When Kathie Lee turned 60 on August 16th I was at the gym watching a few minutes of her Today show with Hoda. There she was — in a third or fourth incarnation as entertainer, having survived enormous highs and lows, and flashing a “fabulous 60” sash! I was so excited — Kathie Lee is now officially fabulous over 60 and can start reading our blog! If you know her can you pass it along?
When Diane Sawyer interviewed Diana Nyad after her epic swim from Cuba that started August 31 and ended 53 hours and 102 miles later, the 64 year-old looked radiant, triumphant, serene, and absolutely elated. Despite failed previous attempts and personal challenges—there she was—celebrating fresh achievement in her 60s.
Do women like Diana and Kathie Lee inspire or intimidate us? What effect does reading/thinking about the hundreds of outstanding 60+ women have on our efforts to make our own lives the best they can be?
“The toughest athlete in the world is a 62 year-old woman.” – D.L. Stewart. Dayton Daily News
First lesson—what do you feel about others’ success? Jealousy? “Yeah, Jane Seymour looks fabulous at 62 — so what? She was always naturally gorgeous and has facelifts and tons of help“. Mean-spirited? “I never liked Hillary Clinton or Jan Brewer—too arrogant.” Proud? “Hurrah for her — go girl!”
Strong feelings (positive or negative) to someone else’s success can give you some insight into your own life and choices.
No successful 60+ woman has not endured failure and of course profound loss. What can you learn from how outstanding women handled this universal challenge?
Finally while realizing that no one succeeds at everything, to succeed at ANYTHING requires basically what we sometimes (especially when tired or frustrated) wish it didn’t: continued discipline, commitment, endurance, learning from mistakes, and the BIG ONE: personal responsibility. Retiring from one path, or changing gears doesn’t mean stopping or lowering standards, but rather applying these qualities of success to new and different goals.
Today I started a new routine. One that’s based on watching and figuring out that successful people start with a “First Things First” mentality — hey I TEACH this stuff!! But teaching isn’t doing. Some of my recent observations of people like Diana and Kathie Lee have shown me I am still wasting time on what is not important TO ME. And that I am not practicing consistent discipline that will move me toward my new goals.
So I started the day with writing (one of my main goals for my work now) – NOT CHECKING EMAILS. Oh this is hard. Really hard. It would be so much easier to just say “to hell with it – I am/was successful enough”. But then I wouldn’t even have a shot at being fabulous—and that continues to be out of the question.