What would beating the odds in retirement look like for you?
It matters that you know. Because it determines the choices you will make and the type of life you will live. You will have to overcome aches and pains and probably some diseases. But if you stay focused on the type of life you want, you will beat the odds and live a healthier, vibrant retirement.
“The majority have been programmed from their past experience to expect a physical decline. And while it is something they don’t want, they are programmed to expect it. And so, they’re going to get what they expect. It’s not that what they expect is the reality that everyone lives, but that everyone lives the reality of what they expect.” Abraham-Hicks
It’s why I’m so passionate about promoting THRIVING. I want you to find models of people aging around what is possible for you during this chapter of life.
I want your conversations to be about living healthy, being vibrant.
Think about what you want your health to be - who are great examples for you? Harriette Thompson became the oldest woman at 94, to complete a half-marathon, two years after she became the oldest woman to finish a marathon. You can do what you set your mind to do.
How about if you still want a career? Find people like Warren Buffett, 87, to be your role model. He leads one of the most prosperous companies. Imagine how sharp his mind is still. You, too, can thrive at work if that’s what you want.
We all die but we all don’t choose to live.
One of the things I’ve noticed as I’ve grown older is how much energy and how many conversations are around our ailments. Remember, you get more of what you think about.
Your body and mind do change. But what if you could spend more time talking about living fully? Or all you have working right? Our bodies are amazing systems.
Know that your body might creak and be different from what it was in your 40s. Just don’t perseverate on it.
This year has been a year of losing people precious for Bo and I. I caught myself talking about it so much, more than just grieving. I realized how much I was feeling sad. Thinking that illness and loss were the only things happening in our lives. And, yet there were so many positive and exciting in our lives too. I couldn’t see it. That’s why it’s SO IMPORTANT to be conscious of how you feel. Those feelings are telling you what direction you are heading - depressed or living healthy.
Your words are powerful. You control your life with your thoughts and words.
Think about how you feel when your conversations are about your pain and losses. It’s sad, hard. It drags you down. What if instead, you would focus more on being healthy even with the aches? Honoring the love you shared, the difference they made for you and others? It’s lighter and less stressful.
And most important, you will feel and be healthier. And be more fun to be around.
As Tony Robbins says, “Our goal is not to ignore the problems of life, but to put ourselves in better mental-emotional states to not only come up with solutions but really meet the challenges and take action.”
Retirement brings a whole new vision for life. It is defined by the conversations and models you have about what matters to you during this time of life.
Ask yourself - Are you choosing to talk about being healthy or talk about how hard it is to be older?
Let me help you gain clarity and focus for a healthy retirement. Go to dottiehager.com to sign up for a call today.