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Attention Old People Of All Ages - by Jan Tincher

Do you feel old? Do you look old? Do you think old? Does that mean your memory is going, you feel weak or out of control every once in a while (some people more than others), your joints hurt?

You are not alone. Unfortunately. I'm over 60, so it seems that every time I get together with certain friends, age is inevitably discussed. I cringe inwardly and get very busy going "Cancel, Cancel!" in my mind. (The Cancel Technique instructions are below.)

This is some of what's said:

  • "That's what happens when you get old."
  • "Especially at your age."
  • "Act your age, old man/lady."
  • "I can't remember anything. Al's been visiting."
  • "What's the matter? You got A?"

(The last two are a reference to Alzheimer's Disease. It's almost an invitation for it to happen to you for real.)

What do each of those sentences say to your brain?

Your mind does the thinking. Your mind is in charge of your brain. Your brain is in charge of your body. So what you think is very important to your body. Your brain is in charge of your nerves. If your mind tells your brain that it is getting old, your brain will relay the process of getting old to the nerves, usually more quickly than needed. Do you want that?

Let's go back to your friends again. Now, you're sitting there and feeling old with your best friends. They are in effect telling you how life is going to be for you. Not only for you, but for everyone that is listening.

Of course, your response to reading the paragraph above might be, "No they aren't. I know it doesn't have to be that way."

But it is going to be that way for you, unless you do something. And you're saying, "I don't believe that."

Very good! You're telling me, and ultimately your brain, that you don't believe it. Isn't that terrific? You are taking control.

But that isn't how it is when you are talking to your friends, is it?

You're not on your guard then. You are letting everything slip through. You laugh at the jokes about Alzheimer's. You make your own jokes about memory. "You can tell me anything and it'll be news to me." "You can tell me that joke tomorrow. I'll bet I'll think it's funny all over again." "I can hide my own Easter eggs!" "I don't see reruns anymore."

You can joke about all the infirmities that happen to "old" people. "Do you have to go to the bathroom or can you hold it? Answer: Depends." "Do you want to go golfing or is Art visiting?" A reference to arthritis. Again, almost an invitation. Some prefer to joke about it, "while they can". What kind of a mind set is that?

Some people accept that this happens to everyone who grows old. That it is inevitable. NOT! Hey, everyone grows older. When a person grows older, so do their friends, but some in entirely different ways. By the time a person IS "old", he or she feels like they "know" what is going to happen for the rest of their lives. Some pretty much accept it. They feel that if "this" happens, "that" happens, then when "that" happens, "this" happens, and that's the way life is as you grow older.

Wrong.

If you can think, you can change your life.

Yes, people grow old. Some grow old fighting it all the way, hating it. Some grow old gracefully and lovingly, AND healthy.

Unfortunately, a lot of people unwittingly encourage the reactions they think growing old causes. "I know when so and so reached 40 or 50 or 60 or 70 years old, her body just plain broke down. She got arthritis, she had a hysterectomy, her stomach kept getting upset, and on and on. Then almost that same thing happened to so and so and so and so and so." They then reach what they feel is the logical conclusion that, therefore, when they turn 40 or 50 or 60 or 70, all that stuff will happen to them too. You know the progression, you invite the progression, you encourage the progression. The progression begins to be you. Either consciously or unconsciously.

Well, it's time to stop it, isn't it? Here's what you can do:

First, look at the picture you want of yourself when you are older. It's a picture of love, self-confidence, high self-esteem, flexibility, strong bones, and prosperity in mind, body and soul. "If those words don't describe what you want, substitute the words that do."

Second, think of the thoughts that are going through your mind. Take them one at a time. Does this thought help you to BE your picture?

Third, if it does, that's terrific! Rejoice! If it doesn't, continue to the fourth step.

Fourth, raise your arms and yell, "CANCEL! CANCEL!" It's a lot like someone scratching a phonograph record. You don't want to listen to a scratched record, your brain won't want to listen to these thoughts if they cause you to "CANCEL! CANCEL!" It's like scratching the brain.

Fifth, immediately think of an affirmation or two that you like. They could be "I love. I am loving. I am loved." or "I love myself and all creation." or "Every day in every way, I am better, better, and better." If you've been reading my articles for a while, you know these are my favorites. However, you must use affirmations that YOU like. Fill the place in your brain that used to hold negative thoughts, with positive affirmations.

There is a huge difference between growing older and growing up. No matter what you do, if you live another year, you have grown a year older. If you haven't gotten smarter, you haven't lived. I say, if you're alive, why not live life to the fullest?

How about programming tomorrow to be a day to enjoy?

You can still go for coffee and enjoy your relationships, but now you show by example that YOU don't want to think "old" thoughts. Simply don't participate in saying them.

Don't laugh when you hear them - a good analogy might be that that type of laughter is another nail in the coffin, your friend's or your coffin, who knows? People will see that you have something good going here. When they are ready to learn and to change, show them this article. When they look at you and the changes you've made in your life, they will know that it is possible. One more thing, make sure to help them along the way on their journey. They, and their family, will thank you for it.

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Jan Tincher, Master Neuro-Linguistic Programmer and nationally recognized expert in Hypnotherapy & Neuro-Linguistic Programming, teaches strategies and techniques that help people live better, happier lives, She studied under Richard Bandler and best-selling author, Anthony Robbins, and has had a successful practice for over 13 years. She has written hundreds of articles that show people how to work successfully with relationships, stress, weight, success, growing older, depression, fear, health, and much more. Click here

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