As I was drinking my early cup of coffee, looking over the lake this morning a bird flew into the living room. With floor length windows on one side the bird in a frenzy flew against them again and again to try and get out, banging his head, fluttering furiously away from me in my attempts to guide him to the open door.
Which led me to think of this parallel.
In life we work towards what we think is the light, or freedom, focusing our attention on the light beyond the window – What we can easily see.
We try to fly beyond the window, but we’re metaphorically knocked back by the glass, or obstacles which are in our way.
What we fail to see because we are so focussed on getting out through to the big known light, is the smaller patch of light left field of centre.
It’s the window of opportunity.
If we could just open our eyes to the bigger picture more often, look off centre and jump at the not so obvious opportunities, just think how much more we’d be able to achieve or understand?
Focus can be altered
I loved this short video for the new Skoda on YouTube – it’s awesome – just shows exactly what you focus your attention on is what you will really ‘see’.
Meaning of Opportunity
I looked up the meaning of the word opportunity : “A time or set of circumstances that makes it possible to do something.”
5 Tips for opening yourself up to new ideas and new opportunities
- Look for opportunities in a tough situation – instead of feeling beaten, be ready for any new opportunities the situation might throw up.
- Talk to people you meet in the lift, or on the bus. Ask them what they do.
- Start something which in your head you’re thinking: “It’s really too late for me to start doing this.”
- Make friends with someone who is ‘not just like you.’
- Attend a conference or a networking event and collect at least 5 new business cards. Follow up the leads and actively make new connections.