Opportunities

Have you ever had an opportunity come to you that it was so scary it could work that you decided not to act?  Unfortunately I’ve done that several times in my life.  NEVER AGAIN.

After my recently missed opportunity, I decided to search for quotes that will set me straight for future references.  Would like to share these with you so that you will understand that although scary, sometimes you have to take the risk as it will give you big reward.

I hope these inspire you to continue to pursue your goals personally and professionally:

“Failure is only the opportunity more intelligently to begin again.”
―― Henry Ford

“We often miss opportunity because it’s dressed in overalls and looks like work”
―― Thomas A. Edison

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”
―― Winston S. Churchill

“I believe that every single event in life happens in an opportunity to choose love over fear.”
―― Oprah Winfrey

“Teachers Open The Doors, But You Must Enter By Yourself.” –- Chinese Proverb

“I Feel That Luck Is Preparation Meeting Opportunity.” -– Oprah Winfrey

“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” –Albert Einstein

“Opportunities always look bigger going than coming.” –Anonymous

“Every moment wasted looking back, keeps us from moving forward.” –Hillary Clinton

“To hell with circumstances; I create opportunities.” –Bruce Lee

This quote by Warren Buffet really hit home for me because although I retreat more on my pessimistic side, I know it’s the opportunistic side that will set the tone for how I want my daughter to chase her dreams.

For my Courtney:

“Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” –Warren Buffett

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The Resolution Revolution: Set Small Standards

It’s always the same thing every year: “I’m going to lose these last ten pounds.”  You set out of the gym the first of January with the same group of people making and breaking those resolutions after a week.  Who actually LIKES going to the gym?!  Yeah… there are some people that eventually turn into “gym rats” but it doesn’t always work that way with most.  It’s time we cater our resolutions towards things that we LIKE to do and that makes us feel great.

We can better access our goals by finding alternative solutions that we wouldn’t mind doing in order to accomplish what we want to obtain.  Instead of going to the gym, something most hate doing, we do something more actively fun such as a dance class or riding a bike up a more challenging trail.  These things can make the world of a difference if you have a friend to enjoy as well.  Make a friendly competition out of sprints to see who gets the fastest time or push each other so you can accurately stretch to do yoga poses.

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Being aware of what you want to accomplish, especially if it’s the same thing every year, can help you figure out “trade-ins” that will progressively get you to your end goal.

Why Communication is Essential

Communication.  The process of how we exchange information through verbal and non-verbal (body language) acts.  Without communication, we can not truly express ourselves.  It would also be very difficult to accomplish anything in life.

On that note, I will try to be brief in this post.  When I read articles with attention-grabbing titles, I look for the bread and butter of the article such as a title called “The 4 skills you need to…” I go ahead and scan the article for those four skills.

1. When communicating with one or more people, you must be sure to get your idea clearly across to them.  It is an important factor in relationships, friendships, partnerships, business, projects, task, goals, plans, and transactions.

2. In business, not responding in a timely manner is a huge mistake! Respond in a timely manner.  If we are sending emails back and forth right away and it takes two days to respond to a simple yes or no question, then you are at fault and delaying the business process.  Bad or no communication costs time and money and we cannot afford to lose either one.

3. It is a big responsibility to venture out on your own and go into business for yourself.  I applaud and respect you, as long as you realize that everything falls on you and your decisions.  You MUST reply and respond to all calls, texts, and emails when it deals with business on behalf of your brand, no matter what the response may say.  Not responding at all speaks volumes on how you run your business and it looks bad to the public when you neglect communicating.

4. Ask questions when given an assignment, offered a job, or in a position to make a major decision in one area of your life.  Communicating, after all, involves two people conversing to understand one main idea.