The Sunday Mail
Milton Kamwendo Hunt for Greatness —
You are not born to be a coward, always crying for cover, protection and hand-me-downs. You are not here as a useless wimp, you are a champion. You are not God’s afterthought.
You are not an accident, but you are God’s original idea. Regardless of the challenges that you face, you have a place in the universe and your shadow counts.
You have greatness bound-up in your sinews and there are amazing possibilities in your bones and thoughts. Do not give up or lose heart.
Have courage, boldness and confidence. Believe in God, but also believe in what you have and can do. The things you face are little tests along the way to prove your commitment and sharpen your fighting edge.
Your faith is not fiction.
Through friction a knife is sharpened. Through adversity your greatness is revealed. Make today the beginning of the rest of your life. Choose to rise up, stand up and dare to challenge your limits.
Greatness is not a matter of luck. Stop wishing for luck and start praying more intentional prayers. Stop looking around for get-rich-quick schemes. Start putting plans in place and working the plans.
It takes a lot of effort to be great. Stop thinking lazy thoughts and wishing for greatness. There is no easy way to the top that does not go through the alley called hard work.
Works means more than just manual labour.
Muscle without thought is the key to disappointment. If success depended on manual labour, my rural-based mother would be a billionaire three times over. Position yourself for greatness; prepare yourself for greatness, and work every day with a vision of greatness.
In this way you will be great and there is no magic to it. It is not about just being lucky but thinking strategically and working your strategy.
What if luck comes your way?
Use the luck you get but never let it be your master or let it go into your head. Wake up everyday to learn, run and gun for greatness. It was Gary Player who said that the harder he trains, the luckier he gets.
Never stop training, believing and working because you think luck has smiled on you.
Luck is not a strategy nor a destination.
Even if things around you look hopeless, be so determined to make them otherwise. Stop believing that you are cursed and that you will never amount to anything.
Good luck, bad luck or no luck; choose to think differently and you will see things differently.
Believe you can do it and you will do it.
Do not let your mind live where everyone is complaining and crying. Think differently if you want different realities and results.
Think long and short-term. Many people underestimate what they can do in the long-term and overestimate what they can do in the short-term.
Have short-term goals that you pursue, but never forget that some things take time and take longer than you may think.
Greatness is a process and not an event. Think in terms of a growth process not a growth event.
Success is not just about the destination that you get to but the steps that you take along the way.
So long as you are on the road and are taking the deliberate steps towards the goals you have set, you are a success.
You will meet challenges, but these come to test your resolve and validate your plan.
The challenges you face are not enough testimony that you should abandon your goals. Learn to stick with your plans enough to work through and resolve your challenges.
The way you think determines the results that you get.
Your thoughts shape your conversation and your world.
If you want to change your life, start by changing your thinking.
If your thoughts do not change, very little may.
Even if no one can “see” your thoughts, they matter and they make a difference.
Mr. Walter D. Wintle was a poet of whom little is known except a little poem that he wrote on the power and influence of thinking.
He lived in the late 19th and early 20th century.
His poem has been quoted world over with some adaptations along the way, yet its message remains strong and relevant.
Read its message:
“If you think you are beaten, you are;
If you think you dare not, you don’t.
If you’d like to win, but you think you can’t,
It is almost a cinch that you won’t.
If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost;
For out of the world we find
Success begins with a fellow’s will
It’s all in the state of mind.
If you think you’re outclassed, you are;
You’ve got to think high to rise.
You’ve got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win the prize.
Life’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man;
But sooner or later the man who wins
Is the one who thinks he can!”
Life battles do not belong to the strong or the most competent. They belong to those who can dare challenge their realities and think in terms of possibilities. You can do more than you think.
You can be more than what you are already.
Do not park in the past and keep telling stories of past disappointments and victories.
You are a living being and not a museum.
Take massive action and vibrant thought to be relevant today.
Start planning for the future because that is where you will leave.
Never let the current challenges that you face stop you from seeing possibilities. This is not the time to mourn, it is the time to progress.
This is not the time to be the chief mourner but the time to be an agile strategist. Stop mourning, start planning and doing great things.
Fix and change
To get to where you need to go, there are some things that need to be changed, improved or pruned.
Think about the obstacles you face and find ways to go above them.
No mountain is ever too high to climb.
No channel is ever too big to cross.
No obstacle is ever too stubborn to solve.
What you face too shall pass.
Stay in process and keep focused.
Not all change is necessarily progress or improvement. However, without change it is impossible to make any progress.
You have to be willing to embrace the future and make progress that you are willing to sacrifice the status quo.
You have to be willing to be what you are not and to do the things that you have hitherto told yourself you won’t.
Do not be stuck in the past and think the world is waiting.
Challenge your limits and enlarge your thinking and your horizon.
See great things and great possibilities.
The writer of the book of Ecclesiates in Chapter 1:8-11 in despair wrote: “Everything is wearisome beyond description. No matter how much we see, we are never satisfied. No matter how much we hear, we are not content.
“History merely repeats itself. It has all been done before. Nothing under the sun is truly new.
“Sometimes people say: “Here is something new!” But actually it is old; nothing is ever truly new. We don’t remember what happened in the past, and in future generations, no one will remember what we are doing now.”
This statement should not tempt you to be cynical but encourage you to seek out for best practices and improve what you are doing.
Whatever you are doing can always benefit from what others know and have done in the past.
Keep looking for best practices and sharpening what you do.
Nothing is ever so perfect that it cannot be improved.
You are not stuck and stale, unless you so choose.
Go on a crusade of personal improvement and change.
It is not enough to remain parked in past glory. Keep improving and challenging your limitation.
Whatever cannot be changed is about to die. Whatever cannot be improved is hopeless.
If you cannot change and keep growing, you are dead.
I am sure you are intelligent enough not to die while you are living or to be part of the living dead.
The best practices of today are not going to be the next practices of the future. “Disruption” is a word that has gained momentum of late.
This is where something comes and changes the whole game and the way it is played.
Whole industries have disappeared when faced with disruption.
It is not enough to look at the past and be satisfied, look at the present and be impressed, look also at what is happening and learn.
Change is all around us.
Look at the next practices and the winds of change.
You are not insulated from change.
The light you see in the future could either be a swift train coming to grind you or a new light shining in the horizon.
Let the light shine and let new possibilities arise.
Arise, O great one — there are so many people waiting for you to show up.
Your dream has a place.
Milton Kamwendo is a leading international transformational and motivational speaker, author and coach. His life purpose is to inspire greatness. He can be reached at [email protected] and Twitter: @MiltonKamwendo or WhatsApp 0772422634.