I love the saying, “You can’t steal in slow motion!” There are two great implications of this statement:
1. The best opportunities in life often have a short window of participation and we either take advantage of the opportunity or it’s lost.
2. We better be prepared. When we wait for the opportunity without preparing, it will be gone before we are ready to capitalize on it.
My pastor, Daniel Floyd, who recently published his first book Living the Dream, made mention of this very thought this Sunday. He said, “There are opportunities of a lifetime and there is a lifetime for opportunities.” When an opportunity exists we better be prepared to take full advantage of it or else it will die. What I find is that most opportunities of a lifetime are MISSED OPPORTUNITIES How many times have you heard a story about THE opportunity that was missed? I know I have heard stories of missed opportunities more than I have heard stories of seized opportunities.
Why is this? I would suggest that in most cases it is from a lack of preparation. Some call the opportunity of lifetime a lucky break, and we often consider the person that has captured a great opportunity a lucky person. I would agree with this logic but only with the following definition of luck:
“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” – Seneca, Roman Philosopher
Although it may seem like some people are just lucky, the vast majority of successful people are simply PREPARED! Once we realize that opportunity exists in equal supply for all, it’s merely a game of who can become more prepared. This is why I continually write about self education and becoming an expert at what you do.
I am amazed at the opportunities that exist around us. In fact, I turn more opportunities away in a week than many will see in years. Why? Because I am CONSTANTLY looking for opportunities.
As I stated above, you must prepare before the opportunity comes along. A simple example of this would be purchasing a home. I have represented many clients that have missed out on great opportunities because they were not prepared. They were either not pre-qualified with a lender, had not done enough research on the area, didn’t understand the process thus were fearful, etc. Preparation means looking ahead at what you want and where you want to be and getting ahead of the opportunity. Then when others are busy analyzing and preparing to take advantage, you have already captured the opportunity and are moving forward! NO SLOW MOTION FOR YOU!
I spend many hours in thought and prayer about where and how God would have my time and life spent. Why do I do this? Well of course I want to fulfill my God-given purpose in life, but I also know that if I don’t focus on where I want to be I will simply never get there. You see, in order to prepare for opportunity you have to identify what they look like before they exist. Then when your preparation meets your opportunity you can be the LUCKY one!
The hype that people or businesses are overnight successes. Trust me, they are not! Every success has a story and 99% of the time you will find strong preparation and hard work with long hours prior to the “overnight” success.
So remember, there is purpose in the waiting! Use your wait time wisely so you will be fully prepared to embrace opportunity when it comes knocking. When you decide what you want in life and prepare accordingly, you too can become the lucky one.
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