Tom was fed up with his job. He had been at that company since its inception, and had sort of risen up horizontally (not vertically) through the ranks. However, even though he had spent 15 years working there, he could never be promoted to a managerial role. He had instead been moved from one supervisory role to the other, but never to the level where he needed to manage people, and functional processes. Despite several people telling him to go back to school to complete his Diploma, he never complied with that advice. He instead used his growing family as an excuse, and spent an enormous amount of time complaining about everything that was bad at the job.
Therefore, when the Chief Operating Officer (CEO) suddenly retired due to his failing health, someone who started to work at the company at the same time as Tom, the need arose for his position to be immediately filled. But guess what? Even though Tom was by hierarchy, one of the oldest serving employees at that organization, he was passed over again (he had missed out on prior promotions because of his educational profile), and a much junior employee, who had the prerequisite education, and skills was promoted to replace the outgone CEO. And of course that only fueled Tom’s incessant complaints.
Can you relate to this story? Sometimes, we are often overwhelmed by the desire to get better in life, but would never do anything to take us closer to that dream. Instead of doing the needful one step at a time, we give precedence to things that do not take us in that direction. We are blinded by excuses, complaints, fear, and doubt, that we are never prepared even when an opportunity shows up. If Tom had completed his Diploma, I am certain that other than being a top candidate for that position, he probably would have long arisen to a managerial position within that organization.We must realize that opportunities to make us better show up all the time. The big question for us is that, when these opportunities come knocking, will we be prepared to receive them? Will we be available to welcome them with open arms? It is not good enough to circle our dreams around talking alone, we must be able to do what is necessary, in order to get us prepared, for when the opportunities that we so desire, show up.
Are you interested in taking hold of the next opportunity that comes knocking? Here are some quick and easy things to do to get you available for that big break:
- Quit complaining about your present state. Complaining about everything and doing nothing to fix anything, is a total waste of time. Sometimes we spend too much time complaining about any/everything, that we become blind to seeing opportunities when they present. When we lend ourselves to complaining, we limit our minds to the confines of our present states, rather than seeing far into the future. Complaining without doing anything to better that lot, is an exercise in futility.
- Go back to the drawing board. You are tired of your present state? You do not like the way things are going with your life? It is time to go back to the drawing board, where everything matters. The drawing board is where ideas are birthed. You need to go there in order to evaluate your present state, and begin to come up with the things feasibly possible, which you need to do to move you to your next level. Rather than wasting time complaining, spend that time to map out your strategies. Remember that the only constant thing in life is change, and change would only happen, depending on your motivation, agility and speed in making it happen.
- Do the needful. No need to cry over spilled milk or coffee. If you want to be ready in time for that opportunity, then you must do what is necessary to make you available for it. Get a degree, get that certification, attend that training, attend that networking event, send that email, make that call, etc. Whatever it is you need to get done, just go ahead and do it. Do not allow fear, intimidation, procrastination or laziness hold you down. It’s your life, and it’s your responsibility to make the best of it. Do what is right for you, to get you ready in time for that next opportunity.
- Take baby steps and forget about the rest. The tendency to become blind by the mountains we may need to climb, in order to get ready for the next opportunity is high. But remember that, “if you consider the wind, you will not sow and be ready in time for the harvest”. Rather than spend time thinking about the “what if’s” and “what if not’s”, just go ahead and get it done. Don’t bother about what tomorrow will bring, instead be bothered about doing something for today, by taking baby steps and adding tiny bits to that dream of yours.
I know you are strong and resilient, and would never give up on those cherished dreams of yours. But I want you to be ready for when those opportunities come knocking at your door. Therefore, enough of all the time you have wasted in the past. Now is the time to take action. So, get up and lace up those boots, and let’s go kick down that mountain!
To your continued success. Cheers!!!