5 Ways To Prepare Yourself For Life’s Greatest Opportunity
There will always be a time of change but if you notice how this can benefit you then you`ll be able to see it as your greatest opportunity to thrive
I could have been a roadie.
But I didn’t think I was old enough.
So even before I could have asked I had put myself into a bracket that no one else had put me in. And because I had put myself there I wasn’t going to allow the key decision-makers to lift me up and give me that prized position for my favorite rock n’ roll band.
It all happened when I was just 12 years old.
All the students had to go on a big run around the city and as I was only a student in my first year I found the going tough towards the very end against older boys who were several years my elder. Yet that’s when I noticed him. He was the lead guitarist with my favorite band and he was walking with his friend outside the entrance to my school.
As I was so exhausted at this stage I thought I was hallucinating.
But instead, I realized it was him and so I stopped beside him to tell him how much I loved his band. He chuckled as I did and was about to drench his smiling lips with a gulp from his bottle of juice when I cheekily asked if I could sip as I was so shattered from the long run.
He obliged and the whole incident pushed him into the hilarity of laughter.
Yesterday that memory came bouncing back to mind when I heard his bandmate on the radio. He was recalling the band’s thirtieth anniversary on the road. When I counted back the years I discovered that memory was when the band was only a few months on the go.
And when I look back on it I had the opportunity to ask for the position of being the band’s roadie but instead, I took a sip of the lead guitarist’s drink.
If I had gone for the other request I could now be celebrating 30 years as a roadie with an international rock n’ roll band. Or better still a famous musician, or a band manager.
But that’s the thing with life one moment there’s an opportunity and the next there’s a memory.
It goes to show you need to believe in yourself at all times so you’re open to the opportunities that are there.
Here are 5 ways to continue to keep open for the next opportunity that will present itself to you:
1. Know that you are the center of your world and you have the keys to your engine so it’s up to you to drive it forward
Because too many people don’t take control of a situation when they have it in their hands to control. Instead, they shy away from it and let others take the plaudits. But if you accept what has to be done and figure it out to suit yourself then you`ll have carved out a chance for yourself to move forward in the front seat of your life.
2. Although you think you have all the time in the world before you know it things will change and when they do there’s rarely a warning sign to tell you when that’s going to happen
And that’s when you’ll have to react or you can stick your head in the sand and hope the change will pass soon. Yet that never happens as once something external like the economy, the culture, or laws adapt then there is a knock-on shift in people’s behavior. So that’s when you need to be ready to see the opportunities that arise as a result.
3. Each person you meet along the way of life has the potential to guide you down a different path
And you never know when or where you`ll meet them in the future so you have to give them time to speak. Be wise and show your interest in them when they do because they may very well have the clue to your next opportunity.
4. We are all on planet earth for reasons and the sooner we decide on our life’s objective the clearer those reasons will become to us.
Because once we focus on something that we are interested in we tend to notice opportunities to improve at it and other parts within that area will become apparent to us where we can grow as well.
5. Chasing missed opportunities means that you are seeking things that have already passed.
And in doing so, you`re focusing on the past and ignoring the present moment. That’s why you’ll never see the opportunities of the present and before you know it they’ll be gone too while you’re still busy trying to fix things that have no meaning anymore.
Now when I think back to hearing one of my favorite band members reminisce about his time at the top of rock n’ roll and how it was all so surreal to have gone to so many exotic places and met so many famous people I realize he did so because he put himself out there on center stage in his life.
And once we do that we’ll be the ones to write our song of life.
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