I don’t know about you, but I find I regret the things I didn’t do more than the things I did. Since I completed my Life Coaching course, I’ve been setting goals and setting out to achieve them. This has led me to do more things than I thought possible. So when opportunity knocks for you, are you listening?

Opportunity knocks

Yesterday, I achieved one of this years goals: to see Col Chris Hadfield live, and attend a meet and greet with him. I posted some of the images of the event online, and many of the reactions were of the “lucky you” type.

The thing is, it wasn’t luck. It was about looking out for the opportunity and taking it when it’s presented. In this case, on Thursday’s Ticketmaster sends out an email letting subscribers know what tickets are going to be released for the different events that they cover. When I went to book the ticket, there was the opportunity to take part in a meet and greet session as well. The chance to meet one of my hero’s? Heck, yes! Was it that easy? Er no.

My dad lives with us, and I have a young son, so someone has to be at home to watch them whilst I travelled the 2 hours to get to Dublin. Fortunately, my husband is around at weekends to step in. If the event had been during the week, it would have been more challenging.

Being open to opportunities

So, are you keeping an eye out for the type of opportunity you’re looking for? You may want to win the lottery, but first, to have a minimal chance of winning you have to buy a ticket. The same applies to every other opportunity out there.

To be open to the opportunities out there, first you need to know what opportunities you’re looking for. Be clear about what you want in the first place. As Dr Phil on TV says: you have to name it to claim it.

Next, be aware of how these opportunities manifest themselves, for example if you want to work for a specific company, where do they post recruitment opportunities? Is there a specific time of the year when these are posted? For example internships are posted early in the university year.

Taking opportunities

Being open to opportunities and seeking them out is one thing. Taking them is another.

What stops many people from taking the opportunities presented to them is fear. Pure and simple.

I know. It’s happened to me. My first business coach and my life coach both wanted me to videos for my business, but my fear of other peoples judgements of them stopped me from doing this. However, after attending a workshop in September, I started doing Facebook live sessions, and since then, my business has moved forward. As it turns out, the people who I want to work with don’t really care what I look like, just that I know what I’m talking about and that they like and trust me to do the job. I was worried about nothing.

Finally

If you think there has to be more to life, then yes, you’re right. I’m a Life and Executive Coach that sets goals and sees them through. If you want help to do the same, then get in touch.