How To Spot Opportunities

Nov 18, 2013, Mindset

Shares Facebook Twitter Pinterest It’s Monday, and I just had a moment of inspiration hit me, about something helpful I really wanted to share with you…and, as you may well know, I like to talk about matters of mindset – because, really, literally most of our success and failure comes from nothing else but as […]

It’s Monday, and I just had a moment of inspiration hit me, about something helpful I really wanted to share with you…and, as you may well know, I like to talk about matters of mindset – because, really, literally most of our success and failure comes from nothing else but as a result of whatever mindset we have.

So we’ll call this a little “Monday Mindset” tip!

The topic is about learning how to spot opportunity.

have an attitude of gratitudeBelieve it or not, being able to eye an opportunity is a skill that most people have to learn. Not very many are born with it, or raised being taught how to realize it. Over the last decade, in my entrepreneurial journey, I’ve learned to spot it, but I’ve also learned a critical component necessary to have first.

…without it, you’ll cross paths with the same opportunities, without ever having a hint they passed you by.

What is it? …You have to be in the right state of mind. You need to have complete GRATITUDE for where you are and what you have now. When you have gratitude for everything that exists around you, it puts you into the correct state of mind that allows you to be open to the opportunities you’re presented with.

Yes, you should want the most out of life…You should have crazy big dreams to chase after…You should always be striving for more. In other words, you should NOT be complacent with where you’re at, but you SHOULD be content.

…Content and utterly grateful for the present.

…But not complacent and okay with staying where you are.

Being grateful automatically puts us into the state of mind that will attract more things which we will be thankful for.

Like attracts like.

What you think about, you bring about.

Your thoughts become things…your thoughts become reality.

I could keep going, but I think you get my point.

Here’s what this looked like in action in my life:

The other morning, it was freezing cold outside, my wife was getting ready to leave for her job at the hospital, but the front tire of her car was flat.

At first I was irritated that I had to change my morning work plans so that I could go out in the cold and switch tires for my wife. But as I was changing it, I CHOSE to be grateful instead. I said aloud as I changed the tire:

“I am grateful that this tire went flat in our driveway instead of while my wife was driving down the road.”

“I am grateful that I have the skills to change this myself, so I don’t have to call someone out and pay them to do it, or that my wife doesn’t have to change it.”

“I am grateful that we have such a nice, new car that gets my wife to and from work in comfort and with ease.”

You get the idea…

In every situation, make a concerted effort to find the things you can be grateful for…

And, as your mind shifts to “recognizing the good things in life”, you’ll find yourself going into your natural state and the opportunities that were once hidden will begin to surface and present themselves almost magically!

Go ahead, give it a try today.

(And remember, as I’m writing this the week before Thanksgiving: we have so much to be thankful for EVERY DAY of the year, we shouldn’t just think about gratitude in November)
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