Wouldn’t it be great if you could create your own opportunity in any situation? I know people who are success magnets. They seem to have a secret formula, attracting opportunities everywhere they go. For most of us that’s not the case. We are often waiting for a specific event to happen to change a circumstance, answer a prayer or simply make things better. But what if, instead of you waiting on an opportunity to come, the opportunity is waiting on you to make a move?
“Opportunities are often created before they are needed.”
Many of us have heard the story of how David slayed Goliath in 1 Samuel 17. This wasn’t the first time that David had to defend himself. Take a look at what David says in verse 34.
But David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keep his father’s sheep, and when a lion or a bear came and took a lamb out of the flock, I went out after it and struck it, and delivered the lamb from its mouth; and when it arose against me, I caught it by its beard, and struck and killed it. Your servant has killed both lion and bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, seeing he has defied the armies of the living God.”
David learned how to slay a giant by slaying animals before the giant ever appeared. He learned to fight in an obscure place, so he was ready for victory when the right time came. The same truth applies to each of us. Now is the time for action. It’s a time for preparation so that you can handle the responsibility when your opportunity arrives.
Here are five ways to stop waiting and begin to create your own opportunities.
1. Practice presence everywhere you go.
You never know who’s watching you. Great connections are made in many different places. Being prepared can make the difference between being taken for granted and making the prized connection that catapults you to the next level.
2. Enhance the success potential of others.
I have never met a person who didn’t want to be successful. You may be seeking your own direction for success, even still, pay attention to what other people are doing. Seek to help another person accomplish their goals. There is a synergy that happens when you align yourself with other like-minded people and go beyond your own personal interest. You will meet new people, find new resources, and get new ideas for them and yourself. When you have genuine interest in other people, it opens up a treasury called relationship, that may be exactly what you need to get over your own hurdles.
3. Go over and above what most people do.
Many people are very average in their efforts. Others will gladly pass on responsibility, hard work, and diligence in an attempt to avoid discomfort or sacrifice. This approach to life leaves an open door for those of us seeking new opportunities to grow and thrive. I have heard it called the, “and then” principle. You do what is expected, and then you take it to the next level, and then you go one step further. That type of commitment can’t be ignored. lt gives you a huge edge over others, causing a light to shine on you and the gifts that you bring to every situation. When you live by this principle, new opportunities are certain to find you.
4. Leverage your creativity in a manner that can’t be duplicated.
Creativity is an amazing gift from God. Only He can create something from nothing. We can use our creativity to add a unique touch to a situation that can’t be duplicated. We can make something average become something special, interesting and powerful. Use your creativity to bring about a change to a project or assignment that takes the outcome to a new level. That type of contribution will always be in great demand.
5. Brand Yourself
When people think of you, what comes to their mind? That is your brand. People don’t think of you based on who you think you are. They think of you based on what they see you do and hear you say. If you are habitually late, they see you as a person who is never on time. If you are always complaining or criticizing, they see you as someone who is somewhat difficult to be around. On the other hand, If you are positive and upbeat, they see you as a person who is a pleasure to be with. If you are known for offering solutions and bringing creativity and energy to an environment, they see you as someone who they enjoy being around and would recommend for a job or opportunity. Make it clear who you are, and what you represent. Then, set your mind on aligning everything in your life with the truth of who you really are. Your new brand will help create your new opportunities.
It’s time out for waiting on something to happen to bring about your desired change. Ask yourself, “What can I do now? How can I change or adjust?” You might be surprised to know how much activity you are able to create with little contribution from others. When you combine these principles with your own talent and skill, it creates a synergistic reaction, setting new opportunities in motion. You may feel like you are ready for your great opportunity. However, if no one knows how talented you are, then your greatness is simply a well-kept secret. It’s time to let the secret out.
Copyright Rhonda Y. Williams, November 2012. All rights reserved