Bruce Lee said: "To hell with circumstances; I create opportunities." One man's problem is another man's opportunity, so let us create opportunities and not problems.
The truth of the matter is that opportunity is something that one has to create and possibly capture it to put it to right use. Opportunity is not something that is tangible and is 'out there' such that you need to find it. What we need to do is to learn how to carve out our own opportunities out of the station in life that we are in.
The whole fabric of human existence is based on a simple concept of correction. That is to say when something does not go the way you want then you must start taking steps to correct it. Thus if opportunity does not knock on our door, then perhaps we might just have to knock on opportunity's door.
Life is indeed a great mystery. So rather than worry about what's going to happen when we are struck by an uncertain chain of events, let’s be optimistic and create a sense of enthusiasm and energy to face the uncertainties and seek out new opportunities. And always remember whenever you experience new things or the world around is changing, there will always be lots of opportunities. One just needs to grab the right ones for him or her.
Too many people wait for opportunities to come to them. Don't. Don’t wait for the opportunities to come to you. Create the opportunity for yourself. Let me quote here a famous quote from Napoleon Hill "Every adversity comes with it a seed of equal or greater benefit." From the adversity of life there will come many benefits and opportunities. Take advantage of every one of them. When we grow our self, we grow you opportunities. Sometimes when we're accomplishing goals we get stuck. What we do. How do we find those other options, these other options are the main difference between accomplishing goals and failing.
It’s when you lose your road-map to the future that you have an opportunity to define a new path. Opportunities can come in a variety of forms, from defeat, to a simple idea, to someone suggesting something that might work. Be open! When an opportunity presents itself, do this: Step up and take it, select what you want, create your plan, put the plan into action and follow through with plenty of persistence, never taking your eye off your burning desire.
Tips to identifying and seizing opportunities:
Convert defeats or failures to success: In a failure, you can find something good and you might find the best opportunity of all. Seize it!
Exploit Change: Change always needs a leader and those that raise the issue and make the justified case for change often become the leaders for the change process. Opportunities lie in change and when you can foster and lead the process you raise your visibility. When you are successful; you raise your value.
Imagination: We can create anything we can imagine. Spend time imagining what we want and the many ways that we can create it. Use your burning desire to fuel your imagination.
Think of others: What's useful to others? What product or services would make other people's lives easier? There are so many opportunities to help others. Seize it! Be committed to serve others through your work. Regardless of what you do and your current life situation, find some way of serving others. I believe that ultimately, we all want to serve others and we want to give something back – but as we go through life, this noble desire gets lost in our day to day challenges. Your passion for your line of work will be ignited when you can connect with this deep, deep desire within you to serve and contribute
Look for it:- opportunities are all around us! Be open to the simple fact that opportunities come in all forms. A thought might come into your head or someone says something or you see something. You can find an opportunity anywhere and at anytime. Seize it!
Be part of a mastermind group: You will get many ideas for opportunities from the mastermind group. Just think, where would we be if we didn't have friends or mentors? Meet with them regularly and you will find more opportunities than you could ever imagine. Pick one, and act on it. Write the others down, in case your plan doesn't work, and use it then.
"Do not wait; the time will never be 'just right.' Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along." - Napoleon Hill.
Cultivate a childlike zeal for learning new things: Develop a childlike curiosity about the world and how things work. Do more of the things that you enjoy and bring out the child in you.
Create a great team around you: Look around for like-minded people with whom you can create something greater – people you gel with and with whom you can create synergistic relationships.
Recharge your batteries: Spend time with loved ones – have ample time with the people in your life who matter. Also spend time in nature – this could be a walk in your local park, on the beach or even in your own garden.
The single most important factor is to consistently INSPIRE yourself. Inspiration doesn’t just happen, you have to go out there and find ways to ignite your passion. Passion is important but it is worthless without discipline. There is nothing sadder than someone who is talented and even passionate about something but has no structure behind it. Follow your passion and bolster it with discipline. And opportunities shall follow you.