I recently read a shocking statistic. Did you know that most heart attacks happen on a Monday? It doesn’t matter where in the world you live, the highest occurrence of heart attacks seems to be between 8am-9am on Monday morning.
According to a recent study, the risk of a heart attack increases by about 20 percent on Mondays for men and 15 percent for women.
Why do you think this is?
I believe it has a lot to do with the feeling of dread that overcomes us as we are getting ready to go to work. Because let’s face it; very few of us enjoy our jobs.
In fact, if you have a college education or higher the chances are that you hate what you do. You probably fell into a good corporate career in your twenties, lured by prospects and credentials rather than passion.
Years later you find yourself trapped.
Don’t Deny Your Greatness
I endured that existence for a long time.
I can still see myself sitting on the edge of my bed with my stomach in knots. I’d enjoy my weekends but as soon as Sunday evening came round, I’d have butterflies in my belly.
I’d start feeling stressed about returning to work and during the morning commute would ask myself how I ended up doing this kind of work.
I’d had so many dreams of greatness throughout university; I wanted to travel the world, write a book, make a difference and ultimately change the world. Life was filled with potential and excitement.
So what happened?
I kept waiting for the right moment to build my new life.
When everything would be perfect and there would be zero risk involved. I got comfortable on my fat salary, my daily routine and my busy life but it left me with no time to pursue the things I really loved.
Before I knew it, a decade had flown by.
Now I had a mortgage, responsibilities and a deep-seated fear that I was too old to start something new let alone striving for greatness.
If you are living this kind of life, I want to share this video by Les Brown with you. In it Les urges us to create a larger vision for ourselves and not to take our greatness to the graveyard.
I was so moved by his words that I’ve added them here for you to reflect on;
Most people take their greatness to the graveyard. The wealthiest place on the planet is the graveyard. It is not the gold mines or the various places in the world or the diamond mines.
The wealthiest place in the planet is the graveyard, because in the graveyard we will find inventions we were never exposed to, ideas, dreams that never became reality, hopes and aspirations that were never acted upon; because most people allow that inner conversation for whatever reason to keep them from ever pursuing their goals.
~ Les Brown
These are very sobering words. Use them to inspire you and drive you forward.
- What dreams, ideas and potential can you act upon today before it’s too late?
- What untapped greatness lies within you?
- What could you accomplish if you started today?
You might not have discovered the cure for cancer or how to create world peace. But there is probably something that you have a gift for that is unique to you.
It could be teaching people how to enjoy more loving relationships, how to become a better parent or how to handle stress better.
You Have Greatness Within You
Whatever it is, take the first step towards building your new life right now. Don’t sit around and wait for the stars to be aligned or to develop the perfect plan.
Most people wait their whole lives for something to happen. They don’t realize that they can take action, no matter how imperfect, today.
They sit and wait for the right moment, the perfect opportunity or someone to rescue them.
Like sheep, they follow the herd, instead of questioning life, exploring new avenues and taking action.
They’re too afraid of making a mistake or failing so they never get going at all. As a result, they never discover their true greatness.
Don’t let this happen to you. You aren’t a sheep.
You are a powerful, creative human being with untapped potential and greatness just waiting to be revealed. You can start building a new life for yourself the way you want it to be at any moment.
What steps have you taken to change your life? How is that working out for you? Please share your thoughts below.