Build greatness with patience

Hunt For Greatness Milton Kamwendo WE live in a fast-food, quick-service and just-open-the-app-and-click age. Immediate gratification is demanded and expected. For many, greatness is already too late; it must come now. Regrettably for such people, most enduring achievements are built with patience and clear perspective. Great things take time and require a diligent and patient […]

Build greatness with patience

Hunt For Greatness

Milton Kamwendo

WE live in a fast-food, quick-service and just-open-the-app-and-click age.

Immediate gratification is demanded and expected. For many, greatness is already too late; it must come now.

Regrettably for such people, most enduring achievements are built with patience and clear perspective.

Great things take time and require a diligent and patient process.

Virtue of patience

Patience is an active and powerful trait. It involves enduring difficult situations and overcoming obstacles.

It is marked by persistence in the face of adversity. Patience requires strength and resilience. It calls for personal motivation and focus. The journey is just as important as the destination.

Building anything of value demands patient endurance. True growth and lasting success are not instantaneous. They are gradual building processes and not mere events or luck.

Consider the process of building a house. It starts with a solid foundation. This is followed by the careful construction of walls., then the erection of a roof and numerous finishing touches.

Each step requires time, effort and attention to detail. Rushing through any part of the process can result in undesirable consequences.

Patience ensures that you are building on a solid foundation, layer by layer and brick upon brick.

Bigger picture

Patience allows you to endure the process. Perspective helps you see the bigger picture. It is about understanding the current situation within the context of the broader journey.

The challenges and setbacks you face today are stepping stones to your greatness.

Perspective provides clarity. It helps you prioritise and stay focused on the journey.

Greatness takes time. It is a long-term undertaking. Greatness is a marathon and not a sprint.

It is building a skyscraper and not a shack. With a clear perspective, you can navigate through all types of weather.

Pilots do not just fly on sunny days.

Maintaining perspective allows you to see challenges and turbulence for what they are.

Meaningful achievements require time.

Patience is required. Period!

There are no shortcuts to greatness. Time is always an ingredient and a factor.

Rome, or any other city for that matter, was not built in a day. Building anything worthy takes time. This is true for both tangible and intangible achievements. Mastery demands years of practice, dedication and learning from both success and failures. Relationships thrive on the time invested in understanding, communicating and growing together.

Time allows for the natural progression of growth and development. It provides the space for reflection, learning and improvement.

When you rush, you miss out on some valuable lessons. Stop blindly competing and start building strategically.

Embrace the time that it requires to achieve set goals. Do not be in a mindless hurry.

Develop the necessary skills, knowledge and resilience needed for long-term greatness.

The process

The process of achieving significant goals is challenging. Obstacles are a given. Delays are territorial features. Building is a growth process. It is not what you build that matters most, but what gets built in you as you construct. Working through the building process is a growth pathway.

The struggling and crawling caterpillar will one day be a beautiful butterfly, if it bides the process. Every challenge you encounter is an opportunity to learn and improve. Approach challenges with a growth and development mindset.

Transform delays into refining moments.

Turn obstacles into stepping stones.

Greatness requires you to be mentally strong. The right mindset shifts your focus from immediate results to long-term progress. Appreciate the incremental achievements along the way. Process teaches you discipline, perseverance and adaptability. These are essential for one to achieve goals and navigate through the journey ahead. Work through the process.

Build a strong foundation of skills and experiences.

Examples of patience

Consider the patient journeys of renowned athletes like Haile Gebrselassie, Michael Jordan, Kirsty Coventry, Serena Williams or the late Zimbabwean heavyweight boxer Proud “Kilimanjaro” Chinembiri.

Their successes were a result of talent and an investment in years of relentless practice, discipline and perseverance.

They faced setbacks and failures, but this did not deter them. They used these setbacks as opportunities to learn and grow.

Their achievements are a testament to the power of patience, perspective and working through the process.

Business leaders like Steve Jobs, Aliko Dangote, Elon Musk, Strive Masiyiwa or Shingai Mutasa are often celebrated for their visionary ideas. Their success stories include failures, rejections and years of hard work and knocking on doors.

They understood that building something extraordinary requires time and an unwavering commitment to the process.

Building with patience and looking with perspective are essential life skills.

Meaningful achievements are earned through time, effort and perseverance.

Embrace the process and understand the time that it requires to build greatness.

Cultivate the resilience and wisdom needed to navigate through challenges and reach for greatness. Keep reminding yourself of the power of patience and perspective.

Trust the process and allow for the necessary time for your vision to come to fruition.

You are destined for greatness.

  Milton Kamwendo is a leading international transformational and motivational speaker, an author and an accomplished workshop facilitator. He is a cutting-edge strategy, team-building and organisation development facilitator and consultant. He can be reached at: mkamwendo@gmail.com

 

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