How old is OLD?

Published on May 26, 2011


George Burns (Jan 20, 1896 – March 9, 1996)

If you ask around, most people will probably say something like, “age is a state of mind,” or “you are only as old as you feel.”

Well, I say that is horse manure! Those are the politically correct answers when in fact if you pushed people to give you a number they would ... and every person’s number would be different based on his or her respective life experiences.

Let’s call this "programming" or "conditioning" around aging.

It's an "attitude."

T. Harv Ecker talks about a formula that looks like this, P-T-F-A-R. Programming leads to thinking, thinking leads to feelings, feelings lead to actions and actions lead to results. Simply stated... a person’s programming around something is going to affect his or her results.  Hold that thought!

Let’s take a look at two individuals:

John grew up in a family where he learned from observing other men in his life that at around 65 years old, men retire, get fat, drink a lot, experience extreme illness, sadness, and lack of purpose causing their family to distance themselves and their friends to abandon them just before they die at age 67.  John really never thought about this information and had no reason to question its scope of impact on his life.

You can be sure that when someone tells John at around age 60 to 65 years old to “act his age” he will know exactly how 65 looks and will certainly begin to live out his version of that age. As a matter of fact, he won’t need to be told because it is already programmed into his subconscious and he is already living out his beliefs about what 65 years old “looks like” and he is unknowingly gearing up for such a life.

Now let’s look at Bob. Bob had mentors in his life from a young age that illustrated that at age 65 some people retire and find other things that are meaningful in their lives, and others continue to work in fields where they are passionate and fulfilled every day. These men saw retirement as an opportunity to create a new life for themselves post-retirement and use their years of experience and expertise to create lifestyles suited to their values. These men had more passionate relationships with their spouses and quality time with their kids and grandkids than ever before, and they used their newfound spare time to achieve optimal health and fitness. Bob really never thought too much about these things, but like John, the observations he made were quietly programmed into his subconscious and he unconsciously lived them out.

So will John and Bob have the same experience of the years leading up to age 65? What about age 65 and beyond?

The only difference between these two experiences involve the “attitudes” the two men had about aging. Attitudes born of programming and programming born of one’s experiences, observations, and beliefs.

Change your thinking ... change your results. Age with attitude!

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