Many people go to their graves with their greatness still locked in them. What if you lived your whole life only to discover that you hadn’t realised your potential?
Let me ask you to consider this: what is it that gives your life a sense of meaning and purpose? It’s a crucial question and if you haven’t already worked out what the answer is for you, I encourage you to start thinking about it today. Once you identify your life’s purpose, you’ll be in a power place!
For example, if you go to a job every day that you hate – the job that doesn’t challenge you or make you grow – you’ll probably eventually get sick just thinking about it. Because when you already know how far you can go and can see the “glass ceiling” that will stop any further development, you’re at a nowhere place, without direction and enthusiasm. And what does this do? It erodes your self-esteem. It creates inner turmoil and is likely to leave you with a feeling of emptiness.
Your best life is worth finding. Imagine that, when you’re on your death bed, the Ghosts of Your Dreams and Talents appeared before you. Imagine that although life gave you great ideas and abilities, you, for some reason, never pursued those dreams, you never acted on those ideas and you never used those gifts. Imagine the Ghosts staring at you with large disappointed eyes, saying: “We came to you! Only you could have given us life, and now we must die with you – forever!”
So, if you died tomorrow, what dreams, talents, gifts and ideas would die with you? Think about it – life is short and there’s no time (or talent) to waste. Bring your inner being to life. I’m working on this myself, and you can too, starting right now!
Emilie Olifant is a disability activist, entrepreneur and motivational speaker. She is the director of the Emilie Olifant Foundation, an organisation that strives to address socio-economic issues experienced by people with disabilities. email: email@example.com