Age and Coaching: Can You Teach An Old Dog New Tricks?

A Life and Career Coach works with clients to remove the obstacles that get in the way of what they want to achieve.

And age happens to be one of those obstacles that comes up during a coaching relationship. The conversations with clients become analogous to the endless debate on whether you can teach an old dog new tricks. However, I invite you to notice that age does not matter when it comes to achieving happiness and fulfillment in life. It does a fine job of fooling people into believing they are too old to pursue their life-long dreams.

A really good example of how age does not matter is in the movie ‘The Bucket List’ where two men fighting terminal cancer decide to fulfill on their long forgotten wish lists of things they wanted to do during their lifetime. They decided to take on skydiving and do all the things that young people would dare to do. The inspiring story is bittersweet in the end, and illustrates the satisfaction and fulfillment they received for just going for it. Why not? They agreed they will die anyway.

Unfortunately in real life, most individuals never fulfill on their dreams and desires.

Sometimes because life gets busy and before a person realizes, they feel that the opportunity is no longer available. Ironically, the opportunity is always there. Life is full of opportunities, and it can be as simple as a choice all the way to the very last breath of your life. Just as the two men in the movie decided it was a choice.

Life is stacked with obstacles and a person can make all kinds of excuses on why they shouldn’t do something. As age is related to work, the most common mistake a person can make is to think they are too old for a certain occupation. The most important thing to remember is the level of skill and experience you have. If you are not skilled or experienced in the field you are entering, note that it is learnable. There is nothing stopping you from going back to college or to learn new skill sets that would support you in the field you want to enter. It is only your fears that get in the way of your potential. I invite you to take a leap of faith and dive into the world of possibilities. If you place your mind on the thing you want, the answers will appear.

What’s possible for you if you do not have to wait until you are diagnosed with a terminal illness to do what is on your bucket list?

What would you accomplish if age was not an issue?

For even more inspiration, check out the beautiful video about Paddy who didn’t let age get in the way of her dream of salsa dancing, which led her to become a winner on the show ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ AND she holds the title for the oldest acrobatic salsa dancer in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Enjoy your life!

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