Any­time keys to launch your great­ness

You are des­tined for great­ness — it is your birthright! When you do not know what free­dom you have, you will al­ways be­have like a bond-ser­vant or vic­tim beg­ging for pas­sage through life.

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - MOTIVATION - Mil­ton Kamwendo Hunt for Great­ness

WHEN you do not know what abun­dance you have, you will al­ways be ob­sessed with short­age, in­suf­fi­ciency and as­sume that you al­ways need to be spon­sored, pam­pered and pitied.

When you do not know who you are, you will not know what is yours and you will de­spise your birthright.

Life can be a dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ence when you start think­ing dif­fer­ently.

You are far larger than your most daunt­ing doubts and faz­ing fears. You are a child of the Uni­verse and a fit­ting prince who can de­clare things boldly and they hap­pen.

With your words you weave your life ex­pe­ri­ences. With your thoughts you are thread­ing your world to­gether.

You are a walk­ing powerhouse, filled with awe­some po­ten­tial and hold­ing great keys to great­ness. You have awe­some power in your tongue, head, hands, heart and feet.

Dreams do come true and yours are not an ex­cep­tion. Dream great dreams and pur­sue them pur­pose­fully with earnest­ness, en­thu­si­asm and en­ergy.

There is noth­ing small about your life that you should park at medi­ocrity. Do not go mi­cro when you can be macro. Lunge for­ward to­wards your great­ness.

The keys you need are avail­able, ac­ces­si­ble and you can reach for them any time. You can un­leash the keys to your great­ness any­time you re­ally choose to start do­ing life dif­fer­ently, and daily you will see your life change.

You are like an air-wor­thy aero­plane, you are made to fly.

It is too early to be a mu­seum, get into ac­tion. You can­not just sit in park-mode for­ever. You have to get in mo­tion and take off to some wor­thy des­ti­na­tion.

You will have many days when you are dead, for the time be­ing get into ac­tion be­fore you are a mere me­mory.

Taxi to the run­way of your life: move into po­si­tion, gear your mind for take-off. The higher up you rise, the big­ger the hori­zon you will see and the ever-widen­ing can­vas of pos­si­bil­i­ties ap­pear.

If where you are feels crowded and cramped, you are sit­ting low and play­ing your game at medi­ocre lev­els. It is time to rise to a new place.

Do not waste time be­ing an­gry and bit­ter with oth­ers, who­ever they are or what­ever role they play. Di­rect all that en­ergy to your­self.

Now, surge for­ward with drive and de­ter­mi­na­tion; run hard and take off to your great­ness.

You do not be­long where medi­ocrity sings lonely, long songs of moan­ing and com­plain­ing, and cho­ruses of pro­longed dis­af­fec­tion.

You are too busy to be bored and too fo­cused to waste pre­cious time in pur­pose­less de­bates.

Stop think­ing wild and fo­cus your ef­forts and en­er­gies of spirit, body, mind and soul. Waste no more time in idle de­spair, and car­ry­ing bit­ter­ness.

Start run­ning and you will take off.

If you have to wear blink­ers, wear them if they will give you fe­ro­cious fo­cus. You can time-table where you be­gin but you can­not eas­ily plot when you will then take off on your great­ness jour­ney.

Get into the ring, get on to the run­way, start the fly­wheel of ac­tion, start spin­ning.

You are des­tined for the great take-off.

Lan­guage

Any­time you have an op­por­tu­nity to learn a lan­guage, learn it. It is part of your adap­tive ca­pa­bil­ity and opens new doors of re­la­tion­ship and un­der­stand­ing. Never waste a lan­guage learn­ing op­por­tu­nity, it is a great door and it opens space.

Skill

Any­time you have an op­por­tu­nity to learn a new skill, take it. Never be too lazy to at­tend a work­shop or course, sim­ply be­cause you want to fin­ish some rou­tine tasks.

If your job is of­fer­ing courses, take them. If you have to put in ex­tra time to learn, in­vest. Be the high­est learner, the big­gest cus­tomer of your lo­cal book­shop.

Be known as a learn­ing en­thu­si­ast. Al­ways have a grow­ing per­sonal li­brary. This is a great key to great­ness.

Lis­ten

Any time you have the op­por­tu­nity to be in the pres­ence of some­one great, lis­ten and learn; lis­ten and lis­ten some more.

You do not change by parad­ing the lit­tle you know, you change by know­ing some­thing new.

There is never a need to be the loud­est voice in the room; just be the one with the long­est ears. If you have no chance to speak, do not worry you can al­ways do that in your sleep. Look, lis­ten and learn.

When you open our ears to lis­ten, your world will grow and you will stum­ble upon ex­cit­ing and great things. Open your ears and your soul, and many peo­ple will love you for it.

Books

Any time you have the op­por­tu­nity to buy a book, do not hes­i­tate or put it off - buy it! You do not read a book it is but as you are.

Some books sit and wait pa­tiently on your bookshelf, wait­ing for you to be ready. Some books are not to be read in full but kept for the right mo­ment of in­spi­ra­tion.

Do not be dis­ap­pointed be­cause there are books you bought and have not read. Do not give away books be­cause you have read them. A sin­gle read is never quite enough. Read with a marker/pen. En­gage with the con­tent you read and knowl­edge will be branded into your head. Make friends with books and read widely and daily.

Be­friend peo­ple who read and be sus­pi­cious of those who do not.

Travel

Any­time you have an op­por­tu­nity to travel, take it. Travel is a gi­ant text book. You learn a lot in travel that you would have never learnt in any other way.

Travel and be mind­ful as you travel. Take a lot of pic­tures and open your mind for in­spi­ra­tion. Open your mind to new ex­pe­ri­ences and your life will ex­pand im­mea­sur­ably.

Never for­get: your vil­lage is not the world’s end.

Bless­ing

Any time you have an op­por­tu­nity to pray for and wish some­one well do so. Any time you have the op­por­tu­nity to bless and en­cour­age some­one, go ahead.

Your small af­firm­ing word could just be that last straw that could save some­one. You may be the re­main­ing liv­ing soul that could en­cour­age them. Your words could be the last thread of en­cour­age­ment you were look­ing for. Ev­ery time you are prompted to tweet some­thing worth­while go ahead, you may just in­spire some­one.

Writ­ing

Any­time you have an op­por­tu­nity to write, go on and write. An un­writ­ten thought may evap­o­rate.

Whether what you write will be pub­lished or not, just write. Not writ­ing is self­ish­ness of the high­est or­der.

Writ­ing is im­por­tant, it doc­u­ments thought. Writ­ing is a drink from the river of in­spi­ra­tion. Drink deep and share your thoughts to en­rich the world.

To live long and not write much is to live dan­ger­ously.

Ac­tion

Any­time you can take ac­tion, take it. Move and the whole uni­verse will move with you.

In de­mand ev­ery­where are rain­mak­ers — peo­ple of ac­tion. Movers and shak­ers are more valu­able than moan­ers and com­plain­ers.

There are too many peo­ple talk­ing at the top of their voices, fewer still tak­ing mean­ing­ful, de­ter­mined and res­o­lute ac­tion to make a dif­fer­ence. Re­duce your vol­ume and drama; just am­plify your ac­tions.

Do not stop act­ing and mak­ing a dif­fer­ence sim­ply be­cause other peo­ple have grown cold and cyn­i­cal.

The size of your ac­tion is mere in­ter­pre­ta­tion. You never know which of your ac­tions snow­balls into a flame and move­ment for good. There is no small or big ac­tion, all there is a ac­tion. Pe­riod. So act now!

Og Mandino (1923-1996) was an in­ter­est­ing and in­spi­ra­tional man. He had a sim­ple but ef­fec­tive writ­ing and motivating style that I ad­mire.

In one of his books, “The Great­est Sales­man,” he left us a scroll with th­ese words to be read by any­one who may: “Act now. I will act now. I will act now. I will act now. Hence­forth, I will re­peat th­ese words each hour, each day, ev­ery­day, un­til the words be­come as much a habit as my breath­ing, and the ac­tion which fol­lows be­comes as in­stinc­tive as the blink­ing of my eye­lids.

“With th­ese words I can con­di­tion my mind to per­form ev­ery ac­tion nec­es­sary for my suc­cess. I will act now. I will re­peat th­ese words again and again and again. I will walk where fail­ures fear to walk. I will work when fail­ures seek rest. I will act now for now is all I have. To­mor­row is the day re­served for the labour of the lazy. I am not lazy. To­mor­row is the day when the fail­ure will suc­ceed. I am not a fail­ure. I will act now.

“Suc­cess will not wait. If I de­lay, suc­cess will be­come wed to an­other and lost to me for­ever. This is the time. This is the place. I am the per­son.”

Do not wake up to moan and groan like a vic­tim. Wake up to af­firm, con­fess, mut­ter, whis­per, de­clare and shout out loud: “I will act now, I will act now, I will act now.”

Enough said al­ready, it’s time for ac­tion. Act now to­wards your great­ness.

Your great­ness is wait­ing for you. No one will come to your bed, wake you up and throw you up on your feet. You have to get up and start do­ing. No one will come to your house and start tak­ing ac­tion for you. Con­trol your en­vi­ron­ment and take ac­tion. You have to take charge and move for­ward. Act now.

The room is ready for you. Take ac­tion, make some­thing great hap­pen and you will never be dis­ap­pointed. Do not wait for oth­ers to act, while you watch. Act now and see great­ness come forth. No gov­ern­ment will come to change your think­ing for you. You have to do it your­self. Act now to­wards your great­ness. Com­mit­ted to your great­ness. ◆ Mil­ton Kamwendo is a lead­ing in­ter­na­tional trans­for­ma­tional and mo­ti­va­tional speaker, au­thor and coach. He is a cut­ting strat­egy, in­no­va­tion, team-build­ing and lead­er­ship fa­cil­i­ta­tor whose life pur­pose is to in­spire great­ness. Feed­back: mkamwendo@gmail.com, Twit­ter @Mil­tonKamwendo or What­sApp +263772422634.

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