Mar 22 ♥ How to Make Room for Opportunity

So many people believe that luck or opportunity only come to certain people because they were in the right place at the right time.

I believe that’s bunk.

What I know is that opportunity comes from paying attention to everything around me, no matter how far-removed the subject is from my areas of interest or expertise. I am open to new ideas, even half-baked ones because an opportunity may lurk there. I also look for problems or challenges I, myself, or others are having, knowing that an opportunity for a solution may be hiding in the shadows.

The key point here is that I make myself ready for potential opportunity to show itself by being very curious about the world. Opportunities are all around me. I look at how to improve things or how I can build on someone else’s idea. I ask myself how I could turn a challenge into a positive. I network with a diverse group of people. I offer to help others, emphasizing my unique skills, which may turn into a springboard of opportunity.

Sure, some possibilities and ideas fall into my lap. And I’m grateful for those circumstances. But more often than not, I make myself ready for opportunity!

When I find something interesting, I ask some preliminary questions:

Is this something I want to tackle?

Why do I want to spend my limited energy here?

Do I have the time and other resources to take advantage of it?

Once I’m clear on my intentions and goal, then I can move forward developing my opportunity.

And btw, an opportunity does not have to be earth shattering. So take that stressor off the table. According to Merriam-Webster, opportunity means only that there is a favorable combination of circumstances, time and place. What you do with that is up to you.

 

Now It’s Your Turn

What can you do to make yourself more aware of potential opportunities? When an opportunity shows up, how do you recognize it? What’s your process for deciding if you’ll take the opportunity?

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