Many of you have heard me speak about saying “no” more often because you tend to say “yes” to too much.
This time will be different.
Now, don’t let this give you permission to start saying “yes” too much again. Remember Warren Buffett’s quote?
“The difference between successful people, and EXTREMELY successful people; is that extremely successful people say ‘No’ to almost everything!”
However, I have also seen people pass up on several opportunities, not because they aren’t for them, but because the person is not seeing the opportunity when it presents itself.
Were any of you during your dating days, just like me, where someone really liked you, but you were oblivious to it? Did they even try to make it more obvious? In many of those cases, I had blinders on because I only had my eyes set on one or two girls. However, I would later find out that the girls who tried to drop me hints were girls I would have dated at a drop of a hat.
The same thing is true of business or financial opportunities!
How to See the RIGHT Opportunities
Here are a few helpful hints to identify the right ones:
- Know when to say “no” – Be sure you aren’t saying “yes” because you don’t believe in abundance of opportunities. There are ALWAYS more than enough opportunities for you. Say “no” most of the time.
- Know what you REALLY want – Most don’t know what a good opportunity is because they don’t know what they want. Get very clear about what you want, write it down, and make sure the opportunity will help you get there.
- Be the kind of person to make that opportunity work – Most often, it doesn’t work out because you are not ready for it. Each day, do a morning routine to get yourself in a place physically, mentally, and spiritually where you not only see the opportunity, but you work productively to make it successful.
- Stay Focused – Once you pick it, stick with it! I see so many jumping from one opportunity to the next before they give it enough time to be successful. Be careful to make your decision in the beginning, and then stick with it, even when it gets tough (which it always will). Persistence pays greater dividends than giving up.
My challenged to you is to keep your eyes open to opportunities, but your eyes shut to distractions. This way, you won’t overcommit, go crazy, or go broke. Instead, the right opportunities will present themselves to you at the right times.