Is this the first thought that goes through your mind when presented with change? For many of us the fear of what change or a new opportunity will cost is the first thing we think about. Recently I met with a young man that was analyzing change in his business plan and needed some advice. Shortly into the conversation I realized the huge opportunity that lay ahead of him, however, he struggled to see past the potential increase of $300 a month. In fact, the potential increased cost of $300 was almost enough to keep him from the opportunity of earning hundreds of thousands of dollars of passive/residual income.
Not me! This is what you are thinking right? Well I hate to be the one to tell you this, but yes it is probably you too. Opportunity exists around each of us, and opportunity has no friends, shows no favor and does not discriminate in its availability to everyone. Just stop and think of some great inventions and business ideas. How many times have you thought to yourself, “I was just thinking about that!”, or, “I thought about that years ago!”? There you go! The same opportunity that existed for the great innovators and business men and women of our age also exists for you.
What is the difference between those that realize the opportunities and those that let it pass them by? I have found that the great achievers were those that focused on the opportunities before they focused on the cost. When you allow yourself to dream and cast vision towards a thought, idea or new model of doing things you allow your mind to find the vast opportunities that exist. You allow yourself to see the massive revenues that can be made with changing the way you do business. You allow yourself to find solutions in your market place that bring new innovations to life. You allow yourself to believe in the possibility of a great innovation.
The opposite is true as well. The majority of people focus on the cost first. How much more is this going to cost? How many clients will I lose? What if I fail? Can I afford this? What will others think? And the list goes on and on. These are the questions that most people ask themselves before they ever allow the opportunities that exist to be analyzed. When you start with the focus on the cost or the hurdles, the likelihood of realizing your dream is slim.
Make yourself a promise to start dreaming. Find every ounce of good in each change and opportunity; then once you realize the opportunities that exist allow yourself to weigh the cost. I am sure that if you start living your life with this outlook you will be amazed at what opportunities you will turn into reality in the near future!
If you fail to realize the opportunity before the cost, you will probably never get past the cost to see the opportunities.