Most of us have plenty more to achieve before we shuffle off into retirement.

What are you waiting for?

Wednesday, 22 November, 2017 - 11:51
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I have a few more creaks this year than last, although I guess at 71 some small aches are to be expected. But I didn’t expect them. Nor am I willing to accept them.

There are things I can do to help myself ‘not creak’, and I am doing them – walking more, eating less, cutting sugar, taking an aspirin a day and a few more vitamins, and other actions personal to me and my age and health that will help me improve and prevent.

I keep myself well oiled, so I can speed up rather than slow down.

Here’s what I have found to be true: The more I age, the less I am willing to ‘just accept’, and I am certainly not willing to ‘settle’.

Everyone is on his or her own journey. How’s yours going?

Not the wealth journey, or the hunt for buried treasure. I’m talking about a way bigger journey, your ‘learning journey’; how’s that going?

I have been an adult student for more than 40 years. Like you, when I was young, I knew everything. Then I travelled to Europe for a year, and I suddenly realised I knew next to nothing. From then I resolved to learn something new every day. That was more than 40 years ago, and I’m still on that journey. I hope you are, too.

The older I get, the more I want to learn and the more I want to accomplish.

Some people want to relax, or watch TV every night, or want to retire, or are looking forward to retiring. Not me.

I get mail from senior citizen organisations. I throw it away. I don’t want to accept that just because I have reached a certain age I can save money on things.

I am on a mission. I have a few more lofty goals that are backed up with intentions.

• Write 10 more books.

• Deliver 1,000 more speeches.

And there are a few other major personal goals to achieve and places I plan to see before I pack it in.

What are you doing right now to identify and achieve your lofty goals? Or are you waiting to retire so you can get or do what you really want?

I have found that most people who want to retire don’t love what they do at present. Not me.

When you love what you do, you can’t get enough of it. I hate sleeping; it’s the biggest waste of my time. I wake up early and I go to sleep late. People say they need balance; not me, I don’t need balance. I love what I do.

And contrary to popular belief, you don’t need balance; you need money. Which would you rather have, balance or money?

Back to my age of non-acceptance.

Big question

What are you accepting right now that you might be able to change if you took a few more risks, or were willing to put in a bit more (or a lot more) effort?

Bigger question

What are the three of four things in your life that you wish were different than they are now? And what are you waiting for? Don’t you hate waiting? Traffic. Late flights. Long lines. On hold. Slow service. You do everything you can to avoid a 10-minute or 60-minute wait, yet you’re willing to wait years to achieve your life’s desire.

Not me. I’m not waiting for anything or anyone. I don’t accept waiting, either in a doctor’s office or in life.

Big answer

Here’s the cool part. By taking daily action toward what you really want, at some (indefinable) point, you create your own momentum, your own path to achievement, maybe even your own path to fulfilment.

Biggest questions

What are you ‘just accepting’? What are you willing to do to make things happen in your life?

Biggest answers

If you’re constantly talking about what was, you’re robbing yourself of what will be. Complaining about life and the ‘good old days’?

Take note, ice creams are no longer 20 cents. If you’re sick of waiting, if you’re sick of just accepting your present lot in life, maybe it’s time to take action.

Gotta go. Time to floss my teeth. If only I could brush my hair.

 Jeffrey Gitomer is an American author, professional speaker and business trainer, who writes and lectures internationally on sales, customer loyalty and personal development.