Written by Karen Bivand
Are you thrilled about a fresh new start in 2017, or are you stuck in a rut? Do you feel like ‘the sky’s the limit’, or do you feel like you haven’t quite reached your potential? Perhaps you haven’t been in the right place at the right time. Will you be ready to move on to bigger and better things when the opportunity presents itself? Success isn’t just about being lucky. It is often said that the average overnight success takes about twenty years of preparation.
Here are some tips that will you help you be ready when opportunity knocks:
Keep Your Eyes Open.
Opportunity is all around you, the key is to be able to recognize it. Make an effort to pay attention and be curious about anything that catches your eye. Ask questions and see if it is worth pursuing. If you’re in a hurry, make a note and follow up on it later. People often notice opportunities and then hurry by and forget about them.
If something looks easy, everybody wants to do it. For that reason, the truly great opportunities are often hidden behind inconveniences. For example, there may be awkward hours, difficult tasks, or a long commute required. However, if you are willing to look past the small difficulties, you may be able to access opportunities that would not otherwise be available to you.
Take a Risk.
Often the only way that you can achieve something great is by taking a calculated risk. If you truly believe in something, you have to put it all on the line. Of course you’ll be smart about it, but nobody ever got rich playing it safe all of the time. If you don’t get yourself off the ground, you’ll only be able to reach the low hanging fruit.
If you are attempting to push past your boundaries, you are going to fail sometimes. It’s not easy, but you have to be willing to pick yourself up and try again. Many people give up after their first failure but if you persist, you may be surprised by what you can accomplish.
When everything appears the bleakest is when you can be guaranteed that opportunities are around. Unfortunately, most people are too focused on their problems to see them. Those who are able to remain optimistic under the most difficult circumstances are in the best position to overcome them.
It has been said that opportunity comes in a flash and is gone in a heartbeat. If you’re not ready to answer the door when opportunity knocks, you may not get the chance again. By preparing yourself now, you can confidently throw open that door and see what the world has to offer.
Written by: Karen Bivand, image courtesy of shutterstock.com