CREATE OPPORTUNITIES

One of the most important factors in creating
opportunities is to hold the belief that the universe is a place of unlimited
abundance.  If you believe that
opportunities are overflowing in your life on a daily basis, you are open to
receiving all the universe has to offer.  
On the other hand, if you believe abundance is a pie and
if one person takes a big piece, there isn’t enough left for you, you will
never achieve super success. 
Opportunities don’t come to you when you are living in a state of mind
dominated by fear and lack.
Make a commitment to yourself to be open to things showing
up from unexpected sources and in unconventional ways.   I have made this a cornerstone of my
life.  Incredible things have happened
for me since I have adopted the “open to anything coming into my life”
attitude.  So many, in fact, that I could
write a book about all the opportunities I’ve manifested by having this
attitude.  
I’m telling you…this is huge.  Don’t limit yourself by only accepting
opportunity if it looks exactly the way you expected.  Be specific about what you want, but not
attached to the package it shows up in or who delivers it.  
God always has a much bigger dream for you than what you have for
yourself.  By being too attached to the
outcome, you limit the true abundance available to you.  I remind myself of this with the phrase, “This
or something better.”  The better is
usually something totally beyond my conception.
I’ll give you a personal example.  I recently applied for a protégé program that
I really wanted to be a part of very much. 
There were hundreds of people trying to get one of ten openings.  After an initial phone interview, I filled
out a lengthy application and waited to hear from the approval committee.  
Little did I know this other business expertise I have is in high demand
in the marketplace now and they want me to develop a product around it.  This knowledge is so natural to me, it’s like
breathing.  I would have never imagined
it could make me a multi-millionaire!  
I would have totally missed the opportunity to provide a
great service to people, not to mention the opportunity to make a fortune, if I
was so focused on my current project I wasn’t open to looking in another
direction.
I understood I needed to be flexible and open to
unexpected opportunities that may show up looking a little or a lot different
than I had expected.  I said I would be
more than willing to take my current product and reposition it for another
market.  I wasn’t attached to the
title.  
It was shocking to find that many times, someone given an
opportunity like this says no because they’re so invested in what their
opportunity is going to look like that they convince themselves this isn’t it.
These are the same people who sit around wondering why they have such bad luck
that things just don’t happen for them!  
Opportunities for greatness require you to be unattached
to the outcome.  This example also brings
to light the fact that many times you don’t see your own special talents as
clearly as others do because to you they are just a part of who you are.  You r mentors see more in you than you see in
yourself.
If you ask super successful people if they are leading the
life they were meant to live, what do you think their answer would be?  Yes, of course!  Are you living the life you are meant to?  What would you be doing differently if you
knew you only had one year to live?  Why
aren’t you already doing it?  What are
you waiting for?
One of the easiest ways to create opportunities is through
effective networking and mastermind groups. 
Networking groups exist in nearly every city.  If you live somewhere that you can’t find
one, that’s no excuse for not networking. 
Start your own group!  Then you
have the luxury of picking all the members personally.

Action Step Create a Mastermind Group

When creating a mastermind group, look for like-minded
individuals with similar goals and values to yours.  Ultimately, you want to mastermind with
people that are already where you want to be. 
It’s not necessary that you have members in the same industry.  
If you are clear on what your needs are and what
challenges you want help with, you will be amazed at the resources you’ll find
in a good mastermind group.  You’ve now
created a network of all of the member’s spheres of influence as well, not just
the people in your group.  
Acting your way into a new way of being is a powerful
tool.  I can’t say enough about the value
of taking time each day to visualize your life the way you want it to be.  
Don’t ask yourself “why” questions.  Ask how and what, they will give you much
more powerful answers.  The best question
I can ask you to help you get the opportunities you want is, “If I was an all
powerful being in your field and I could solve any 3 problems for you, what
would they be? 
What could I help you achieve?”   
I learned this question from Lori Prokop, best selling
author and my mentor.  If you find
yourself responding with, “I don’t know”, my next question to you is, “I know
you don’t know, but if you did know, what would it be?”  Use the answers you come up with to create a
powerful statement of what you are currently working to achieve. 

Action Step Visualize Your Dream Life

Focus on where the opportunities you’ve created for
yourself in those five years have taken you. 
Experience fully what those opportunities have manifested in your
life.  Look around you now and see the
material manifestation of your success. 
What things have you surrounded yourself with?  
Are you driving the car of your dreams?  Do you have the latest electronic
equipment?  Have you taken vacations to
exotic places?  Are you wearing expensive
clothes and jewelry?  Do you collect
original art?  What are you doing with
your money now?
Remember each opportunity that has taken you through these
last five years to get you to the pinnacle of super success you are at
now.  How do you feel about
yourself?  Are you proud of yourself for
what you have accomplished?  
Did you acknowledge your fears and go forward anyway?  How have these accomplishments changed who
you have become?  What have these
opportunities allowed you to contribute to the world and the people who are
important to you?  

Look around and see what you have been able to manifest
because of the opportunities you created for yourself.  Where do you go from here?  Spend a few minutes in the middle of all your
accomplishments planning your next opportunity. 
By Lynn Pierce 

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