I have brought myself, by long meditation, to the conviction that a human being with a settled purpose must accomplish it, and that nothing can resist a will which will stake even existence upon its fulfilment. – Benjamin Disraeli
I have learned from life and highly successful people that responsibility is never given but taken. This simply means that you will never reach your highest potential and high levels of success as long as you do whatever you are doing because you are externally obligated to do it. High level of success is accompanied by high level of conviction and mastery. It is the will (inner drive) that drives you even in the face of death to accomplish whatever you’ve set out to accomplish.
Think of the Mandela’s, King’s, Gandhi’s and many others, they died for what they believed in. Until you come to a point where you take that full responsibility over something and say: ‘This is my stuff,’ nothing much will happen in your life. You’ll always feel like a victim who’s being pushed around just to satisfy his/her masters. It’s only when you see yourself as your own master that life happens. When you take full responsibility over something, you don’t have time to wait for a perfect day, skill or even perfect timing. When you own your stuff, you develop a sense of urgency and do whatever it takes to get what you want. You become so focused on what you do and develop deep skills that will catapult you to the top level. Most people, unfortunately are too shallow because they want to do many different things, but if you’ve chosen your stuff, you have no choice but to be deep. In my own life, I chose speaking, coaching and writing and these are the things that I unapologetically do on a daily basis. You always hear people saying, ‘One day when I get such and such a thing or position, you’ll see how powerful I am!’. We need to understand that a position doesn’t make a person but a person makes a position, that’s the undisputed truth.
Take your time, starting today, and really write down all the possible things that you can dedicate your entire life doing and develop deep skills and the world will definitely reward you.
Veli Ndaba is an Insightful Speaker, Life-Coach and Neuro- Linguistic Programming Practitioner, Author of three books (You Are Born to Win, Your Dream is Calling You and SWITCH ON!), Newspaper Columnist and Entrepreneur. To book him to help you and your team unleash your greatness, contact him on email@example.com, www.velindaba.com and 083 304 9773. Please also follow Veli on social media: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.