I recently had a great opportunity come my way and it was so shiny, I just had to say yes. Yes, because what are the odds? All the stars have aligned and I’ve got to take it, it may never come my way again.
I think this is how we mostly see opportunities and probably because opportunities are reinforced as something definitively negative or positive. If missed, it may be our biggest regret and if served could potentially be our “only chance” for success. The only opportunity to “make it”!
A line from the book Chasing Slow by Erin Loechner, caused me to reflect on my decision to seize my current opportunity and I have to say: I was not pleased with myself. In the book Erin mentions that “sometimes God gives us a blessing and we turn into a curse” and honestly I see some truth in that statement.
At the start of the year, I made a deal with myself to slow down, to live more intentionally and present. Yet every time I take steps to reduce “my busyness ” I cease another must utilise, can’t pass up, super amazing opportunity. Which I then become consumed and stressed by. Impacting by ability to maintain the commitments and relationships that truly matter.
If you chase after the right things and follow the path meant for you, you need not worry about missed opportunities. They have already been created for you, not you for them.csfoune 2022
Here’s what I think:
- Opportunities can be powerful. They can transform our lives for the greater good or not so greater good.
- Opportunities need to be weighed up as not all opportunities are truly opportunities and it’s important to consider timing, persons involved and the cost (not just the financial)
- Regularly reflect on the opportunity you’ve decided to take up. Don’t just keep blindly following it. Everything has an expiration date
- lastly; be able to recognise when it’s no longer an opportunity.
Here is another point to consider: people often say you only get an opportunity once. And that may be true. That opportunity to get into business with the philanthropist who has got in touch, as a friend of a friend told them about you, may never happen again. But does that mean other opportunities will not come? and your business, your ideas will not be a success?
If I had passed up my recent opportunity, to focus on my true priorities, would that be the end. I’d like to think not. As a person of faith, I believe God makes room for his children and there are opportunities around us every day, they just look different and they are not always big and shiny.
So moving forward, I’m going to take my own advice here and I hope it inspires you to do the same. Next time a shiny opportunity comes your way, look past the glow and instead consider if that blessing will become a curse or is it truly the opportunity for you at the right time, with the right people, creating the right ripple effect?
stay focused x