greatness-is-upon-youWhen life hits you hard your mind begins to soar. You begin to realize that life is not as easy as it seems. Everyone deserves to be great no matter what obstacles. It does not matter how miserable our lives might be there is always another chance. It is helpful to keep our eyes on things we can achieve and work towards them than to keep our focus on things we cannot change such as the past. Eventually, what works for me might not work for you but the intention is always the same. Every action we make is taken as a means to our end. We do things to help us achieve our end goal and we achieve our goals because we want to be happy. Happiness is the most important badge every being wants to wear. In this article, I am going to share with you my experiences from searching the greatness that belongs to me.

Often time we find ourselves in difficult situations because what we thought to be a good of action turns out to be a poor one. We take an action without taking the time to do our homework on it. As result, we regret the action we have taken and the decisions we have made because they no longer serve what we envision. As punishment, we face many difficulties in our lives which involves immense of pain and the loss of opportunities. It is clear that our actions are very important because they determine our recognition. We all make mistakes and poor decisions and for most part they serve as lessons in our lives. But if we knew better, we could do better. Everyone wants to be great in life but we have to accept the fact that there are no elevators to greatness, we must take stairs.

In the past, it has always been hard for me to accept myself. Every time I tried to see any potential in myself my vision was filled with a lot of “eews” of my past. I did not longer envision myself as someone whose greatness was forever activated. I was all fed up with all bad experiences in my life that I let my past draw the guidelines of what I can and cannot accomplish. This is what I call a disease mentality, in other words a “Mind Virus” because it all started in my head and affected how I was living my life. A mind virus is a negative way of thinking of one’s life that is driven by one’s circumstances that have taken into his or her life. As a refugee, I really had a huge one.

When I was two years old my family migrated from the country of Burundi to a Tanzania refugee camp due to a civil war. My dad carried me on his back during the war as we ran away seeking for refuge. I grew up in the refugee camp until I was thirteen years old. Life in the camp was quiet disappointing but I had no choice. I grew up with a lot of anger because I was told that I have the ability to become successful just like anyone in this world. But this good news was nothing to me but an illusion. I was so focused on my past and the poverty that I was living in that I could not picture myself living to my fullest potential. My mind was already affected by the virus in my mind that I was not buying the fact that it was still possible for me to succeed.

When I was thirteen years old my family migrated from Mtabila refugee camp to Tucson Arizona. In Tucson, life seemed to be even more difficult with the inability to speak the English language. My family struggled to make a living and I began to curse everything about my nature. I hated where I came from, my birthplace, and most of all I hated myself. I even hated the fact that I grew up as a church kid and how people used to tell me that my creator had unconditional love for me. I looked at my life and saw nothing positive about it. In addition, I could not even grasp why I was put on this earth for. This is the mind virus that I want everyone to be aware of.

One day I was walking with my siblings from a grocery store in a hot summer of Tucson. We had been walking for about half hour and I was carrying three gallons of milk. As I walked I saw homeless people lying across the busy roads. At this moment, I knew that finding a thousand of reasons why I am not successful would not help change my reality it would only make it worse. I had to come up with a thousand of reasons why I should and must be successful. Having a positive attitude helps. So I began to welcome myself into the world and felt the connection. It is there when I started focusing on things I can do rather than finding reasons why I cannot do them. From that thinking, it was clear to me that I had to break the cycle in order to find the greatness that really belongs to me. I find this saying to ring true; “you’ve got to break a few eggs to make an omelet.” This is exactly what I had to keep in mind.

First, the most important thing to do is to get rid of the negative thinking because it only makes things worse. The second thing is to believe in what you envision. The final step here is to execute the vision. All I mean by executing the vision is to take an action towards what you envision. Action is a huge part of our successes and failures.

Every step we take in our lives takes us closer or away from what we endeavor. When it comes to greatness it is essential that we guard ourselves to keep the focus on our destination. The key point here is to resist every temptation that comes on your way. When you want to find the greatness that truly belongs to you there will be a moment of pain and tears. The good news is that it is only meant to be more difficult for the people who do not deserve it. I know you deserve it because it belongs to you. The world is not always going to give you cream and sugar for your coffee. Sometimes you have to drink it the way it is given to you because once you get used to it you will prefer to drink it without any cream. Once one reaches this stage the sky is only the limit.

As you search for your activated greatness within you, there will be people who will try to discourage you. I have had so many people in my life who told me that I cannot achieve my dreams because I was born in a wrong side of the family and grew up in the poor environment. Whatever is said to me does not hurt me as much as it motivates me. My job is to prove them wrong because I know that I am built for greatness, and man did not create it. Greatness belongs to you; do not ever let anyone tell you any different. Keep in mind that it is not about what people might judge you to be that define who you are; it is about what you are capable of becoming that makes you who you were created to be.

Born in the small African country, Burundi, Wilson Kubwayo is now an inspirational speaker and talks to diverse audiences about his theme, “Climbing the Walls of Greatness: How to live life to your fullest potential.”