Everyone is working so hard these days to make more money and survive this recession, including myself. We’re laser focused on acquiring the actual dollars and cents to pay our bills that most, I’m afraid, are forgetting how money really flows to us.
Money flows to us in the form of opportunities.
When you have your nose to the grindstone, going through the motion of making a living, you’re more than likely missing opportunities that are presented to you throughout each day versus when you’re engaged and truly present in the moment.
It’s time to slow down, open your eyes and really start paying attention to the “signs” that show up.
What opportunities have you missed out on today?
Did you shut down the person who tried to make contact with you at the coffee shop this morning? Did you choose not to take the call from a friend, opting to work…work…work instead? Did you dismiss yet another volunteer project that came your way because you just don’t have the time?
When was the last time you reached out to someone else and offered help or support? When was the last time you shook up your routine and tried something new? Have you spoken to your neighbor lately? What about that long lost friend?
How many times did you say ‘no’ today?
Sometimes you have to take the time to create the opportunity.
A customer of mine from Aspen asked me to spend time reviewing his website content earlier this week as a favor. It was 1:30 am, and I was tired from working all day. Needless to say, it would have been easier to blow off his request and just go to bed.
Instead, I stayed up longer and took the hour needed to provide solid feedback and offer my opinion.
Meanwhile, I’d been fretting about my upcoming trip to Aspen and where I’d find the extra $3,000 I needed to get there and really enjoy an extended stay.
The “opportunity” to help my client out auditing his website for free resulted in a grateful phone call the following morning. The first words out of his mouth were, “Can I please pay for all your expenses to come out to Aspen so you can help me with my website?”
Holy Moly! Done!
A few weeks ago, my friend invited me to a “preview” for a personal development course. During this overview presentation, I learned some wonderful new techniques that would prove beneficial in both my personal and business life.
I really wanted to attend the full weekend course.
As I was thinking about whether or not I should just go ahead and register for the pricey course in spite of being on a strict budget, my generous friend tapped me on the shoulder, pulled me aside and told me that she really wanted to treat me to this course if I was interested in attending.
Holy Moly! Done!
Last night, I connected via phone with a new friend and fellow resort-entrepreneur who I met online. The conversation lasted well over an hour, and I have a sneaky suspicion that we’ll be working together in one form or another in 2012. Instead of being rushed because of my never-ending to-do list, I took the time to be fully engaged in our conversation.
Who knows where it will lead, but I have a good feeling that’s another opportunity in the making.
Opportunities may not produce actual dollars in your pocket, but they produce riches nonetheless.
I’m most certainly a “pay-it-forward” kind of gal, so I’m guessing that’s one reason these opportunities continue to pop-up. But, I also know it would have been easy – because of my workload — to stay hunkered down, work some more and concentrate only on me and my stuff.
When you start saying yes to opportunities and invitations that show up, you may be surprised at the riches coming your way in return (and riches don’t have to mean cold hard cash).
You may win a laptop. You may get a special treat. You may receive advice that you really needed to hear…advice that changes your course and opens more doors.
Stay open to the possibilities today.