Many years ago, one of my teachers and mentors told me that we advance ourselves, as individuals and as a people, either out of opportunity or out of need.
Most of us tend to get into a comfort zone very quickly, complaining about our lot, yet, still doing the same things day in and day out. We might not like what we’re doing or the so-called rewards for doing it but it’s what we know and the alternative, doing what we don’t know, well, that’s far too scary to even consider.
I spoke about challenging yourself in the Paradigm Shift course. When you’re in your comfort zone, you still have the choice to make changes in your lives, at your own pace. Should you decide to consciously and purposefully challenge yourself to change or grow or do something different, you will be operating out of opportunity.
But what happens if you lose your job, or your company closes down, or you need to take three months off to nurse your sick mother? What happens when life itself takes you out of your comfort zone? Now you need to change things and you need to change them in a hurry. You’re operating out of necessity.
It is interesting to note that there are always signs indicating change, if you’re aware and know how to read them. And, over time, with practise, you will get better at picking up the signals that tell you to get your butt in gear before the universe kicks it into gear. What those signs are will be different from person to person and situation to situation. It may be a gut feel that the proverbial muck is about to hit the fan. You may suddenly become aware of other people in your company changing jobs or finding other ways of creating an income. Be aware of the subtle changes in your environment or the people whose company you usually keep.
Most of all, be aware of yourself. You know yourself better than anyone else could. You know when you’re settling for second best. You know when you should change your habits and activities.
Operate out of opportunity and you will always be ahead of the game. Preparing yourself for potential crisis (even small ones), mean you will be able to handle life much better than those poor people who don’t know what swooped down and hit them.
Evaluate your life on a regular basis, always being open to new possibilities, new opportunities, different approaches that may serve you better. Living out of habit isn’t really living. Robots can do that. You owe it to yourself to live fully, to live in awareness, and to live awesomely 🙂
Opportunities wink at you everyday. Dare to wink back.