“Opportunity is as scarce as oxygen; men fairly breathe it and do not know it.”
— Doc Sane
“There is far more opportunity that there is ability.”
— Thomas A Edison
“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.”
— the Bible, Matthew 7:7-8
“There’s not enough to go around.”
“You’ve got to get yours while the gettin’s good.”
“Getting your fair share is getting harder all the time.”
“There’s no jobs out there.”
“The government needs to stay out of the economy!”
“The government needs to come in and fix this economy, NOW!”
“If it weren’t for President _________ (Obama, Bush, Clinton, Kennedy, FDR, Lincoln), and all the bad decisions, this country would be doing well.”
“Now is not the time to take any chances because the economy is so bad.”
“The world is going to hell in a handbasket.”
“We’re gonna wait until the economy turns around before we do that.”
This is just a tip of the iceberg sampling of the kinds of comments I have heard all my life. They have nothing to do with the current economic conditions, or even today’s date and time. I call them timeless pessimism because it doesn’t matter how good things are or how bad things are, the people who make these comments do not see opportunities, they see problems.
When all you see are problems, there is little hope in the world. So, such a common thing as an opportunity hasn’t a chance to be recognized. And, when someone who used to look at problems changes their point of view, it is amazing how many opportunities just come out of thin air. Truth is, they are always here and always around and always opportunities, whether we see them as such is purely our own perspective, which is our current view of our life.
It is a fact that people who focus on problems, continually find more problems to focus on and conversely, people who focus on opportunities, continually find more opportunities to focus on. It is interesting the way that this works, don’t you think?
Those who would like to change to be able to see more opportunities can easily do so by letting go of problems. Here’s some steps that will help:
1. Stop watching all the news on TV, Talk Radio, Newspapers and the Internet. A little of that goes a very long way. It is a serious challenge to be positive in a negatively projected world and the mass media offers a negatively projected world.
2. Be grateful. Start becoming grateful for everything. Start with the easy stuff and then work up to the other stuff. Expand your gratitude every day. When you’re grateful for what you have, that is a very, very powerful place to get to.
3. Get excited. The Internet is only about 15 years old! Personal computers are only about 30 years old, and only really popular in the last 20. Facebook is only a few years old, and Twitter even younger. There is so much going on in the world that is good. Cell phones with video. I just saw a statistic that said that the average cell phone is less than 2 years old! Wow. That’s a lot of cell phone sales. When one thing goes away, there is always something to replace it and many times, many things to replace that one thing. The opportunities are coming faster than ever!
4. Be willing to change. When you really think about it, the only thing that is absolutely certain is change. Everything is changing. Nothing rests. If you are not wanting things to change, you are looking for the impossible. Get over it. Change is the name of the game and you are the player. So play! Become a change embracer. As Anthony Robbins says when change is upon him, “What’s good about this?”
The seat belt sign has been turned off. . . and. . .
You are now free to move about the cabin. . .
My Opportunities Are Endless. So Many To Choose!
Spread Some Joy Today–Begin today where you are and become more grateful for everything in your life. Turn off the news and start praising instead of complaining. Opportunities will start popping up all around you.