Does Opportunity Come to You or Do You Have to Create It?

Do not wait for an opportunity to be all that you want to be; when an opportunity to be more than you are now is presented and you feel impelled toward it, take it. It will be the first step toward a greater opportunity. There is no such thing possible in this universe as a lack of opportunities for the man who is living the advancing life. – Wallace Wattles

Do some people just have it easy while others always struggle to get ahead?

OpportunityIn the past, I’ve often felt jealous or a bit resentful when I look at certain other people that seem to have everything in life fall into their lap. I always thought that wealth, jobs, boyfriends, and the works seem to just naturally happen for some people more than others. Social and economic factors are certainly a big part of why people have opportunities in life initially, but beyond that, when you are truly on your own, what makes opportunity happen?

Recently, I had a realization. Ever since I’ve started writing my blog, and putting myself out there more in the world, I have had small but steady opportunities start knocking on my door. Its what I wanted, but I didn’t really know what to expect or believe that it would happen. We’re not talking a big book deal or achieving financial freedom in 2 months. Its a different sort of opportunity that I am CREATING. I’m connecting with amazing new people from all over the country. I’m sharing stories. I’m offering up what I’ve learned for someone else to hopefully gain some insight from. For instance, my simple but useful free time line template is now getting 5-15 downloads a day in just a short few weeks of its existence. It makes me feel great to give something useful to a lot of people that will help them plan. It inspires me to do and give more. Giving is definitely addictive.

Lately, I have had a much more positive outlook on my life because I feel like I have gotten my power back. No more white flag, no more self-pity, I am taking control and doing something every day to make a difference, education myself, set goals and make tiny steps in the direction I want to go in life. I am making more conscious financial choices in spending, saving, budgeting, and in what I spend my free time doing.

I’ve realized that opportunity, though it may seem like it just falls into some people’s laps, is usually a result of a few key things:

  • Having the right attitude and mind set to SEE the opportunities when they appear
  • Taking ACTION – Small steps are better than nothing at all
  • Putting yourself out there, meeting people, networking
  • Offering something(s) of true value to others
  • Having confidence in yourself, your purpose(s) and going after what you want

So tell me, are you one of those fortunate that have had opportunity come to you, or have you had to do something different to find it?

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