How to recognize opportunity and plant seeds of success
When it comes to goal setting, we often don’t know what we don’t know. And, what you don’t know can- and most likely will- hurt you by limiting or compromising your success.
Therefore, in order to achieve success by goal setting, it’s important to follow these 3 steps:
- First, recognize opportunity.
Well, how do you recognize opportunities? Why not start on focusing to create opportunities for others. Some of your best opportunities will be born from your desire to create opportunity for others. Work at building relationships with people, and opportunities will follow. Many people allow opportunities to pass them by or just don’t see them at all because they are focusing in the wrong direction- inwardly!
Some entrepreneurs will tell you that if you see a growth opportunity that you should risk it all and jump in with both feet. However, I am more prone to be cautious. Use your personal discretion.
Nevertheless, the fact is that the world is plump with opportunity. With boldness and conviction, stick a fork into the goals you want by being decisive. Look around, opportunity is knocking – are you willing to open the door and let it in?
- Second, form plans and strategies that leverage the opportunity.
It’s easy to come up with goals, but not having a plan and a strategy is like setting sail without a map! Having a goal and having a dream produce different results. A goal without a deadline is just a dream.
A goal without a plan is just a wish.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
- Develop the necessary skills needed to execute those strategies.
This is often the hardest part for most people because it requires work to achieve those goals. Even the best ideas in the world are of no value until they are implemented. It’s essential to become a resourceful person and to learn from other people’s experiences.
In order to achieve success in business and in life, you’re going to be required to work hard and be resilient (because there are going to be long days where things don’t go as planned). Flexibility and the ability to bounce back is a wonderful personal quality. Flexible people are able to adjust to changes and adapt to transitions. They do not entrench themselves in restrictive, reactive attitudes and opinions. They are quick to embrace important and necessary adjustments. They don’t feel the need to fight, resist, contend or rebel. They respond to change positively and enthusiastically.
Flexible people are more productive, happier, and more helpful than rigid people. They are team players. They have a genuine “whatever it takes” attitude.
Overall, goals are the seeds of success– you become only what you plant. The quality of your harvest is a direct reflection of the quality of your seeds!