“Opportunity dances with those already on the dance floor.”
~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
This happens to be one of my favorite mind hacks and if you can manage to
retrain your brain to this perspective you will leave other people in the dust.
It is 100% a learned perspective and it stems from the power of choice.
Unfortunately, most people resist it vehemently. Why? Because
neurologically we’re not wired to find opportunity in every situation.
When you can see opportunity everywhere and in everything the world
opens up to you. You will have, in essence, shifted your perspective to look
for that which benefits you at all times. That goes against our nature of
learned helplessness. But if you can train yourself in this manner, you will
begin to maximize your influence over life as opposed to life dominating
Will you take the lead over your life or will you find reasons to succumb
to defeat and old patterns of thinking? Opportunity is nothing more than
creative perspective. Aristotle reminded us that...
“Nothing is good or bad but thinking makes it so”.
It is by your power of thinking, or lack thereof, that you will determine your
own future. Will you entertain this possibility for a moment or will you immediately block it out due to fear and stubbornness. Fear and stubbornness thwart evolution. It’s not always easy to be openminded but it is beneficial. And even when there are times you honestly cannot find opportunity in a particular situation, especially a negative situation (which often is just a perspective), at least you can say you were mature enough to try.
Opportunity is everywhere. It’s a lens from which to view situations in order to advance and excel despite initial emotional interpretation. If you can train yourself to be an opportunity seeker, you will surely be a happier and more successful person. Each tragic situation gives us an opportunity to become more resilient. We just have to decide to meet the challenge.
Excerpt from Maximize Your Super Powers.
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