Life is filled with many opportunities that are yours for the taking. Sometimes these opportunities can show up overtly while at other times they can be hidden. And there may be times when situations seem to fall in our lap.
But there are really no hidden opportunities.
We actually manifest these by our thoughts or wishes (desire, hope, goal); we would like for something to occur in our present self and then create it in our mind. Situations present themselves leading us to make a decision on whether we will take the challenge or not
But if you have a desire and the opportunity to achieve it, why is that you don’t take advantage of them? Why do these desires that seem hard to get become ignored? You may justify that it’s not the ‘right time’ or you don’t have ‘the money. There may be a ‘little voice” that says ‘you might not get the desired results anyway’ or that ‘you aren’t deserving’ of what you truly want. So you might put it off, procrastinate on or stop working to attain the thing you truly want inside.
If this sounds like you, then it is time to face your fears and take advantage of any and all opportunities in front of you. It is time to begin to look at the end result and begin to take the steps toward reaching it. By not going after your desires, you are doing a disservice to yourself, and possibly to others, which will only reinforce that you can’t get – or don’t deserve them.
Here are five ways to help you to open your eyes and to begin taking advantage when opportunities occur so you can achieve your dreams and begin living the life you want:
Take time to look back on any opportunities that you did not go after and what led you to making that decision: was it a fear (failure, not being good enough, etc.), was it a money or other resource issue, did you not feel supported by others, or was it from lack of knowledge. By exploring these ‘missed’ opportunities you can begin to see patterns in your behavior that you can work on.
Once you know why you did not follow through, you can now begin to challenge your thoughts; we cannot know any outcome until it occurs, meaning that you can amend your behaviors and can steer them into a positive outcome.
Commit to paying attention to what occurs in your daily life for situations that you can take advantage of; being more aware will help you to slow down and decide if it is the right time or right decision for you to make; identify what resources or support that might help you to take action.
4) Be Bold
Identify those items you truly want; make them tangible so you can either see them or feel them; for example, if you want a new car, buy a toy model of one, take a picture of it that you keep on your desk, or take one for a test drive.
5) Be Fearless
Take action on what you desire without giving your fear about it a thought. Not giving into our fears will keep you moving forward and, as the saying goes, “Feel the fear and do it anyway.”
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Dr. Barbara Seifert, CPC is the President of Committed to Your Success Coaching & Consulting in Orlando, Florida. She works with small business owners & solopreneurs who want to achieve measurable and life-long improvements in their performance so they can make more money, have greater satisfaction and achieve personal and professional success. She also coaches in organizations to enhance employee engagement and for leadership development. Dr. Seifert is an adjunct professor, a certified coach, a certified Neuro-Linguistic Programming practitioner and a Certified Law of Attraction coach. You can learn more by visiting www.cyscoaching.com and Your Career Success Blog at www.allaboutcareerssite.wordpress.com.