It is an understood fact that once you stretch a rubber band it never quite comes back to its original size. This past weekend, I was stretched way outside of my normal shape. I presented my very first TED talk this weekend. Surprisingly, I wasn’t as tense as you might think.
For those of you who might not know what a TED talk is, I will explain. TED began in 1994 as a onetime event and six years later it was re-invented as a Four Day Conference where attendees paid $475 to hear a variety of lectures on topics covering technology, entertainment and design (TED) over a 4-day period. That is how it started, but talks can cover any subject now days. There were 15 of us speaking and each covered a different subject.
I spoke on us Baby Boomers coming off the sidelines of life and getting back on the dance floor.
Many of us feel we don’t have anything of interest to say or we feel the contribution we can make to society is so minimal so why even try.
One of the speakers had been retired for 15 years and grew tired of being home, over weight, and inactive. She started dieting, just to lose a few pounds, she said, and within six months she had lost 80 pounds, given up all of her medications, stopped having headaches and other aches and pains.
She and her husband have renewed their relationship and they are enjoying life like never before. I know it takes a special person of her age to take a look at life and decide to make a change. But it can be done.
My talk was aimed at Baby Boomers also. I am convinced we are capable of so much more than we believe we are. We have had experiences that have taught us a lesson and we should share that with others. We have seen so many things go wrong and we can tell others how not to do certain things, too. The lessons we have learned on this path through life should not be for our benefit only. It should be shared with the world.
One reason we have not attempted more than we have is because we have listened to that voice which has limited us through negative influences and belittling. Some of us have carried these thoughts around all of our lives and have suffered under their influence until we don’t believe we can do anything about it.
I am here to tell you that you can change, even at this late date. If you are in the mind to make that change, visit my site at www.coachic.com/babyboomers and take the free assessment. The results of that assessment will help you see which thoughts are supporting you and which ones are hindering you from becoming your true self.
Life is too short to sit on the sidelines. Lee Ann Womack said, “When you get a chance to sit it out or dance, DANCE.”
I have made it my goal in life to help every Baby Boomer finally become who they were meant to be.