I have told you, my readers, many times that one of the main reasons I write is because it holds me accountable. Writing provides me an outlet to flesh out my own thoughts and ideas, which in turn makes me think through the subject that I am faced with at that time. And, it is just away to hold myself accountable to the words and actions I am suggesting to you.
Today is one of those days for me. The last two weeks I have had some amazing opportunities present themselves. These opportunities weren’t by chance or by luck, they were presented to me because of hard work and dedication. Yep, you have to put in the work now to reap the benefits later. I don’t know any farmers personally, but I do know if they don’t plant corn in the spring, they wont have any corn to harvest in the fall. There are very few benefits or things in life that you can get on the front end and pay for them on the back-end. Corn would definitely fall into this category. You must plant to harvest. Corn doesn’t just pop up out of the ground automatically. We all must pay the price of planting to reap the benefits of a harvest. These opportunities exist because of a lot of planting I have done for many years.
What is weird about the opportunities that have been presented is that they have existed the whole time. I am not sure if I didn’t see them or if I didn’t want to see them. But now I see them very clearly. I have always been a seeker of opportunities, it is an innate thing inside of me. However, the most recent opportunities are not new, but they are just more clear than ever before.
Question: Why are the opportunities clear today, but weren’t as clear yesterday or before?
Answer: I don’t really have a clear answer, but I have some thoughts.
I would say first that my mindset has changed. Mindset can change due to many reasons, but they are usually situational and at the moment due to what is happening around us. I have a friend who had a heart attack. They knew their bad habits were bad habits, but I guess they didn’t think it would kill them. Now they are the poster child for health. Their mindset has changed.
Secondly, I have become more educated. Many of these opportunities have existed for several years, but I wasn’t educated or thought I was educated enough to pursue the opportunities.
The last one is a big one unfortunately. FEAR. Yep, I said it, FEAR. Fear of the unknown, fear of the what if. Yep, fear could be preventing you and me from wanting to see the opportunity that is right in front of us.
One of the things I have learned through my growth and development is this. “You can’t steal second base with one foot on first base.” When a baseball player wants to steal a base they must commit to it. Sure the timing has to be right as well, but they must commit. If they don’t commit they will stay on first base. If you want to be in a better scoring position, second base is where you want to be. That is where the possibility of scoring runs becomes higher.
Look around you, beside you, and behind you, what opportunities are there that you aren’t taking advantage of? The opportunity could be your future husband or wife. It could be your future business partner. It could be the next big idea that will allow you to create a business that changes your life. It could be something at your church or volunteer organization that could lay the foundation for your next career move. There are all kinds of opportunities and many of them are within our reach and mostly likely right in front of you jumping up and down.
To your success and your future.