“Never think any oldish thoughts. It’s oldish thoughts that make a person old.” ~ James A. Farley …
Our thoughts are very powerful–so much of what we experience in life is determined by what we allow our heart and our minds to dwell upon. By thinking poor and sub-par thoughts, we experience poverty, in many forms; and when we think about depressing thoughts, we become acquainted with depression. The same goes for thoughts of violence, hatred, loneliness, defeat, mediocrity, and so on down the line–we live where our minds live.
Of course, here, James is only talking about “oldish thoughts.” He is explaining that we really are only as old as we think we are. I have some younger friends who would turn down a 2-mile jog or walk with me if I asked them, even on a beautiful day. And it is this mentality, the “I am too old to do that” way of thinking, that James is talking about. If we think some activity or thing is too old for us, well then we in essence are making ourselves old with such thoughts. If we look around us, it is quite apparent that there are plenty of “older people” who do young things like traveling the world, starting up new careers, running in marathons, and challenging themselves on many different levels that some of us younger folks avoid.
If we cut our possibilities short because of we think that we are too old, we are only limiting ourselves and keeping ourselves from reaching our potential. How many adults have considered themselves too old for exercise, only to start exercising regularly after having a heart attack? And how many people have resigned themselves to working a certain job until they retire, only to find themselves starting a new career after being laid off or moving?
And yet these two examples involve outside forces changing our ways of thinking. Imagine, however, what we might accomplish if we could control our internal forces to change and drive our ways of thinking. We might see our goals and our dreams with much greater clarity, understanding the exact paths necessary for us to reach them. With such clarity, we can begin to journey towards removing ourselves as a factor in limiting our own potential.
Think of something you can do that you may have previously ruled out as something you are too old for.
Questions to consider:
From where do we get thoughts that limit ourselves because they tell us we cannot do something for some reason or another?
What can you do today to change your self-limiting thoughts?
Do you know people who constantly think “oldish” or another type of self-limiting thought? How are these people’s lives?
For further thought:
“To be healthy, wealthy, happy and successful in any and all areas of your life you need to be aware that you need to think healthy, wealthy, happy and successful thoughts twenty-four hours a day and cancel all negative, destructive, fearful and unhappy thoughts. These two types of thought cannot coexist if you want to share in the abundance that surrounds us all.” ~ Sidney Madwed