I find myself looking for it. But, really, what the heck is it that I am looking for anyway? It if were right in front of me, would I see it?
At work, frequently I hear my colleagues talk about opportunity. They are usually talking about a project or a job or a promotion. Just how do you find those kinds of opportunities anyway? Sure, you can look for them on job posting boards. And, you might see one that you like. However, it seems to me that in order for the opportunity to become yours depends on seizing a lot of opportunities prior to reaching that point – opportunities that show up every single day…the opportunity to connect with the person you sit next to or talk to on the phone, the opportunity to collaborate with your team and really be curious about the solution, the opportunity to engage in the task that needs to be done right now, the opportunity to ask for help when you don’t have an answer, the opportunity to be vulnerable and share what you are really thinking or feeling, the opportunity to bring your unique talents to the table and contribute, the opportunity to choose love or grace or joy…
I believe opportunities are everywhere. They are available every day, in every moment. They just might not be packaged in the way we expect.
- How do I define opportunity?
- How might I expand my definition of opportunity?
- What kinds of opportunities do I want to embrace?
- Where do I see opportunities in my work and life?
- What if I believed opportunities were everywhere?
- What can I do to see more opportunities in my life?
- What enables me to see opportunities?
- How can I open to opportunities?
- What can I do to support taking action when I see opportunity?
- How do I grow from the opportunities that I seize?
- Pick a day, and for that entire day, or the morning, or the afternoon, or for one hour – whatever works for you – try to see as many opportunities as you can.
- Open your mind, look for the smallest things that you can call opportunities. An opportunity might be to have a second cup of coffee. It might be to say no to that meeting you don’t think you need to attend. It might be to ask your colleague how she’s doing. It might be to take the dog for a walk to clear your head. It might be to hug your child just because you can.
- Write down the opportunities you identified. Look at them. Consider all of the opportunities you identified. Explore what they mean to you.
- Ask yourself if there is anything you can do to appreciate the opportunities that show up in your life every day. Make a commitment to yourself to take the action.
For me, the secret to seeing opportunities, in all their different forms, is slowing down. When I slow down, I feel more alive, I engage more, and I actually get more done and feel good about it.
By Vicki L. Flaherty
I see with clarity.
I hear what people are saying.
I feel the energy around me.
I speak in the direction of truth.
I find power within me.
I breathe into the world.
And, I awaken
Quotes to Contemplate
- If your eyes and ears are open, you will see the windows of opportunity around you. ~Cherie Carter-Scott
- Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more. ~Tony Robbins
- Change brings opportunity. ~Nido Qubein
- A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. ~Winston Churchill
- We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations. ~Charles R. Swindoll
- Life’s up and downs provide windows of opportunity to determine your values and goals – Think of using all obstacles as stepping stones to build the life you want. ~Marsh Sinetar
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© copyright Vicki L. Flaherty, Leading With Intention, 2013