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When An Opportunity Presents, Do You Seize The Moment?

When an opportunity presents to further your career, do you;

  • Seize the moment and grab it with both hands or
  • Do you retreat wishing you had the courage to say YES.

Why is it that so many of us have fallen for the curse of the shrinking violet at some point in our pursuit of leadership success?

So… you have been presented an opportunity that you know is perfect. It is the thing that will help you to move forward, take the next step toward your career aspiration or give you the experience that you have been looking for …. but instead of jumping at it with determination and gusto, you retreat to the comfort of what you already know.

I have heard it all from the women in leadership who I work with. It doesn’t seem to matter what level of experience that they are at or how much success they have had in the past; self doubt, procrastination and inaction are an evil companion that hold many extraordinary women back.

The truth is that success has come to the great leaders of our time by saying YES and grabbing the opportunities as they arise.

One of the most powerful lessons I have learnt from the mentors I have surrounded myself with in recent years is to: “Say YES and then work out how!”

And I can tell you that there are times when I wanted to run and hide, stay with what was safe and comfortable or stick with my automatic gut reaction to say NO … but if I had done that I would not have enjoyed the exhilaration that comes from achieving those things that I really wanted to do.

I have found that there is always someone out there who will support me, guide me and stand by me while I conjure up the courage … I just need to be willing to ask.

Opportunities are fleeting. If we don’t take action on them they will pass or be taken up by someone else. And how much does that hurt… seeing someone else doing the thing that you really wanted for yourself??

I came across this quote today and thought it sums this idea up really well.

"Be willing to make decisions. That's the most important quality in a good leader. Don't fall victim to what I call the ready-aim-aim-aim-aim syndrome. You must be willing to fire." — T. Boone Pickens

If this is speaking to you…. Make today the day you make a decision, put yourself first and take action.

Know that you are worthy. Know that you are ready. Know that it takes a smidgin of risk to move forward. And most of all know that if you keep doing the same things, you will keep getting the same results. To get unstuck takes making some new decisions and taking some new actions.

I understand that sometimes that the fear of the unknown is scarier than sticking with the status quo… but is the status quo what you really want?

What is it costing you right now to stick with the status quo?

Some years ago I allowed some great opportunities pass me by. I allowed my fear to hold me back and keep me from doing what I really wanted to be doing. My career flat lined and the impact on my health and home life was significant and everything about my career and life could be best described as mediocre.

I no longer allow mediocre in my life and I no longer allow the right opportunities to pass me by.

Life is too short to settle for mediocre!

Make today the day you seize the moment. Say yes to the opportunities that are open to you and step forward boldly to create the best for yourself.

You are worth it! 

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