Your expectation can become a self-fulfilling prophecy — and usually does. What if you knew that how you thought you’d look, feel, and get around at a given age actually predicted more or less what was coming? Would you make any changes to your expectations? Would you rewrite your definition of old? Would you find more use for people in their 70s, 80s, 90s, and older?
At what age do you honestly think the ability to contribute to society ends? Does it ever? Do you feel at all different today from the way you felt when you were younger?
Our biases are bound by definitions, and most are hidden from our attention unless we actively seek them out. Research suggests that such little things as what I expect of myself when I’m older do indeed affect what actually happens. In fact, the data shows that age can be reversed, simply by fully remembering youth, so that you feel it and see it in your mind’s eye. Change the definition and you become younger.
Excerpted from the article:
Do Beliefs & Biases Rule Our Life?
Written by Eldon Taylor.
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