Preparation – The Law of True Opportunities

Opportunities are Gifts

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True opportunities are the results of alignment with our internal gifts and the happenings in the world.  They are neither accidental nor coincidental.  Just like talents alone, true opportunities are gifts.  Our abilities to benefit from them is the cause-and-effect reward for doing the right things, at the right time, for the right reasons.  In other words, I believed, I planned, I prepared, I searched, I found and I took action.

Some opportunities sit patiently on a shelf waiting to be discovered and claimed by opportunity shoppers who are willing to pay the price.  There are no special requirements for acquiring the gift except that the purchaser is willing to pay the price.  From then on, the investment creates an incentive to do something meaningful with the opportunity.

There are also legacy opportunities tucked away in a safe place, for the right time, like a dowry or inheritance.  Others are the gifts of our potential.  Still others are gifts of love and attention.

Talent is both a gift and an opportunity.  It’s like a seed waiting to be planted and watered so it can grow to maturity, harvested and put to its intended use.  Talent comes with a purpose.  The purpose of an apple seed is to grow into an apple tree that produces apples.  Talents are the seeds of our lives.

There’s something even more important than just recognizing our gifts and opportunities — full understanding and use of them.  To do this, some key connections must be made.  Let’s call it the Opportunity Progression…

  • Talents – the innate gifts of “potential.” We’re all born with unique sets of abilities.
  • Potential – the God-given gift that enables everything we do AND gives hints about our possibilities.
  • Possibility – the gift of “hope.”  Hope is the attitude of expectations for a better future.
  • Hope – the gift that is built on trust, strengthens faith and inspires courage.
  • Courage – the gift that inspires and fuels action – both proactive a reactive.  Proactive courage leads to preparation.  The reactive gift is the courage to respond.  We need both types of courage.
  • Action – the gift that relies on our inner voice – the gift conscience.
  • Conscience – God’s voice of “purpose.”  It answers the purpose question “Why me?”  Purpose is the gift that reveals true opportunities and redirects action to be focused on right actions.  As such, conscience is the voice of character.
  • YOUR True Opportunities – those opportunities that successfully pass through the entire Opportunity Progression.

The Opportunity Tragedy

Lost and wasted opportunities are one human tragedy we all experience.  At this very moment you are on the brink of missing one because you are unaware, afraid, confused, uncommitted, distracted, ungrateful, arrogant and/or uninformed and therefore, unwilling to claim this opportunity.  Although these are the causes of breakdowns in the Opportunity Progression, there is one simple explanation that covers them all…

Lack of preparation is the cause of lost opportunities.
Preparation is a choice.
Therefore, the loss of opportunities is a choice.

We are who we are and where we are because of the daily choices we make regarding our personal preparation.  The loss of opportunities is the result of not spending enough of our finite resources becoming ready.  What areas of preparation am I referring to?

  • Wisdom – where knowledge, context and experience come together.
  • Beliefs – where wisdom joins with perspective, trust and confidence to form a foundation of truth.
  • Values – the beliefs that matter most to one or more individuals based on personal or shared relevance.
  • Attitudes – the way we feel about our beliefs determines the choices and quality of our actions.
  • Understanding – the ability to form judgments based on knowledge and circumstances.
  • Relationships – the way people interact, align, work and bond with one another.
  • Awareness – recognizing and understanding the events and opportunities around us.
  • Skills – the developed aptitudes, abilities and power to do something with competence.

The more we invest in ALL of these areas, the more valuable opportunities will be accessible to us.  It’s a matter of one choice — to prepare or not prepare, that is the question!

— CC


What is “What If?”

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Once An Ancient Mind Game

Now a Life-Changing Adventure Game for Career Professionals

Everyone plays this game more than they admit.  For some it’s mostly from a negative perspective. What if I get lost? What if it doesn’t work? What if I don’t like it? What if I fail? What if people laugh? What if, what if, …? Such negative self-talk is a game of fear that causes us to talk ourselves out of life’s opportunities Today, the Game Changers Team of Wright Cross Performance Group is pleased to announce a brand new edition of What If? Let’s Play!

ROUND #1 – “The Practice Round”

The object of the game is to use four What if? Power Questions to knock down Negativity and out of the game. Your first move is to think of a hypothetical opportunity that involves Going Someplace, Doing Something, Learning Something, Meeting Someone, Discovering Something, Acquiring Something, and/or Experiencing Something. Maybe it’s the chance to develop a new skill or have a little fun. Next, within the context of your opportunity, answer the first What If? Question (Q1) by choosing the favorable outcomes you desire from such an opportunity. Unlike Chance Cards in the game of Monopoly, all of the What IF? Outcomes are positive AND you can choose as many as you want. How cool is that?

Q1: “What if I choose to grab this opportunity – what positive outcomes will I want and expect from it?

Influence Money Knowledge Momentum Strategy
Clarity/Focus Insight Efficiency Effectiveness Plan/Goals
Motivation Peace of Mind Fun Excitement Pleasure
Strength Confidence Inspiration Self Esteem Accountability
Referrals/Leads Relationships Teammates Friendships Faith
Opportunities Solutions Improvements Direction Options
Ideas Suggestions Resources Processes Systems
Growth Decisions Resolution Relief Vision/Dream
Methods Resources Tools Techniques Skills

After answering your What If? Opportunity Question, answer each of the following What If? Consequence Questions. Your answers will reveal the solution that wins the game.

Q2: “What if these outcomes were truly possible – then why would they be important to me?”

Q3: “What if I DO NOT take advantage of my opportunity – then how will I feel?”

Q4: “What if I DO and then actually realize one or more of my expected outcomes – them how will I feel?”


ROUND #2 – “Playing for Keeps”

Practice is good, but a real opportunity is better.  In this round, repeat the four power questions with a real “What If? Opportunity such as Prepare to Win!   This half-day workshop on November 4, 2014, featuring Tom Ziglar (son of Zig Ziglar) is a live event to help you grow personally and professionally and build professional relationships.  Once again, unlike Monopoly, the What If? Outcomes are heavily stacked in your favor.  So much so that you could experience ALL of your chosen outcomes, but only if you play by the rules of the new edition of What If?  The longer you play the old negative edition, the longer you will procrastinate and miss out on the available benefits of Prepare to Win!  It’s an opportunity you can’t afford to miss.

Claim it now at:  WrightCrossPerformanceGroup.com

 

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