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Create Your Own Opportunities

Create Your Own Opportunities

By on Dec 31, 2010 in Blog, Goal Setting and Goal Achievement | 0 comments

I meet too many people who have desires but are waiting for the right time, the right moment, the right person, the right opportunity.   In Ecclesiastes in the Amplified Bible Version, it says He who observes the wind [and waits for all conditions to be favorable] will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap.  I think that says it all.

I meet too many people who have desires but are waiting for the right time, the right moment, the right person, the right opportunity.   In Ecclesiastes in the Amplified Bible Version, it says He who observes the wind [and waits for all conditions to be favorable] will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap.  I think that says it all.

In other words, stop looking at all the problems and challenges around you as a hindrance.  You are ALWAYS going to have problems and challenges.  Look at them as an opportunity to grow.  God has placed some of them there and allowed the others.   With the clouds comes rain to water the seeds that were planted!

Successful achievement is in direct relation to what you believe.  If you believe that you can, then don’t wait for the will of someone else or wait for the opportunity to come to you on a silver platter.  Pray for the will to make it happen.  Yes, God is in control of this universe and your life, but there are times when He won’t [not can’t–there is a difference] do anything until we start to move forward.  I like how Joyce Meyer says it, “You can’t drive a parked car!”

In today’s society, we can sit at our desk and make a purchase via the internet or phone, communicate to a friend, conduct research on a topic, order a meal, perform a bank transaction and more.  We can do almost everything via phone or the internet.  It is almost as if we are sub-consciously programming our will to remain in the ready position but never get to the get set or go position!  Our minds may be active but there is no connection between the thoughts and action.

Will is the mental faculty by which one deliberately chooses a course of action.  Can is the mental ability or possession of a power, right or privilege. (The word is also defined as a metal container).   Many of us are operating in a state of ‘can’.  When we say I can we are saying we have the ability and often times end up containing our abilities.  We take the seeds of our ideas and allow them to shrivel up and die.  However, when we say we will, we are saying that we are choosing to take action.  The word ‘will’ holds you accountable to do something. Now isn’t that more powerful?!

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God has blessed us with the power to achieve but many of us have the ability within us contained.  We think about it.  We talk about it.  We write about it. We discuss it, but then we don’t do it!  The clouds or challenges around you are designed to help the seeds of greatness within you to grow.  If you had to have major surgery, which would you prefer to have?  A surgeon who had successfully persevered through the challenges of separating siamese twins or a surgeon who has successfully performed several simple and easy routine operations.   The first I’m sure.

Make a decision today that you are going to turn your can into will.  Take action!  Turn your thoughts into actions.  Turn your desires into achievements. Decide that you will struggle through the challenges to help you develop your willpower.

You should know me enough by now that I’m not going to leave you there.  I like to provide you with strategic actions or cognitive tools to help you transform.  I want you to join me this year in Reaching Beyond Your Limits.  Bypass your mental limits and visualize the possibilities.

Here are a few tips you can use to create your own opportunity instead of waiting for it to come along.  Stop looking at the clouds as a problem and start looking at them as the challenge that will help you to grow.

1. Don’t wait any longer. This is for those of you who have evaluated and re-evaluated. Contemplated and discussed for weeks, months or years.  Stop looking for someone to come along and pull you up out of your ‘can’.  There IS a time for waiting [See Psalm 46:10; Psalm 4:4], but you may have been feeling a nudge lately.  Start looking on the internet, the news, a book or magazine for ideas that you could use to create your own opportunity.  Better yet we often have ideas that pop in our heads that we dismiss. Write these ideas down and run with it. (Check with wise counsel and like-minded people to make sure your idea is feasible. But then again all things are possible to him who believes!)

2. Breath life into it. Have you listed all of your options?  Have you recorded your vision and created a plan?   Consider with whom you can share your vision?  Don’t leave your thought, purpose or opportunity contained in your ‘can’.  Release it to your will to take action.  Is it different?  Creative? What will make you stand out from the crowd? Think about these questions as you plan for your pursuit.

3. Know the value. Whether it is a product or service, a job pursuit or whether you are creating a new habit you need to know the value.  Know why you are doing this.  Make sure your  WHY is strong enough.  If your why is strong enough, you will creatively discover ways to press forward and reach beyond your limits to success. If you don’t believe what you have to offer is valuable (or that you are valuable), then how will anyone else.  Moreover, I might add if you don’t believe it is valuable then might I suggest that you may want to reconsider what you’re doing or do what you must to build up your thoughts of yourself.

4. Do it Afraid! My favorite one.  If you wait for fear to go away, you won’t do much.  Once you know that what you’re doing is what you are supposed to do, do it regardless of the fear that is rising in you.  REMEMBER, “For God has not given us a spirit of [FEAR] but of power and love and discipline.” II Timothy 1:7 NASB .  Doing something new can always create the emotion of fear but do it anyway.  Most often than not, you’ll be glad that you did.

5. Get others excited.  Is there someone that will encourage you and get excited with you?  Once you have done your research and you have mapped out a plan.  Create a story.  It doesn’t have to start out with the local news station.  It can be with a few friends that believe in you and are willing to help you ‘test’ your theory, try your product or prepare for whatever it is you need to do.  It could be rehearsing for a job interview, or doing a mock run for a program you are developing.   Whatever the case may be, their excitement will encourage you to press forward.

6. Create incentive. Create a reason for people to collaborate with you, try your product, participate in your program or support you. Love your neighbor as you love yourself.  “For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thyneighbour as thyself.”  Galatians 5:14 If you love yourself and value yourself enough to do this, then love your neighbor enough to help them do there thing also.  Give back.  Help them out.  Support them in their healthy pursuits.  Later on down the road it may help to create another opportunity for you.

7. Be prepared to work hard. Whenever you try something new or do something different it is going to take a lot more energy than your normal routine.  Why?  You have to deal with the naysayers.  You may even have to fight with your negative thoughts.  You are creating something so that means possibly starting with nothing.  That is hard. Rome wasn’t built in a day and God took 6 days to create the earth, so why should your project or achievement happen quickly?  REMEMBER: “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” Galatians 6:9 KJV

Don’t let another day pass you by without creating your opportunity to achieve your goal.  Get excited.  Get creative. Get going!

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