I met a 69-year-old man the other day who said to me, “I’m old.” Even though he might have a couple of decades left in him, he had decided all the good stuff was behind him.
It’s a terrible attitude.
While you may remember being 29, 39, or 49 and wish you could go back again, you certainly can’t. Therefore, knowing how quickly life sifts through your fingers, it’s up to you to savor every single second of the age you are right now.
A big part of doing that well involves possessing the health and vitality to be physically younger (biological age) than the number of years you have been walking this planet (chronological age).
To do it, you need to practice habits such as eating right, exercising daily, and investing in a strong social network. Your goal should be to achieve your eighth or ninth decade physically, cognitively, and emotionally intact.
Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
1 Peter 5:8
Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers
- “Expecting life to treat you well because you are a good person is like expecting an angry bull not to charge because you are a vegetarian.”
Shari R. Barr
- “View your life from your funeral: Looking back at your life experiences, what have you accomplished? What would you have wanted to accomplish but didn’t? What were the happy moments? What were the sad? What would you do again, and what wouldn’t you do?”
- “Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs–even though checkered by failure–than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.”
Leaders Leading Leaders
Turning Mistakes into Stepping Stones for Success
It seems that some people are born to achieve anything they want. Some would say they are lucky, are blessed, or have the Midas touch.
But what truly is the reason for their success? Family background, wealth, greater opportunities, high morals, an easy childhood?
The difference between average people and achieving people is their perception of, and response to, failure. The not-talked-about, terrible truth is that all roads to achievement lead through the land of failure. Every person you admire has walked this road:
The Wright brothersArnold PalmerMary Kay AshTruett CatheyErma BombeckTony GwynnAmelia EarhartSergio ZymanHank AaronGeorge Bernard Shaw Mother Teresa all experienced failure and learned how to turn it into a stepping-stone for success.
Leadership expert Peter Drucker says, “The better a man is, the more mistakes he will make, for the more new things he will try.” Mistakes really do pave the road to achievement