Confidence Booster Series: Seize the Opportunity
“If someone offers you a great opportunity and you’re not sure you can do it, say yes – then learn how to do it later.” – Richard Branson
Have you ever been presented with an amazing opportunity and then didn’t take that leap of faith, only to regret it later? I can relate to doing this throughout my life and those missed chances have become valuable life lessons I continue to reflect on.
As I travel further down the path of becoming more confident in myself, I am more open and apt to say yes to the great opportunities that come my way. I’ll even say yes if I’m afraid or unsure that I can pull it off. In fact, the opportunities that scare me the most are the ones that have proven to unveil the most meaningful rewards on the other side.
Missed opportunities can occur for a number of reasons. Perhaps it is fear that gets in the way, or maybe procrastination is at play. Sometimes the door closes because we believe that holding out for the ‘big’ break is better than wasting time with the smaller stepping stones.
When we consistently put one foot in front of the other and say yes to the smaller openings, we build our confidence and become more receptive to the opportunities that can be intimidating.
Not all opportunities we grab hold of will play out as we hoped or expected, and that’s okay. It is empowering to seize them regardless of what the outcome may be. Give yourself a well-deserved pat on the back for having the courage to go after the steps that are in line with your hopes and dreams. Sometimes that is what the lesson is about, to trust and have faith in yourself to show up and try ‘your’ best.
I was recently offered the chance to attend the Miami Book Fair International. In my eyes, I was being offered a huge opportunity. I just needed to say yes in order to jar the door open to explore these new exciting stepping stones of experience in my career. There were a number of valid reasons that could have stopped me from going, the greatest being fear of the unknown.
I can’t begin to tell you how happy I am that I said yes and was able to seize this opportunity at this time in my life. I made some amazing connections with some really wonderful people. This experience opened my eyes to many new doors of possibility I never would have known about if I had dismissed this opportunity. Most of all, it gave me a renewed sense of confidence and faith in my ability to shine for who I am.
Whenever we seize an opportunity in our personal or professional life that has us wondering, WHAT IF? There is a good possibility we will open up new and exciting doors as a result. If this isn’t the case, we still get to experience the win of being brave. We also begin to notch up our comfort zone a bit, so that the next time a great opportunity comes our way, it becomes easier to say, WHY NOT? If you are ready to take your life to the next level in a certain area, see what happens when you stay open and receptive to opportunities that are in line with your hopes and dreams.
Have a look at the times in your life you have jumped in with both feet and remember what that feeling was like. Then compare that to the times you have allowed fear or excuses to hold you back from what you know in your heart you want the most. When we create awareness of our patterns, it becomes easier to catch ourselves when we begin feeling stuck or disempowered.
So this week, enjoy some time self-reflecting on your life journey. Make a list to identify what some of your stopping places are, as well as what your greatest sources of inspiration include. This is a powerful step in encouraging you to break free of the things that hold you back. Make the commitment to yourself to say ‘YES’ the next time an amazing opportunity comes your way. Instead of regretting a missed chance, see what happens when you seize the opportunity before you.
Believe in Yourself – ❤ Emily
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