What to do with new opportunities?

I was presented with a opportunity today and of course it has been on my mind all morning.  As I was getting situated at work for the day I came across the quote below from Richard Branson

Richard Branson

 

The lesson for me from this quote…Life is going to give you opportunities, and they have the potential to push and stretch you beyond what you feel you are capable of.  But, if you never take these opportunities…you will never know what you are truly capable of.

What opportunities have you been offered lately?  What would happen if you said YES to them?  

It it going to be a great week…full of opportunities 🙂

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4 lessons I have learned about opportunities

This has been another inspiring week of learning for me.  I appreciate all of the thoughts that others have shared on this topic as well.

Here are the 4 main things that have stuck out for me as I have studied the principle of Life offers neither problems nor challenges, only opportunities

  1. We must look for the opportunity in every difficulty instead of being paralyzed at the thought of the difficulty in every opportunity
  2. Opportunities do require attention and work…and are sometimes hard.  It has been my experience however, that these “hard” opportunities provide the greatest lessons and rewards. 
  3. We must pay attention to the opportunity in EVERY situation.  
  4. We can truly create opportunities out of each and every situation we are presented with. By doing this problems and challenges truly leave us and we create a world of limitless opportunities.

I have also studied examples of people taking an assumed or perceived challenge and turning it into an opportunity.  This video is a great example of making an opportunity out of life.

How has this principle assisted you in your life?  

Are opportunities sometimes difficult to recognize?

“Opportunity is often difficult to recognize; we usually expect it to beckon us with beepers and billboards.” – William Arthur Ward

This quote is so true.  We often miss opportunities because we are expecting a big notification to say “THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY TAKE ADVANTAGE OF IT”.  

Our goal is to pay attention to the opportunity in EVERY situation.  

Focusing on difficulties is paralyzing…how do we change this?

“We must look for the opportunity in every difficulty instead of being paralyzed at the thought of the difficulty in every opportunity.” – Walter E. Cole

How often to we see a difficult situation, or a difficult conversation, or a difficult relationship, and do NOTHING because we are so focused on the challenge of this situation?   

What would happen if we truly put this thought into practice and focused on finding the opportunity in these perceived  “difficulties”? 

After all, Life offers neither problems nor challenges, only opportunities

Why do we miss opportunities?

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work” – Thomas Edison

What a true statement.  How often do we look for the big break, the perfect job offer, or the perfect client, and miss the opportunity that is staring us in the face because it seems like too much work.  

Opportunities do require attention and work…and are sometimes hard.  It has been my experience however, that these “hard” opportunities provide the greatest lessons and rewards. 

After all…”The hard is what makes it great”

Is life really full of opportunities?

The focus of this weeks thoughts for the day are going to be centered around the following principle

Life offers neither problems nor challenges, only opportunities

What would your life look and feel like if you really lived this principle?

I am looking forward to studying this principle and seeing how I can better apply it to my life.  I am also looking forward to hearing others thoughts and feelings on this subject.