When Opportunity Knocks – What Will You Do?


Are you ready for the moment opportunity comes knocking at your door? Will you be prepared to take full advantage of such a gem?

The truth is that most individuals completely miss the boat on the concept of opportunity. This is largely because we are conditioned to believe that opportunities are created separate from us and that we have nothing to do with the ones we receive.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

As I have said many times and this principle exists and operates in our lives whether we believe it or not…

We are where we are and have what we have because of the choices we have made.

In this vein, asking whether you’ll be prepared or ready for when opportunity knocks at your door is totally irrelevant. Opportunities are not out there somewhere playing rock-paper-scissors trying to decide which door they will knock on next. It simply doesn’t work that way.

Ever heard the phrase, “The future belongs to those who seize the day.”? Well that is the principle of Opportunity at its finest. You see, opportunities are universal principles that merely exist and operate in our lives no matter what.

The difference to those who receive or take advantaged of opportunities and those who don’t is mindset.

The majority of individuals are almost never prepared for opportunities because they are waiting for things to happen rather than making them happen – they are reactive people.

There are the few though who realize that opportunities are created by the things you make happen – they are proactive people. They understand that opportunities only appear when you are prepared – when you are making things happen in your world that affects change in your life and the lives of others.

You see, each day you exist on this plain, there is an infinite pool of opportunities that you can capitalize on. You only need be prepared and open to recognizing them. You must believe in endless possibilities – the inexhaustible river of choices.

Opportunities come to those who create them through their choices and actions. There is no such thing as sitting around and waiting for opportunities to show up in your life. Quite frankly, if you can’t even make one thing happen in your life, how would you handle an opportunity that showed up at your door unannounced?

The fact is that individuals who capitalize on opportunities are not given anything; rather they created them. The idea that opportunities have to show up in your life without you lifting a finger is an illusion. Certainly, some opportunities come to you by way of other people’s choices BUT, this is the reason you have so many wasted opportunities.

When someone else presents and opportunity to another, nothing will happen unless the recipient is truly ready and prepared because of the choices they have made. And even if the person capitalizes on the immediate gratification of the opportunity given – the long term impact will wane quickly.

Think of it this way…

If a man receives a fish, he will eat for a day; however, if he learns how to fish, he will eat for a lifetime.

The bottom line is that you will be unable to hear opportunity knocking unless you are truly prepared to take advantaged of it. Opportunities come to those who expect them because they’ve planned and prepared for them.

In fact, truly successful individuals don’t ever have to wait or listen for opportunity to knock on their door – they are constantly in hot pursuit and opportunities don’t stand a chance against them. They see each and every single day as a plethora of opportunities waiting to be had. These individuals find opportunity in every thing and every where. Every step back is an opportunity to lean something new; there are no failures – only opportunities to learn and grow.

When you view the world from this standpoint – all you see are possibilities – opportunities.

So, the next time opportunity has to come knocking at your door – chances are you won’t be truly ready for it and you’ll miss the boat.

When opportunity knocks – it’s tool late.

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