A decade ago, in May 2009, I had a heart attack. While 10 years have passed, there are times when it seems like yesterday. Then I reflect on what transpired after that cardiac event, and how those events have left a mark on my life, as well as the lives of loved ones and friends.

The heart attack, and the subsequent losses that took place over the 369 Days, are a blessing to me.

Yes, I’m thankful it happened.

I was on a path to self-destruction. I was burning the candle at three ends, which means I wasn’t taking care of myself, and I wasn’t putting my needs over the needs of work, and life.

If that cardiac event didn’t happen, there’s definitely a good chance that I would not be here today writing this blog post. I’d be long dead by now. My artery was 90 percent blocked at one part, and 60 percent blocked at another part. Over time that would have been closer to 100 percent, and based on that artery, chances for survival would be very low.

It was the ultimate wake-up call. It forced me to STOP.

Over the past decade, I’ve (slowly) learned to approach life differently. The things and situations that I let impact me, I’ve thankfully created boundaries where those issues no longer affect me.

Easier said than done.

Did I make these changes instantly? Not at all. I’m still making changes. I’m further along than I was earlier this year. Next year, I’ll be further along than I am now. I keep growing to improve myself.

Boundaries are crucial my friends. (Re)Learn them.

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  • Michael Levitt

    Chief Burnout Officer

    Breakfast Leadership, Inc.

    Michael Levitt is the founder & Chief Burnout Officer of Breakfast Leadership, Inc,, a San Diego and Toronto-based burnout prevention firm. He is a Certified NLP and CBT Therapist, and is one of the world's leading authorities in burnout recovery and prevention.  He is also a Fortune 500 consultant, #1 bestselling author, and host of the Breakfast Leadership Show, a top 200 podcast on iTunes. He is a 2x Top 20 Global Thought Leader on Culture with Thinkers360. He is a former Healthcare executive, CIO, and CFO overseeing $ 2 Billion budgets, so he’s seen and done it all.
    His main keynotes are:
    1. Burnout Prevention: How To Avoid Your Own Year of Worst-Case Scenarios 2. Workplace Culture: Create A Workplace That People Will Beg To Work With 3. Working Remotely With Boundaries: How To Accomplish More At Home, Without Burning Out