Opportunity comes in many shapes and sizes. It looks different for every person; and it sometimes fits, sometimes doesn’t. When you see opportunity coming, you get ready to take it, by shaping yourself up for success.
Because opportunity is either far away, or comes by so suddenly, you don’t get a chance to see all the details before you have to act. Grab onto the top elements of the opportunity (such as “new job”, or “attend a big event”).
What is the ONE reason why you should? Why you shouldn’t? What is the ONE biggest risk of taking the opportunity? Of turning it down? Don’t over-think it with “yeah but.” One answer each.
With what little you have to go on, decide whether it’s worth getting ready for. If it isn’t, move on without regret. If it is, then get going.
This can be the tricky one because it requires you to be completely honest with yourself. Good, bad and indifferent. It is better to be more confident than not, but either direction from complete honesty will lessen your chances for success.
As the opportunity gets closer, you can make further adjustments, but compare the opportunity to how you shape up. Do you need to add (education) or delete (restraint) or just accentuate a few things here and there? Remember, if you’re a square, you just have to turn a little edgy to be ready for a diamond opportunity. Diamond in the rough
Once you get to the opportunity, you have to keep going. Now is the time for you to really move, to really shine; to prove yourself.
Opportunity is just the doorway. The real journey lies beyond.