Small opportunities might come your way sometimes, and they may become a gateway for bigger opportunities.
So, how do you keep the fire burning that makes it easier for opportunities to see you and come knocking? The more ready and prepared you are, the more chances you will have to grab an opportunity.
Yogi Ferrel is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Clippers. At the beginning of his career, Yogi Ferrel was not drafted for the NBA. Still, he got a 10-day opportunity to play for Dallas Mavericks, and he turned it into a contract because he was ready. He did not just assume it was just for ten days; he worked hard and took his shot while he had the chance. This is why you need to be ready at all times; you never know when an opportunity will come calling and give you a chance.
So the question is, what are you doing with your ten-day contract? Will you let it last only ten days, or will you turn it into a year’s contract? The best way to answer these questions is to put yourself in the running by always being ready.
How to Prepare Yourself For the Right Opportunities
Life is now! And most opportunities only come but once. How you ready and prepare yourself for the opportunities that come your way is all up to you. Benjamin Franklin said it best, “Failing to plan is planning to fail.” Here are six ways in which you can prepare yourself for opportunities and success:
1. Write down your goals
Clearly outline your goals. That is, what you would like to achieve in the coming days, months, and years. This will help you be more aware of what you are doing currently, and where you want to see yourself in the near and distant future. Writing down your goals will help you keep track of your progress and see what areas of your life need improvement. Your goals are a big part of your life, and they will help you take charge. The more your goals are clearly stated, the more achievable they become.
2. Be focused and be dedicated
Clear your head, meditate and avoid stressful situations that jeopardize your chances of grabbing an opportunity. Our mind plays a significant role in the decisions we make in life. If you condition your mind to be focused and dedicated to your goals and dreams in life, you will be able to notice and grab opportunities when they come your way.
3. Work smart, not hard
Ideally, your goal should be to look for new ways to accomplish the same tasks in less time, so that you can free up valuable time. One way to achieve that is by improving your time management skills using online organizational tools like Trello or Asana. Another way to work smart is to delegate or outsource tasks to people who can do them faster.
This does not mean that you should not work hard to achieve what you want. It simply means that if you are always bogged down with work; that is all that you will think about, even if an opportunity of a lifetime is right in front of you.
4. Don’t ignore education and/or experience
We often only think of education as a way of getting a degree. But, education, particularly practical education/gaining hands-on experience, is in fact preparing you for future opportunities. Not to mention that education/experience is a good way to keep you planted, when you do take advantage of the opportunity presented to you.
5. Be creative and make use of your unique talent
To efficiently prepare yourself for an opportunity, you need to be creative in the area you wish to get a chance. Finding and using your unique talent will help prepare you for any opportunity in your field of expertise. Create new ideas and make them known to people and places in which you want to attract opportunities.
6. Have a game plan
You might have been looking for an opportunity for some time now. So what will be your game plan, once opportunity is at your door? Like a home fire-drill that you practice routinely – what will be the first thing that you do? Then what? Again, “Failing to plan is planning to fail”…
There are once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, and there are also opportunities you keep stumbling upon as you evolve in life. The more prepared and ready you are for all opportunities in life, the more likely you will succeed in life.