenge, there’s something you told yourself you wanted to accomplish. Have you stuck with it? What changes have you noticed since starting? What foundation are you laying over the 30-Day process? Who will you be by sticking with it for the full 30-days?