The game of life is a lot like football. You have to tackle your problems, block your fears, and score your points when you get the opportunity.Lewis Grizzard
Did you ever get an opportunity to do something you’ve always dreamed of, then second-guess yourself and let doubt kick in? Instead of seizing the moment, you find yourself wondering if you should really do it?
Beware – opportunities can disappear from your vicinity in the blink of an eye. Take every opportunity as if your life depends on it. There are always opportunities out there in the universe, and when they do come knocking, PLEASE open the door.
Don’t be defined by regret
One of the biggest regrets so many people have in life is not taking advantage of an opportunity which may never come back. So it’s always important to take every opportunity you get, and try your best to accomplish it.
I’ve learned this life lesson the hard way. I’ve let egoism, pride and even an over-inflated sense of satisfaction persuade me not to take the opportunities that kept coming my way and now I regret it fully.
On reflection, this was a dark time – but it’s when one of the biggest lessons was taught to me from the game of life – Never miss an opportunity!
Make time for opportunity
Today, I make a conscious effort to seize every opportunity that presents itself, whether I have enough time or not. If there isn’t time, I have to find the time because once you’ve made a commitment, you are driven to make it happen.
Bear on mind, however, that opportunity means execution and being prepared. Denzel Washington says it best-
“I say luck is when an opportunity comes along and you’re prepared for it.”
There are a couple of things to remember when trying to position yourself to seize opportunities, be sure the opportunity is yours and ensure that you are fully prepared to succeed.
Know the road you will be travelling on. Keep planning your life and have a clear vision. That way you will be open to the exciting possibilities in your field of interest. The road you travel on to success might change, but this is when backup plans will help you. Always keep a Plan A, Plan B and even a Plan C ready in case of changes.
Learn from reading books, listening to experts, browsing the internet and watching countless videos. The more you learn about that which interests you, the more opportunity is likely to present itself – with the added value of being opened up to solely you.
Imagine talking to an expert over and over again about the particular life goals you have. This expert might think of you as a person who has sufficient knowledge and experience and thus give a project to you. So keep learning, and grow your mind everyday!
Be open to new horizons
To quote Napoleon,
“Until you spread your wings, you’ll have no idea how far you can fly.”
Just because you are comfortable within your local community, this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be open to exploring opportunities from other cities, regions and even countries.
“A life lived every day doing only what needs to be done may seem convenient but your heart and soul don’t live for convenience they live for exploration, imagination and the pursuit of dreams. Do what must be done but also do what your heart and soul want done.Avina Celeste
It’s never about being in the right place at the right time, because there are plenty of opportunities available everywhere. You just have to change your strategy, have control and pay attention in life and you will be flooded with plenty of opportunities.
Take every opportunity, work hard and execute well and you will be the success story you always wanted to be.