We all have that occasion or situation to do something that aligns with our dreams. What we do about these opportunities solely depends on us, not others or some external circumstances as most of us would like to believe.
Do external circumstances have a role to play? Yes certainly!
Circumstances will always be there and we cannot wish them away. It becomes a matter of perspective. Winston Churchill presented it squarely when he said; “a pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty”.
What is your perspective?
The majority of people when they are faced with an opportunity, they say that it will never work, it is impossible. The challenge with most of us is that we need ready-made solutions, packaged by other people. We want a hand to always be stretched to us with tested and proven methods.
In order to progress and succeed in life, you need to seize opportunities presented to you or create yours where none exist. You can only do this if you believe in yourself, if you are a go-getter and an optimist. If your perspective is that nothing will work, you are right. What a self-fulfilling prophecy.
If you believe that people just wake up and happen to have a stroke of luck, remember the words of Chalya John when he said that “opportunity has never failed granting chances to hard workers”. You may also need to reflect on what Seneca expressed that “luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.
Always remember that opportunity is a measure of responsibility and not excuses. Even the scripture says; “the harvest is plentiful but the workers are few”. You will find opportunities; they are endless if you dare search around you and work hard.
Tex Hlalele is a Personal Mastery, Leadership & Organisational Effectiveness Specialist. Book Tex to help you and your team gain insights and possibilities for individual learning and organizational advancement on +2764 656 6174 or visit http://www.dreamsmadepossible.co.za/contact.html. He is the author of the book, Face the person in the mirror.