You Are Only As Old As You Feel

Here’s an interesting life coaching idea for you and your clients who may have limiting beliefs around their age: You are only as old as you feel.

NFL kickers are a good example of this idea. NFL kickers often have to endure the scorn of fans and teammates who find their thin, lanky frames and small responsibility to be unessential in the sport of football.  But I’ve always considered being the kicker to be the best position to play on an NFL football team.

Think about it.  How many jobs do you know of where you can make as much as $3 million a year doing nothing else but kicking a football between a set of posts.  NFL kickers aren’t burdened with the task of memorizing offenses and defenses, or even tackling for that matter.  They enjoy the benefit of laughing all the way to the bank while others point and laugh at them.

What’s more, when they are in their 30s and 40s, kickers are not burdened with the knee and back problems that run rampant amongst most retired lineman and quarterbacks.  Or, if you happen to be 46-year-old Morten Andersen, you still get to enjoy playing the game.

Morten Andersen became the second oldest player to ever play for the NFL when he came out of retirement after two years away to play for the Atlanta Falcons.  So while sports analysts and players continue to make their jokes, Andersen gets to be comfortable with the fact that at 46, he is still living his dream of playing in the NFL.

Andersen truly has been blessed with the opportunity to live the American dream.  Born in Denmark, he came to America in 1977 as an exchange student and kicked so well in one year of playing football that he landed a scholarship at Michigan State, which eventually led him 29 years later to where he is today.

So the life coaching lesson is you’re only as old as you feel. Don’t let that number you put in your birthday cake determine what you can and can’t do. That’s up to you to decide.