Last week I explained that I do not believe in being lucky. I believe that the ‘lucky people’ in life are the ones whose persistent work has prepared them for timely opportunities; that they recognised and made the most of. Last week I also described the mental preparations that assist us in reaching our ambitions. This week I give you a step by step guide to physically preparing yourself for those opportunities; that always come your way.
Knowing and owning up to your ambitions can be a frightening task. If you have 1001 ideas and multiple skills or talents, write your ideas and abilities down on a piece of paper. Circle the skill or talent you absolutely love using or sharing with others. This will probably be the skill/ talent you will do, even if you are not going to be paid to do it. Then look at your list of idea/s and find the one that repeatedly pops into your mind; it’s okay if there is more than one. With a new list highlighting the skill / talent you absolutely love (the one you would do for free) and those ideas that repeatedly keeps popping into your mind; put the list somewhere safe, away from preying eyes and make sure it doesn't get dirty, torn or wet. Look at it as often as you feel too.
At some point (God knows when) you will have a light bulb moment that brings forth extreme clarity to ideas /skills on the list. Here you will know how to achieve your ambitions and what you should start doing in order to get there. Write this down on paper and start being pro active; with positivity. You physical and mental preparations are going to help you out in the long run.
Ensure your CV and references are effective and up to date. Ask yourself, how can I build my knowledge and how I can best use my skill/talent? Would it benefit you to increase your education or gain qualifications? Have you researched your ambition? Is somebody already doing what you are doing? How are they doing it? How did they start out? More locally, look through Google to find associated business in your area. Are there any similarities or differences in what you are choosing to do?
Next step. Do you have a portfolio of your work? If not get one or update the one you already had. If you need new content for your portfolio ask your family or friends if you can test your talent, skill or ambition on them. Then, ask them to write a few lines about what you did and how well you did it (or contact your local Voluntary and Community Sector support service, they may be happy for you to share your skill with a local community group that would benefit most). Invest in your ambition by doing these actions and you’ll soon see an opportunity that will enable you to go to the next level (or you’ll be what some people call lucky).
Step 1 – Get mentally ready. Step 2 – Do your research; improve your portfolio and knowledge in the area. Step 3 – Practice your talent, skill, knowledge on family, friends or community. Step 4 – Continue to repeat steps one to three. The opportunity will come. Just trust.
The future is bright my friends; I always make things happen and you do to.
My name is Elen B and I am Grateful
I walk with a note pad because typing in my phone does not compare to writing my thoughts, insights and epiphany's in ink.