Who can’t recite their top 5 missed opportunities in life? Given the opportunity to think about them, notice how easily they come to the surface.
Then after we list them, we play the game of going back in time and conjuring up what we could have done differently to seize those opportunities.
We flagellate and aggravate each time we go back and play out the ridiculous to the sublime in our mind. Here’s what we don’t realize when we’re doing that: We’re missing current opportunities.
We think opportunities are as scarce as cabs on a rainy night in New York City. The opposite is true; opportunities are a continuous stream. We don’t see them because we’re too focused on a place where they don’t exist – in the past.
I will grant you this: The same opportunity you missed may never come back around again, but you’ll never see what may be a better opportunity if you don’t climb out of the past.
I’m reminded of one of my favorite missed opportunity quotes from the ancient Persian Poet, Rumi: “Don’t grieve for what doesn’t come. Some things that don’t happen keep disasters from happening.”
What if you woke up everyday with the idea that opportunity is waiting for you to wake up? How would that one simple assumption change your focus from past to present and open your eyes to opportunity?
Make that one subtle shift in attention and it won’t be too long before you see, the ever-present world of opportunity.
All the best,
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