Open one door of opportunity and yet another door opens.
In my last post I inquired about where you are when opportunity knocks. There is an interesting thing I have observed about opportunity. It seems to me that every time I accept one opportunity, the door opens to more opportunities. And it usually does not wait for the first door to close.
Whereas if you don’t take an opportunity when it is there, does it seem that you are less likely to have another opportunity soon? You have probably heard the term “shut the door and no one knocks.” So what is it about opportunities that make them more plentiful for go-getters? Is it just a coincidence? I would think probably not.
Quit being too busy being busy and not visible to opportunity.
It may seem like the more you do, the more you have to do. In today’s busy world it would be nice to space things out so you have time to schedule new tasks when you are ready. But realistically, people like to provide people new, exciting tasks when they see you. You are active and visible. Become the leader and take responsibility.
Increase your visibility.
Part of the reason for having subsequent opportunities that seem like they come all at once may have something to do with the fact that you became more visible with each new opportunity. People start seeing you as a leader.
You might be really busy because you are trying new things. Do you realize that when an opportunity comes to you and you take it, you may be stepping out of your comfort zone? As people see you willing to step out of your comfort zone, their impression of you can change. They see you as a person willing to accept challenges and responsibility. You have courage to try different things. You are showing your leadership ability. You are increasing your visibility that allows people to know and trust you. And when people know and trust you, they are more willing to give you opportunities.
Do not wait for the next opportunity and take too long to think about it. Consider what opportunities you are looking for so you can be prepared for them now. Develop your leadership skills so you will be ready for them. Grab the opportunity when it gets close to you. Motivate yourself. Build confidence in yourself so you are the obvious choice to take on the responsibility. Ask for the opportunity. As Milton Berle was quoted, “if opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.”
“I’m not the kind of guy to knock at a door and then when the door is opened not go in.” ~ William Saroyan
Consider the following quotes to motivate you about opportunities that are coming your way:
“The right man is the one who seizes the moment.” ~ Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
“Jumping at several small opportunities may get us there more quickly than waiting for one big one to come along.” ~ Hugh Allen
“I was seldom able to see an opportunity until it had ceased to be one.” ~ Mark Twain
“What I do know is that if one wants to get a boat ride, one must be near the river.” ~ Anchee Min
“Life opens up opportunities to you, and you either take them or you stay afraid of taking them.” ~ Jim Carrey
I wish you the best on accepting the next opportunity. Go ahead. Force open one door of opportunity and see what happens.