The foundation for Age into Action came about while in my senior year in college.
My goal was to create an online community specifically for helping middle-aged (roughly 40-65) people to continue to strive for success and happiness. There's a lot of personal development material out there and I wanted to do something different that was tied closely with my interests. I decided to approach the topic of personal development from a sustainability angle.
In simple terms, a society isn't very sustainable if a large portion of its population feels they are no longer valued, that they have little to contribute, and are expected to step aside and slow down as they get older (even if they're not ready.)
In addition to the larger socioeconomic issues of marginalizing an entire segment of the population, the ramifications of doing so extend to the individual and the negative effects manifest themselves in undesirable ways such as depression, anxiety, and general dissatisfaction with life.
And why wouldn't people feel that way? We've all seen the 'funny' birthday cards about turning 40/50/60, the commercials for 'age-defying' creams and make-up--the signs are everywhere if we look closely and the message being sent is clear--aging is bad.
One of the biggest problems is that many of the stereotypes about getting older are generalizations. For example, one of the biggest stereotypes is that people's health starts to decline as they get older. While this is true due to the simple fact of biological aging, it doesn't happen to everyone at the same rate.
On one hand you can have a 64-year-old person who can barely walk due to bad health and on the other hand, you have an identically-aged Diana Nyad, who in 2013 swam non-stop from Cuba to Florida (on her fifth attempt!) Now imagine being completely capable of doing something as big as Diana but you're being discouraged not only by other people's negative beliefs about your age, but from your own inner limiting beliefs.
Think about another goal you might already have or want to set for your 40s/50s/60s. How are you supposed to achieve success if there's all this negativity coming at you about your age from your own beliefs and inner dialogue?
So I got to work.
After months of research, my plan was completed and I presented Age into Action to my Sustainability Studies professors at the University of New Mexico.
I won the Academic Excellence Award from the department along with a healthy dose of encouragement from the faculty to make my project a reality.
But could I do it? Absolutely!
My skills lie in communicating and teaching--two areas I've built up plenty, both as a business owner and former technical trainer.
I'm good at putting things into plain English, cutting out all of the fluff, and making clear plans to get things done.
As a certified Goal Success Coach, I'm excited to make my 25 years of experience in goal-setting and habit formation available to you. The information and techniques we publish here on our website and in our upcoming programs are based on coaching best practices which I have personally used over the course of my life--from planning and working towards life-changing bigger goals to creating small habits that can help reach those goals and improve day-to-day life.
In a nutshell, I've made it my personal mission to help people like you figure out what you really want out of the second half of life and help you to go after it.