I recently conducted a global webinar for over 1300 participants and received some great feedback and questions. One repeated question was: “How do you ensure opportunities do not pass you by?”
- You need to ask. Easy to say, difficult to do. We seem to hesitate for fear somebody will say no. But if you don’t ask, it is a definite no. Believe in yourself, your capability, and that confidence will prompt you to ask and open up opportunities.
- Focus on your strengths. It is easy to let our weaknesses hold us back. A weakness is only defined because it is somebody else’s strength. I’m not sure why – just because somebody is great at something, that defines us? Define yourself, focus on your strengths, and tell everybody.
- Learn to say YES. We all have opportunities that come before us and many times it is easy to make excuses as to why we cannot partake. Although these excuses are valid short term, they will hold you back long term. This implies that you need to raise your level of risk tolerance but your increased confidence from focusing on your strengths will offset that.