In a culture that is obsessed with "doing what you love" and "staying in your strength zone," people are always looking for the next best thing as they consider the most effective way to invest their time and talent. And while I am young enough to understand this lop-sided self-help movement of willing your way to success on your own merit, I am also old enough to respect and value the virtue of hard work and keeping first things first. That said, here is a simple formula (from my personal experience) on finding new opportunities.
In short, two words cover it all: be proactive. But, since you're probably looking for a little more value than just those two words, here is a list of ideas, each being just two words, that sum up what I mean by being proactive.
1. Seek God.
2. Pray daily.
3. Meet people.
4. Build relationships.
5. Work hard.
6. Give more.
7. Stay positive.
8. Be patient.
9. Have faith.
This list obviously does not share how, when, or where, those opportunities will present themselves. I don't have it all figured out, nor do you. You have to be okay with taking care of what you can control and letting go of the rest. Great stories aren't created by people knowing all of the details to their story before their story unfolds.
My main advice would be to remember your values and focus forward. A life well lived is one big learning experience. So, give yourself permission grow. You can't see a new opportunity ahead of you if you're focused on what's behind you.
I'll leave you with an affirmation I read aloud each day that helps me remain positive and opportunistic: "I am consistently presented with new opportunities and successes!"
Love you guys. Let's grow.
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