Recognize and Seize Your Opportunities

“There is a tide in the affairs of men,
Which, taken at the flood, leads to fortune;
Omitted, all the voyage of their life
Is bound in shallows and in miseries”
(Julius Caesar, William Shakespeare, 1564-1616)

Life’s greatest laurels do not always go to the most intelligent, smartest, or strongest; more often than not, they rather attend those that recognize and seize their opportunities.

Everybody gets opportunities, but not everybody recognizes and seizes those opportunities. Even among those who do recognize an opportunity, only very few have the courage to take the chance and seize their opportunities.

To enjoy greater measures of personal success and achievements, you must develop the discernment and courage to recognize and seize your opportunities.

God makes the waves: surfers just ride them!

As William Shakespeare recognized centuries ago, the dynamics of personal success in life are similar to those of the waves of the sea. Surfers will readily understand this analogy: we do not build the waves, but it’s up to us to ride them when they come!

I like the way Rick Warren puts it in his very inspiring book – The Purpose Driven Church. (By the way, this is one of the most inspiring books I ever read; the principles shared there are not restricted to church growth, but are amazingly relevant to your personal and corporate success in practically any area of life and business! You can get your own copy by clicking here)

Rick writes that, “Surfing is the art of riding waves that God builds. God makes the waves: surfers just ride them. No surfer tries to create waves. If the waves aren’t there, you just don’t surf that day! On the other hand, when surfers see a good wave, they make the most of it, even if that means surfing in the middle of a storm.”

This is exactly how the dynamics of personal and corporate success work!

To enjoy greater measures of personal success and achievements, you must develop the discernment and courage to recognize and seize your opportunities.

Time and chance

“The race is not to the swift
or the battle to the strong,
nor does food come to the wise
or wealth to the brilliant
or favor to the learned;
but time and chance happen to them all.”
(King Solomon, Ecclesiastes 9:11)

Everybody gets a chance. It’s not the swiftest, the strongest, the wisest, the most brilliant, or the most learned that achieve greatness. It’s often those that recognize their time and chance, and seize it!
Many never recognize their chance; others lack the courage to take a chance when they do see it.

The moment you miss your time and chance, life becomes a bundle of struggles, regrets, miseries, and frustration.
If you want to enjoy greater measures of personal success and achievements, you must develop the discernment and courage to recognize and seize your opportunities.

How to recognize your opportunities

Your opportunities will normally come in the form of a problem, or challenge; quite often these challenges are scary. Your opportunities often come as difficult situations you would rather back away from. Here lies the paradoxical nature of opportunities, and the chief reason many don’t recognize them!

So when you train yourself, and develop the courage to become a problem solver, you increase your chances of riding the waves of opportunities. To guarantee that you never miss your opportunities, become a problem solver – yours and those of other people. Look for ways to solve the problems that you meet in your life and in the lives of others.

When David came to the battle-front and heard the threats of the Philistine giant, Goliath, he could have walked away; after all, he wasn’t a soldier and was there just to bring food for his brothers. But because he had trained himself to be a problem solver, he just couldn’t bypass the challenge! He removed the disgrace from Israel and secured his place on the throne.

What reproaches are you eliminating from other people’s lives?
What problems are you solving for others?
What needs are you meeting in other peoples lives?
Your opportunities might be hidden in those problems!

You may not have the cash, but what about the time? How about your abilities and other blessings you already have?

When you become a problem solver, you guarantee that you never miss your opportunities. Remember that if you want to enjoy greater measures of personal success and achievements, you must develop the discernment and courage to recognize and seize your opportunities.

Your opportunites will quite often come in the form of a radical idea!

A lot of the ideas that will take you out of your rut will not be of the cozy type – they’ll most likely be of such nature as to unplug you out of your comfort zone! When you get an idea that sends the shivers through your spine, take good note of them! Sometimes, they pop into your mind without notice, at other times they come at the suggestion of others from outside your sphere of expertise and experience.

Your natural instinct at such times would be to back down and relapse into what is comfortable, and what you are used to. But if you’ll dare to embrace that bull of an idea by its horns, you’ll be surprised at the accompanying success that will just rock your world to it’s very foundations, and take you to higher heights!

Adjust your mindset and begin to look at life as a thrilling adventure. Lots of people hide in their closets, terrified of making mistakes, and of being right or wrong. What a waste of valuable time and potentials! Such people stay at the sidelines of life, wishing things could be better and more fun, yet failing to embrace the very opportunities that could revolutionize their lives, filling them with more fun and happiness than they could ever handle.

My challenge to you today is simple; learn, and develop the courage to recognize and seize your opportunities.

When you look back in time, do you see opportunities that you missed as a result of not taking a chance?
Are there risks that you wish today that you’d taken in the past?
Are there some radical ideas that you have now and which you are scared to pursue?

Please share…

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Pam

I would just like to thank you WD for all your words… I read several of your post and found them all to be highly inspirational and makes good sense. Truly enjoyable reading! Especially on woman and marriage… I never understood why so many intelligent, beautiful women believe they have to marry in order to be happy? Though I have nothing against marriage, it has never held that much importance for me.

jeweledrabbit
jeweledrabbit

The Chinese character for the word “crisis” also means opportunity, so I’d say you’re onto something.

WD
WD

Hmmm…interesting.
“people bog themselves down with preconceived notions of how the things they desire should manifest. But the reality is you don’t really know how things will happen.”
God says that His ways are higher than man’s ways. So it’s important to understand that certain challenges we are facing at the moment might just be opportunities in disguise!!!

jeweledrabbit
jeweledrabbit

I think there’s another reason why people fail to take advantage of their opportunities. They simply don’t recognize them because opportunities don’t come in the form people expect them to.

People bog themselves down with preconceived notions of how the things they desire should manifest. But the reality is you don’t really know how things will happen.

There is a much greater Intelligence at work in the Universe than our own, one that can arranges things in ways we can’t foresee from our limited vantage point.

Bunny got Blog
Bunny got Blog

Very inspiring article.Taking risks is part of the adventure in life.