Think big to achieve greatness

The vastness of our minds makes human beings unique and special. Each one of us is matchless and original. Zig Ziglar (2000, 23) in his book Steps to the Top says, “…man was designed for accomplishments, engineered for success, and endowed with seeds of greatness”.

Jonah Nyoni

Problems that are faced by most people are not natural, but they are man-made. They come from the mind. Success stories surrounding us are also but a product of the mind. The worst thing that we are not taught fully at our current schools is taking time to think and invent things. Most of what I learnt at school is irrelevant to my current realities. Author and speaker Bob Proctor once said that school gives us valuable knowledge. However, school never teaches us how to alter our paradigms.

Our minds have to be programmed properly so as to get positive results. Opportunities are all around us, but they are wrapped in what we have called problems. In the book I co-authored I said:

“Most successful people were made in times of adversity, because in life you are paid for the problems that you solve and your contribution to society. When times are swiftly changing, what we need are people that would unleash their leadership prowess and produce the best out of every instance.” (Book: Success Within Reach 2015, VI). What we have to do about the current situation in our country is not to cry and complain, but to create possibilities and see opportunities.

The difference in us from every creature is because we can think. The human being is the only creation which has the ability to invent. Your life today can gravitate towards success or greatness as long as you make up your mind. A lot of worthless things are happening around us and they are screaming for our attention. At the end if, we do not take control of our minds we end up being people that are just experiencing what I love to call “mental activity”. Just because a thought is in your mind does not mean you are thinking substantial or valuable things. What matters is not that you are “thinking”, but what you are “thinking about”. Think of that for a moment.

Look around you! There are things that need to be changed. At times the “employer mentality” has always been the worst enemy to our true success. School taught us to be good employees, but did not train us to be free to exercise our true purpose, passion, potential and creativity. The majority of the people are lazy educated beings, who act sheepishly on someone else’s ideas. We need to learn to think and make a bigger difference.

In my book of 100 quotes, I wrote that, “Most of your life is trapped in the domain of your thinking. To improve the quality of your life, you must first improve the quality of your thoughts” (Jonah Nyoni in the book Inspiration for Success 2015, 1)

●Change your focus
As I grew up in poor environments, one thing that I learnt is that it did not matter how much I thought or cried about my situation, the bad situation did not change. Instead I attracted like situations. The time I resolved in my mind that my life has to change for the better, my life took an instant U-turn. Problems are inevitable. People will always try to bring you down. To change the outcome of your life, change your focus and think right! Focus on what you want in life.
●Never sit on your laurels
At times the greatest enemy to your success are your past victories and successes. If your victories of old still amaze you today, it might mean you have not achieved something today. Strive for great things.
●Invest in your thoughts
The greatest investment you can make in your life is to add value to your mind. Read a productive book. Listen and view things that will expand your psychiatric dimension. Teach your mind to dream more and bigger. Aim higher! The problem with aiming low is that you will hit but you are left with nothing else to conquer and that’s when your life begins to plateau. It gets so mundane and monotonous and there is less to enjoy from life.
●Shun circumstances that suppress thinking
There are environs and backgrounds that will always suppress your thoughts. Tell you what, at times even your boss feels very threatened about your inventiveness. Do it anywhere! Your history may scream at you that it has never been done. Your peers might sneer and jeer and think you are getting mentally demented. Think big anywhere! Great thinkers such as Thomas Edison and Steve Jobs, were never easily accepted during their times, but their inventions speak for themselves.
●Love challenges
People in general are afraid of change and new things. They would rather stick to their old devils they know than try new things they have never experienced. When challenges come, they will not kill you. They are to test your cognitive abilities. They train you to think in alternatives and possibilities.
●Be a go-getter
In life, good things are deeper than the surface where most people spend most of their lifetime. The most expensive minerals are always hard to get. A greater life seeks for greater sacrifices from you. It does not matter how beautiful you are, a great life always come to people with great imaginations and those who fight for what they want in life.
●Jonah Nyoni is an author, success coach, leadership trainer and public relations consultant. He can be contacted on 0772 581 918 or email:

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