OMG I’m 78! Insights from decades on Planet Earth

life lessons May 08, 2021

A lot of people stress out about the big birthdays —  50,60,70 and beyond…

And I believe that’s a sign that something’s off. Something’s out of alignment. Because when you’re truly living your purpose growing older feels like a gift. A celebration of what has been… and what’s to come.

Think about it — each year you’re alive, you gain more wisdom and step more fully into your power.

It makes me sad when I meet people in their 50s or 60s who feel like the best is behind them.

I believe that the best is always ahead. Your best lies in the process of becoming.

Insight #1:

There is only one person responsible for the quality of the life you live.  That person is YOU. If you want to be successful you have to take 100% responsibility for everything you experience in your life.  This includes the level of your achievements, the results you produce, the quality of your relationships, the state of your health and physical fitness, your debts, your feelings-everything. This is not easy since most of us have been conditioned to blame something outside of ourselves for the parts of our life we don’t like.

Insight #2: 

Anything is possible at any time, you can fundamentally change your life with the snap of your fingers if you so want to. It may take a while for your brain and your identity to catch up, but you can do it.

I believe our potential as humans is truly infinite… and we hold ourselves back in so many ways because we learn to focus on our challenges and limitations instead of our greatness.

We’re surrounded by people who see who we are and not necessarily who we are becoming.

Insight #3: 

“You can have everything you want in life, if you will just help enough other people get what they want.” — Zig Ziglar

The secret to success is much simpler than most people imagine. The secret to success is simply helping other people get what they want.

It’s amazing how much you can receive when you lead with giving.

Insight #4: 

There’s nothing more powerful than being fully and authentically YOU.

Your greatest contribution to the world is simply being you.

Fully, without shame or embarrassment…

and definitely without holding back.

When we’re being more authentic we feel more connected to who we are at our core. We can avoid living a divided life where our words, choices, and actions are not in line with our true selves. We can express ourselves more fully and with more confidence.

Insight #5: 

Be all in like a boss.

Commit fully. Hold nothing back. Do it for real. Having one foot in and one foot out will only get you the hokey pokey.

Greatness lies in your full commitment.

As Yoda famously said, “Do. Or do not. There is no try.”

Insight #6: 

If something’s going to change, you’re the one to do it.

Instead of blaming, shaming or judging, take full ownership and responsibility of every situation.

Lead by example. Take initiative. Dare to care.

Insight #7: 

Keep in mind that the first time you do anything is almost always the hardest. If you do it once, then you can do it again. It only gets easier from here…

All you have to do is take the next step, then keep moving. Momentum will take care of the rest, so you can…

Insight #8:

Behind every complaint is a hidden, unexpressed desire.

Everything people say and do is either a cry for love or an act of love.

Practice seeing the love in each situation and take nothing personally.

Insight #9:

Become a time warrior.

Guard your time, energy, attention, focus and life force as if your life depends on it — because it does.

Other people’s lives depend on it.

Say no — a LOT — so you can say yes to what matters.

Insight #10:

Insights come from anywhere and everywhere… yes, that’s kind of like wishing for more wishes, but hear me out. I grew up traveling the world with my family and I learned that the deepest insights, inspirations and solutions are often found in the most unlikely places. Stay open. Stay humble. Stay hopeful.

Insight #11: 

Don’t forget to appreciate the small stuff.

Celebrate every day.

Laugh for no reason…

and enjoy the ride.

Insight #12:

There is only now.

You’ve heard it said before—probably many times—that it’s important to live in the present moment.

You also might have heard similar pieces of advice like:

  • “Don’t get caught up in thinking about the past or the future—live in the now!”
  • “Be present in your own life.”
  • “All you have is this moment. Don’t let it slip away.”

All of these (possibly overused) sayings boil down to the same basic message: it’s vital to live in the present moment.

Thanks for reading!

I must admit, I’m writing this post as much for me as I am for you… this is my record of who I am and what I believe at this particular sliver of time.

What are YOUR biggest insights from being alive?

Leave a comment, let me know, let’s enrich each other’s lives.

Now go out there and Refire Your Next Chapter.

Share your insights for your decades on Planet Earth? It would inspire others.