“Each day comes to each of us with both hands full of opportunities.’” ~Helen Keller
A guest post by Peter G. James Sinclair
When it comes to living life to the fullest, you and I need to grab what has been presented to us each day with both of our own hands.
For in the words of my old friend Sir Francis Bacon, “The wise man maketh more opportunities than he finds.’”
So it is more about the grab than just waiting for opportunity to land in your lap.
So many people wait. Wait. Wait. You could have a long wait , or you can do what I did when I wrote a book some years back with the title Good Things DON’T Come To Those Who Wait.
So what are you waiting for? Opportunity is waiting for you. Get out of here and make your next opportunity happen.
If I’d waited for my wife to ask me to marry her I may have never been married. I had to do the pursuing and I had to do the asking. My reward? I’ve now spent the past three decades of my life with the most beautiful woman in the world.
Here are four things we receive when we grab life with both hands.
We are presented with:
1. The Opportunity To Learn
Approach each day as the student and watch what wonderful things you will learn. As someone once said, “Once you know it all, that’s when you can really begin to learn something.”
- Enter each moment with a willingness to learn.
- Every person you meet can be your teacher.
- Every experience can be your tutor.
- Every failure must be questioned with, “What can I learn from this?”
And if you participate with each day in this manner, it won’t be long before you hold a “PhD in Successful Living” itself.
2. The Opportunity To Grow
As beautiful as Bonsai (the art of growing dwarf trees) is, I was never born to be a Bonsai.
My roots were made to dig deep into the soil of life, crushing rocks in their path, and tapping into the life-giving water table below. And then in turn I reach high into the sky, like some 1,000 year old trees that I hugged recently, far above the earth.
Every day is an opportunity to grow in body, mind and spirit.
Will you join me?
3. The Opportunity To Give
The more I give the more I live. The more I “give more” the more I “live more.”
This is true when developing relationships with others. If I approach the new acquaintance with a desire to give, and without an agenda to simply get, there is a richness that is planted into the very heart of the relationship.
I have found this true in sales as well. If I approach the prospect with one desire, and that is to discover their specific needs through the art of questioning and then seek to meet their needs, I may get the sale today. I may not.
However, if I have successfully built rapport with the person and built a friendship, the sale will come some day down the track or even through the power of word of mouth as they talk to their friends. I have seen this happen time and time again.
4. The Opportunity To Go
When I write the word go I mean that we have the wonderful opportunity of continuing our journey toward our dream’s fulfillment. It’s a place of motion. This is not a “stuck in the mud” place. It’s a fluid place of forward movement that with each passing day will take us further along in the fulfillment of our dreams.
So go with the flow and know that as you greet each day with a smile, you are positioning yourself to grab both hands of opportunity with yours.
What wonderful, magnificent things await you?
Could you please share with us what wonderful opportunity you are currently grabbing with both hands?
Motivational Memo: Opportunity – the art of making life happen.
Peter G. James Sinclair is in the “heart to heart” resuscitation business and inspires, motivates and equips others to be all that they’ve been created to become. Receive your free copy of his latest eBook Personal Success Blueprint at Motivational Memoand find him on Twitter @PeterGJSinclair.
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