Last week I talked about the importance of gratitude in relation to opportunities… this week I’m taking that concept one step further to acknowledge our innate power to create opportunity.
See I believe we get shown opportunities on a daily basis. Sometimes they come up and smack us in the face, making it impossible not to notice them.
Other days the sneak up on us, and hide in the shadows that we really have to be paying attention to make the most of them.
It’s the latter that I want to talk about today. I’m sure you all know what I’m talking about, missed options, the what if’s in life, those moments where a week later we are kicking ourselves for not pursuing something. Sometimes it’s asking questions, saying yes or no, talking with someone. Sometimes it’s not taking the opportunity to rest and recharge, or it’s not taking the opportunity to leave the house and get things physically moving.
The way I see it, we have been conditioned to look for big opportunities, keeping an eye out and working for big leaps of faith, large gestures of possibilities, things which require huge investment either monetary or otherwise. We are looking for the next big thing, instead of looking at the real thing in front of us. Those small moments where the reward appears small, but the ripples can be expansive.
These little opportunities are around us daily, and it is these little gems that we can create everyday so long as we acknowledge and show gratitude for them.
Let me give you an example:
1. You wake just before your alarm in the morning – a potential opportunity to fit in some gentle meditation before starting your day.
2. Your feeling much more together when you leave for work – a ripple from a bit of meditation – allowing you to feel positive as you head into the office.
3. You head into the office feeling at ease and confident – allowing you to get an excellent start to your day.
4. A meeting is cancelled – an opportunity to look at something different.
5. An idea sparks – ripple – creating motivation.
6. You connect with others about your idea – sharing enthusiasm and feeling supported.
7. You finish work in a great mood, carrying on the ripple effect from a bit of meditation in the morning… all due to waking up before your alarm…
Now wouldn’t it be great if that is how all your days went. I’m nothing if not honest and I know that’s not how it goes.
But running through an activity like that, taking time to look at all the possible ways one opportunity can ripple out is an amazingly powerful reminder that it is up to us to make the most of it. Regardless of how large or small an opportunity is, we have the innate power to harness it and ripple it out.
The question is, are you willing to acknowledge that power?