A principle of growth which too few act on, states that the best opportunities are always aligned with what you truly desire. You can create many great opportunities if you follow a few specific rules.
Why is this so? The premise:
Want more opportunities? Do this for the next several weeks:
1. Invest several hours figuring out what you have of value to offer.
2. Invest an equal amount of time deciding what you truly want to accomplish in the coming 12 months. Think of those things that really could light you up once accomplished. Call it vision, purpose, goals, it really doesn’t matter. Just be sure it generates some passion when you think about it.
3. Design a program or an approach on paper that you could use to deliver the value from item 1. Give yourself plenty of time and latitude to create this on paper.
4. Let these three geminate over the next several weeks. Work on letting that desire build, take shape, and fill out. Keep it in the front of your mind. The more attention you give it the better. Don’t be lazy. Expect that you may get antsy or even bored in order to escape the work. This is not easy work. You are creating new ideas, and actions will follow in time. Think of artists and the inner design they go though every day.
Some additional tips:
Bottom line action:
Do not wait around for the ideal condition to develop. You are the one who moves things forward. The sequence is, you know your value, you know what you want, you expect good things, your see possibility and you act. That is how opportunities develop.
Anytime you have a problem, imagine it as a demand for new ideas. Problems are a call to action. They are telling you to learn or do something you are not now doing.
Look at it this way. If you rely on current thinking and old familiar ideas, you will stay exactly where you are now.
Conversely, once you commit to making things better for yourself, new and far better ideas will come to you.
For most, the route taken is endless contemplation of the problem. Back and forth, yes-no-maybe thinking and indecision blend and justify indecision. It can become an endless, closed loop. With new ideas, things progress. With no new ideas, you can’t change much of anything.
Stop waiting for better ideas – they may not arrive:
Waiting for better ideas is a failed approach to progress. More often than not, waiting is covering for a “I better hold on” strategy. Not a very good strategy if you want progress.
How to get better ideas – fast:
Look closer at your thinking on a given topic (something important that you are/were hoping to do). Track back a few weeks and review what you were thinking. If you do this, you will better understand why you get the kinds of ideas you get. Ideas always sync with expectations. The problem is that most of us allow conditions to trump positive expectations.
A simple rule of thumb is that the ideas you get generally reflect the attitude you have toward the topic. Positive, negative, uncertain or anything in between will leave you creating ideas that support that outlook. Be on the lookout -Not so much for the ideas, rather, look first at your underlying attitude toward the topic.
This is not as hard as you may think. Try it for one week on one topic. Track your attitude and the ideas that came to you. Any correlation?
Eventually, you will be able to “refresh” your idea bank and keep it that way. This skill is key to your inventory of creative skills. . .
Plan and act toward your long-term success.
Richard L Reardon
People can sabotage their future by paying too much attention to what is going on around them. Rather than receiving ideas from a positive vision of the future, they get pulled, turned and wrapped up in problems of the day. They are condition driven. They are unknowingly overinvested in today’s actions at the expense of creating a future.
This post will provide questions and tips on how you can create your own personal vision.
Why visions evaporate:
The number one reason people head in the wrong direction is because they are thinking too small.
If you stay with past routines that have become habit, or process too carefully, you will underestimate your talent, your potential and your inner desire to have more. Ironically, what was a great opportunity both financially and personally never amounts to anything. By giving energy to the small things, they control your week, day month etc., the idea of possibility never occurs.
Having a vision requires that you accept things you may not now see.
Why vision works:
The need to grow is a basic human need. When you grow, you satisfy your highest need to accomplish and contribute. The vision is simply your own view of how you want to grow. Vision works because humans want to move forward which requires that you see where you are going.
Questions to help you develop your vision:
Answer these three questions, starting with the ones you checked. Each question is designed to help you decide what goes into the first draft of your personal vision. This process is always a “two steps forward and one backward type exercise”.
How do you know you are making progress?
Good luck beginning your process. .