Build greatness intelligently

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Build greatness intelligently

The Sunday Mail

BUILDING greatness is a journey that requires intelligence, hard work and persistence.

Hunt For Greatness

Milton Kamwendo

It demands planning, strategic thinking and the mindful application of effort. Greatness is never a blind gamble.

Understand greatness

Greatness is not merely about achieving extraordinary success in a particular field. It encompasses personal fulfilment, making a positive impact on others and continually striving for excellence.

It begins with defining what greatness means to you personally. Is it about reaching the pinnacle of your profession, creating a lasting legacy or enriching the lives of others? You need a clear picture of success. Your definition guides your actions and decisions.

Intelligent goals

The first step to greatness is setting intelligent, well-defined goals. Use the “SMARTER” criteria to formulate your goals: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound, Exciting and Reminders.

For example, instead of aiming to “become a better artist”, set a goal to “complete a detailed painting every month for a year”. This clarity will make your path to greatness more tangible and achievable. Your goals must be exciting and engaging to you. You also need to set systems that remind you to keep running towards the goals.

Mindset gearing

A growth mindset embodies the belief that you can develop and improve your abilities through dedication and hard work. It encourages resilience in the face of setbacks. It fosters a love of learning and the humility to keep growing. When you encounter obstacles, view them as opportunities to grow. When things do not work out as planned, do not despair. Take this as a challenge to learn. Problems are not insurmountable barriers but a learning syllabus.

Failure grasping

Greatness involves taking steps of faith. This means stepping out of your comfort zone. It means sometimes taking action without perfect information. Failure is an inevitable part of this process. Instead of fearing failure, grasp it as a stepping stone to greatness. Study your failures to understand what went wrong and how you can improve. Every achiever has faced setbacks. The differentiator is their ability to learn from these experiences.

Lesson gathering

The pursuit of greatness is a commitment to lifelong learning. Change is always in motion. Stay informed about new developments in your space. Strive for the competitive edge. Be open to feedback. Adapt your strategies as necessary. Gather and use all the learning you can. Flexibility and adaptability are levers of greatness.

The grind

Greatness is built on discipline and consistency. It is not just about emotion-pleasing activities. It is embracing the grind; doing what needs to be done, even when you do not feel like it.

Create routines and habits that support your goals. What you do daily determines what you become ultimately. Greatness calls for daily practice, regular study or consistent effort. These habits compound over time. Grow into significant progress towards your objectives.

Strength gains

Work on your weaknesses, focusing on your strengths. Identify what you do well and find ways of leveraging on these strengths in your pursuit of greatness. Keep working on areas you need to improve. Focus your efforts on where you can make the most significant impact. You gain massive traction through building on your strengths.

Support group

No one achieves greatness in isolation. Build a supportive network of mentors, peers and collaborators. A greatness support group provides valuable guidance, feedback and encouragement. Seek out people who share your aspirations and values. Do not be afraid of asking for help or advice. A strong support system will make your journey less daunting and more rewarding.

Priorities grip

Greatness will always cost you something. Make sure you are paying the right currency. Pursuing greatness should not come at the cost of your family, health or well-being. Get an early grip on your priorities. Keep whatever balance you need to maintain momentum yet remain centred. Work hard; you definitely need to, but take time to rest and reboot.

Regular exercise, a healthy diet and sufficient rest are good for your body. Do things that help you enhance your mental clarity and emotional resilience. Create personal systems that help you reboot your energy.

Greatness is about more than just achievement. It is also about how you achieve results.

Hold yourself to higher standards and noble values.

Conduct yourself with integrity, honesty and authenticity. Be true to your values and principles, even when faced with challenges. Being true to yourself will inspire and encourage those around you.

Building greatness intelligently is a multifaceted effort that requires more than just talent or hard work. It involves setting smarter goals, cultivating a growth mindset, learning from failure, and maintaining discipline and consistency.

By focusing on continuous improvement, leveraging on your strengths and building a support network, you will make a lasting impact. The journey to greatness is a marathon, not a sprint. Embrace each step with purpose, resilience and integrity. Build greatness intelligently, brick by brick.

Committed to your greatness.

Milton Kamwendo is a leading international transformational and motivational speaker, author and accomplished workshop facilitator. He is a cutting-edge strategy, team-building and organisation development facilitator and consultant. His life purpose is to inspire and promote greatness. He can be reached at: [email protected]m


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