Commit to being open to opportunities showing up from unexpected sources and in unconventional ways. I'm telling you…this is huge. Don't limit yourself by only accepting opportunity if it looks exactly the way you expected. Be specific about what you want, but not attached to the package it shows up in or who delivers it.
One of the most important factors in creating opportunities is to hold the belief the Universe is a place of unlimited abundance. God always has a much bigger dream for you than what you have for yourself.
By being too attached to the outcome, you limit the true abundance available to you. I remind myself of this by using the phrase, "This or something better." The better is usually something totally beyond my conception.
I'll give you a personal example. I applied for a protégé program I really wanted to be a part of. There were hundreds of people vying for ten openings. I filled out a lengthy application and waited to hear from the approval committee.
When I was accepted, I was shocked and surprised to find it wasn't for my current project, it was for something on the application I hadn't even given a second thought to. I was just answering all the questions.
Little did I know this other business expertise is in high demand in the marketplace now and they wanted me to develop a product around it. This knowledge is so natural to me, it's like breathing. I would have never imagined it could potentially make me a multi-millionaire!
I would have totally missed the opportunity to provide a great service to people as "The Sales Therapist" if I was so focused on my current project I wasn't open to looking in another direction.
I understood being flexible and open to unexpected opportunities showing up looking a little or a lot different than expected. I was equally shocked to find many times, someone given this opportunity says no because they're so invested in what it should look like, they convince themselves this isn't it. These are the same people who sit around wondering why they have such bad luck!
Opportunities for greatness require being unattached to the outcome. This also brings up another fact. Many times you don't see your own special talents clearly because to you they are simply a part of who you are. You r mentors see more in you than you see in yourself.
If you ask successful people if they are leading the life of their dreams, what do you think their answer is? Yes, of course! Are you living the life of your dreams? What would you be doing differently if you knew you only had one year to live? Why aren't you already doing it? What are you waiting for?
One of the easiest ways to create opportunities is through effective networking and mastermind groups. Networking groups exist almost everywhere. If you live somewhere you can't find one, no excuses! Start your own group. Then you have the luxury of picking all the members personally.
Create a Mastermind Group
Look for like-minded individuals with similar goals and values. Ultimately, you want to mastermind with people already where you want to be. It's not necessary to have members in the same industry.
Be clear on your needs and what challenges you want help with. You'll be amazed at the resources you'll find in your mastermind. You've now created a network of containing the member's spheres of influence as well, not just the individuals in your group.
Acting your way into a new way of being is a powerful tool. I can't say enough about the value of taking time each day to visualize your life the way you want it to be.
Don’t ask "why" questions, ask "what". It gives you much more powerful answers. The best question I can ask to help you get the opportunities you want is, "If I were a genie and I could solve any 3 problems for you, what would they be? What could I help you achieve?"
If you respond with, "I don't know", my next question to you is, "I know you don't know, but if you did know, what would it be?" Use the answers you get to create a powerful statement of what you are want to achieve.
Visualize Your Dream Life
Close your eyes and take a deep breath. Take yourself to the dream life you are living 5 years from now. What do you see?
Focus on where the opportunities you've created in those five years have taken you. Experience fully what has manifested in your life. Look around and see the material manifestation of your success. What things have you surrounded yourself with?
What kind of car is in the garage? Do you have the latest electronic equipment? Do you have pictures of exotic vacations? Are you wearing expensive clothes and jewelry? Do you collect original art? What are you doing with your money?
Remember, each opportunity has taken you to the pinnacle of success you are at now. How do you feel about yourself? Are you proud of yourself for what you have accomplished?
Did you acknowledge your fears and go forward anyway? How have these accomplishments changed who you have become? What have these opportunities allowed you to contribute to the world and the people who are important to you?
Look around and see what you have been able to manifest because of the opportunities you created for yourself. Where do you go from here? Spend a few minutes in the middle of all your accomplishments planning your next opportunity.
P.S. I'll give you a tip about how to do this exercise that could make a 100% difference in the results you achieve. Talk into a tape recorder as you go through this visualization and record everything you see and feel. Listen to it daily.
Excerpted from the audio program "Getting to YES Without Selling, The YES system" by Lynn Pierce, The Sales Therapist
For more than 20 years, Lynn Pierce has been helping sales teams and entrepreneurs double their sales by uncovering their client's true needs and positioning their product as the only solution.
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