“Of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these: It might have been!’” — John Greenleaf Whittier
Opportunity? That’s impossible! Opportunity doesn’t knock twice!
That’s the thing about opportunity: we never know if we’ll get that same chance again so to avoid disappointment, and to avoid having to ask “what might have been,” the only safe option is to jump into action.
I don’t know about you, but my dreams are bigger than me, and the only way I’m going to achieve them is by taking every opportunity that comes my way to grow personally and professionally.
When people come to me with their dreams they sometimes complain that they are ready to jump into action, that they’re ready to live the life that they have imagined, but they just haven’t been presented with the opportunity to do so. My answer is always the same: if an opportunity isn’t presenting itself to you then take that as an opportunity to create your own. What’s important is to stay in action, always moving forward. If you do, you’ll find that new doors of possibilities will present themselves to you that might never have been found otherwise.
The Magic Word Opportunity reminds us to seize the day and make the most of every opportunity that comes our way. Or, as Albert Einstein puts it:
“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”
What opportunities have you missed lately? Perhaps you had to make a choice and the opportunity just didn’t make the cut, or perhaps you allowed fear to hold you back, or perhaps it’s an opportunity you didn’t recognize at the time because it didn’t look like what you thought you needed. How can you better prepare yourself for the next opportunity? Better yet, how can you create your own opportunities moving forward?
Jonas Cain is an educator, facilitator, and coach, working to engage, empower, and encourage leaders and the people they serve to experience joy.