Have you ever seen something that you really wanted and you started making plans for purchasing that item, but you waited around too late to purchase it and let it slip away? I have. And that same scenario can be likened to a time when you might have had an opportunity - something that you really wanted to take part in or do - and you missed that opportunity because you were too pre-occupied with something else, or you allowed it to leave your radar.
What choices are you making? How are you prioritizing your goals and the things you want to achieve or change in your life. As a lesson that I am still learning in life, it is important to make the most of your opportunities.
Why is that? Oh, another will surely come along.
Another one may come along, but that same opportunity might not. And that might scare you a little, but as you might know from experience as well, we don't tend to miss things until they have escaped us - until they have waved and passed us by because we allowed them to pass on by.
And that's what I want to talk about today - making the most of opportunities that come your way and how to do that with actionable steps. You don't want to miss these tips, and if you know someone else who needs to read these, please pass them along because I even find these helpful and capable of being applied in my own life.
Step 1 - Identify what you want to achieve.
Name it. Whatever it is you want to achieve or the opportunity that you want to go after, you need to determine that and write it down, hang it up, mark it on a calendar - I would just make sure that you put it in writing to identify it. It doesn't have to be anything large.
Let's say that you've been invited to co-chair an endeavor for an organization, and it's something that you've been interested in because of the work that the organization does, but you've been afraid to do it because you don't know many of the members, you're afraid that you're going to mess things up, and then the people involved won't like you and you'll feel like a failure.
That doesn't matter. Identify what it is you want to achieve and go after it - don't allow fear to hold you back because who knows what good could be waiting around the corner for you.
Step 2 - Tell somebody.
I've found out that by telling someone whom you trust something that you want to do, and you let them know how important it is to you, they may ask you how it's coming later on - or remind you that hey, are you pursuing that opportunity? Maybe this person can be an accountability partner for you. The main thing is that you trust them enough because you know that they have good interest at heart towards you, and they want to make sure that you succeed. As I've mentioned in another post, words have power - so don't deny an opportunity before trying to accomplish it. Speak positive things and tell someone what you want to pursue.
Step 3 - It's time for piecework - start working towards it.
One step at a time. Trying to bite too much bread off a loaf can choke a person, right? The same can be applied when it comes to pursuing an opportunity or goal. If you take just a little time each day to work towards that goal, you'll be amazed at you've worked to getting towards the finish line when you look back.
Let's say that you've learned of another way to help build your clientele, and there are a number ways that we've mentioned in another post on how you can find out what your clients want. In growing your business, you're hoping that you'll have more booked appointments and lessen the amount of downtime that your business might have during the week. Start small and build your way up.
Step 4 - Stay encouraged.
We all know how that when things seem to start going very well for us and all is working out fine, that opposition comes in and tries to snatch away what we've worked hard to build and grow. And sometimes you won't have people around you when you really need them, and you have to be able to encourage yourself.
I like to read inspirational words in the mornings to help set my mind on a positive track. There are inspirational calendars and workbooks even that you can keep to look back in and refer to when you feel like giving up.
Step 5 - Don't stop looking for ways to improve.
Let's face it, we do get comfortable sometimes with how we're doing things and that's not good. We stop improving because we feel like we're at a steady pace and the road is smooth, but don't stop looking for ways to get better and improve yourself. It's scary stepping out of your comfort-zone, but who knows what you can learn by doing it? Who knows what fear you'll overcome by getting out there? And who knows what sister, daughter, mother, brother, father, friend, or colleague you'll inspire by making that move?
Trust me - I have and am still afraid at times to try certain things or get involved because I don't know how things will go or how people will perceive me. But if you make that effort with good intentions, that's alright if you fail - which brings us to our next step.
Step 6 - Keep fighting even when you fail.
An adrenaline boost can equal feelings of "flight" or "fight". Which you choose do depends on yourself, but when you're faced with failure, don't run from it - learn from it. Get back up, dust yourself off, and keep going because nobody is perfect and we all miss opportunities at some point or another and miss our goals. The person who really gains from failing is the one who learns and changes his or her direction.
Step 7 - Look back over what's been accomplished.
It feels really good to look back and see the progress that's been made. Even better is when someone says that they're really happy with what you've achieve. You can evaluate yourself by asking questions such as: "Did I use the time that I had wisely?" or "What would I do differently if given another chance?". If you train people or are an instructor, you might wonder at the end of your course what your trainees or students might have thought and things that they might recommend for improvement. It's good to consider the steps you've made forward and also look back to see the path you've taken and how you can plot your course ahead.
And those are 7 steps that you can take to help make the most of the opportunities that lie ahead for you. What are some of your goals for 2017 if you're able to see the new year? What do you want to seek? Who do you want to help? What differences are you trying to make in your life?
Let us know in the comments box below because it's encouraging to hear what others are seeking and pursuing to improve not only their lives but others' as well.
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