Finding Opportunities … well worth it … #Trust30

June 14, 2011 § Leave a comment

Writing Challenge-Day 14

When good is near you, when you have life in yourself, it is not by any known or accustomed way; you shall not discern the foot-prints of any other; you shall not see the face of man; you shall not hear any name; the way, the thought, the good, shall be wholly strange and new. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

The world buzzes about goals and visions. Focus. Create a vivid picture of exactly where you want to go. Dream big, then don’t let anything or anyone stop you. The problem, as Daniel Gilbert wrote in Stumbling Upon Happiness, is that we’re horrible at forecasting how we’ll really feel 10 or 20 years from now – once we’ve gotten what we dreamed of. Often, we get there only to say, “That’s not what I thought it would be,” and ask, “What now?” Ambition is good. Blind ambition is not. It blocks out not only distraction, but the many opportunities that might take you off course but that may also lead you in a new direction. Consistent daily action is only a virtue when bundled with a willingness to remain open to the unknown. In this exercise, look at your current quest and ask, “What alternative opportunities, interpretations and paths am I not seeing?” They’re always there, but you’ve got to choose to see them.

(Author: Jonathan Fields)

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I am on a good path now, but it took a long time to get here. Things are starting to make sense, but it took giving up everything to get to this place. I recognized that I was not working to my potential, not growing, not really helping anyone so I got to my point and started to look for alternative actions that could get me to a better place of growth.  I always saw great opportunities, I tend to be one of those “seekers” but I was always too afraid or not confident enough to take them. This time, a few weeks ago that is, I took a big risk and went for a great alternative (or one I saw as “great” from a distance). Once I conquered the journey to get to that wonderful place, I realized that it was not right for me. I was mad at myself for a few days as I felt like a failure, but then I realized that this was the moment that I could finally start figuring out what I really wanted to do …

And it was scary, but I took some time, reorganized, looked around at what really made sense for me at this point in my life and I found some really great opportunities that were a perfect fit. So I get it, the whole, stumbling upon opportunities, only to find out that they are right for you, but I realized two things from my recent fall. One is that you can really learn from these situations which can bring great clarify if taken the time to reflect and learn upon and second, that the great outcomes can only really happen if you let yourself fail and rebuild again. So I say, go out there, get focused on what you want, and if you are not satisfied and fulfilled in your work, then start taking a chance on opportunities that come your way, you will probably fail at most, but some, you will be so great at, and that my friend, is what makes all the difference in the world. Go be great at something, change the world, you can only do this if take a chance and go after what drives you, what makes you get out of bed in the morning (other then wonderful One Village Coffee with steamed milk and a little raw sugar sprinkled on top, well that is just a taste of what gets me out of bed, that and changing the world that is)!

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