The word ‘opportunity,’ according to the dictionary, means: a set of circumstances that make it possible to do something. Opportunities are present in every area of our lives, we just have to look. The problem that I have is establishing what is possible. I want to do so many things in my life, and in this world, but what is possible?
I think that when looking at opportunity it is easy to get sidetracked by the ideal that ‘opportunity knocks.’ We can easily be tricked into thinking that opportunities will just present themselves everywhere. The thing about opportunity is that we have to actually find it, and in some cases, create it. Nothing really comes from nothing, so the ideal that opportunity will appear out of thin air is something that creates a true false sense of hope and security.
Now to get down to the serious stuff…. Just because it creates that false sense of hope and security, that doesn’t mean that you can’t create your own opportunities. That also doesn’t mean you can’t create your own hope and security. We have to realize that we are the writers of our own stories. We are the ones who are in charge of the full journey of our lives. Yes, there are things that will happen along the way that we had no hand in, no say over, and no way to change. Some of those things are horrible, some are amazing, and all out of our hands. However, the kicker to all that is that our reaction is what tells our stories. Our response to those things is what determines our steps.
Make your own opportunity
You will notice that I have a thing for ‘starting small,’ and this is no exception. Every opportunity doesn’t have to be some huge game changer. I don’t know where I heard it first, but I was told many years ago this quote:
Every step forward is a step in the right direction, regardless of how small.
To me, every step is an opportunity, and that means that even opportunities can be small. Much like you need to give a purpose to small moments, this is the same concept. For every thing you want to conquer, every adventure you want to take… Each step towards those things would be an opportunity. Do you remember those “Choose Your Own Adventure” books? Life is really just an enormous scale version of that. Every turn you are choosing between the options listed. Should we go left into the cavern to see where it leads? Do we continue forward to see where this path through the woods leads to? Maybe we go to the right and check out what is behind the waterfall?
Every day is like a new page in your own “Choose Your Own Adventure” book. The decisions you make that alter your adventure can be as minute as taking a new route. If it’s a route you’ve not taken before, there are risks of detours that you’re not aware of or it might take longer than you’re used to. On the flip side, that same route might lead you past an interesting business, or area, that you didn’t know was there. You might learn something new about the area you live in, or at least the area you work in. That new knowledge might lead to so many different opportunities on personal and professional levels. A new place to shop, a new book store, or maybe a new company that is in your field who might be hiring. All because you decided on a new route, thus creating new opportunities.
Opportunities can be found, made, created, and even changed. So here is your challenge: Create a new opportunity for yourself. Take a new route. Maybe go into a different business. Find something new to try that will give you a new path to take, or journey to adventure on. Build on the moments having purpose and use one purpose to create a new opportunity.
We’d love to hear from you on this, share with us your change, your new opportunity, how you created that new opportunity, anything you’d like to share. Choose your own adventure and we’ll catch you on the flip side.