Motivational Moments: Your greatness is right where you are

By Penny Jones-Richardson

What happens when you decide to complete your life’s journey in the very place that you thought you would leave forever?

What happens if you find yourself doing some of the things you said you never wanted to do – like staying still and waiting on the right moment to come to make a move? This may be hard for some, but the truth is no matter where you are on your journey to your greatness you still have the capacity to complete what you started no matter where you are.

When you decide that nothing or no one will ever stand in the way of you achieving the goals you set for yourself, it doesn’t really matter where you live. If you are concentrating on achieving those goals you must stay focused at every stage of life. Your surroundings don’t determine if you will complete your goals, your surroundings determine if you will stay motivated and away from distractions.

I met a man recently who shared with me that his journey lead him all around the world and then right back to the place of his birth. He once vowed that he would never live there again and couldn’t understand why God had allowed his life to return to the very place he claimed he hated. He stated that he struggled with his life but then finally it all came to him. He needed to return to complete what he started there. He never really finished some things in his hometown and even though he hated to admit it, he always felt that there was something he needed to do in order to feel whole. His answer to himself was to just appreciate his journey and say “Thank you.”

Believe it or not your greatness is right where you are. Your greatness is within you, and you need to be able to understand that. There are so many people running away trying to “find themselves” that they never really take the time to know what they really want. When you decide that you want to change your life and do the things to achieve your goals, remember that you may have to stay right where you are and wait. You can work on any goal if you believe you have what it takes to complete it. Appreciate the journey for what it is and say, “thank you.”

And as always, stay focused, stay determined, and keep striving for greatness.

Penny Jones-Richardson is a published author and life coach. She can be reached via her website at or email at

August 25, 2016
The Journal For Community News, Business and The Arts serving the African American community in Minneapolis-St.Paul. Available on news stands and online at

1815 Bryant Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55411
(612) 588-1313


Download our Media Kit (PDF file, requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)

Newspaper Deadlines
-Classified: Ad inquiries due one week prior to run date Wednesday
-Display: Space reservation due one week prior to run date and material due Wednesday the week prior to run date.
-Insight News print edition is published weekly on Mondays

For more information call: 612.588.1313