Some days the opportunities that other people offer us seem to cascade down on us with amazing force. These are wonderful days, days when our ship has come in and days of easy abundance.
These are the days when instead of three new clients calling, fifteen call; instead of one job offer you get five; instead of a few friends calling you, twenty call you. They say, “When it rains, it pours” and on these days it DOWNPOURS. These are days of AMAZING OPPORTUNITY after AMAZING OPPORTUNITY and there are so many of them, ALL AT ONCE.
We can at once be both VERY APPRECIATIVE of these days AND, at the same time, THOROUGHLY OVERWHELMED!!! On these days, we often feel like we are spread too thin. Each opportunity seems to require a certain amount of attention, but we don’t feel able to give any of them the full amount of attention they desire.
Suddenly even though we are surrounded by abundance, we are utterly stressed out, exhausted and miserable.
Suddenly, all these new opportunities don’t feel like an adventure or even a blessing but a very uncomfortable and out of control situation.
So frustrating! What to do?
OPPORTUNITY OVERWHELM can turn into a huge obstacle because there doesn’t seem to be enough hours in a day for us to accomplish all that we need to accomplish.
The great news is OPPORTUNITY EASE can be CREATED out of OPPORTUNITY OVERWHELM. I say CREATED because each opportunity comes to us in a certain package.
The opportunities that other people offer us naturally come in an OPPORTUNITY PACKAGE designed by them. Often included in the opportunity is an idea of how much time we should devote to it and when we should devote this time. (It’s interesting to note that these specifications are actually part of what makes an opportunity an exciting opportunity, rather than a vague “I want to do something with you someday” opportunity.) However, these same specifics that make an opportunity an exciting opportunity can also lead to OPPORTUNITY OVERWHELM.
OPPORTUNITY EASE comes when you work with the person who gave you the opportunity to show him or her that you appreciate the opportunity being offered, while at the same time, working with him or her to revise the specifics of the opportunity so that the specifics don’t overwhelm you.
Think of your opportunities as water and your day as a glass. Say a full glass symbolizes the maximum amount of work you can do in a day while being focused, productive and happy. Now you want to schedule your opportunities to fill your glass to full but not overflowing. Over-scheduling will lead to more water than your glass can handle, a mess, waste, and exhaustion. So the art-form is knowing how full you want your glass on at daily basis and then revising the specifics of the opportunities people offer you together with them, so that your glass is not overflowing or too empty, but filled with just the right amount of abundant opportunities to grace your days.
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How could you create more OPPORTUNITY EASE in your life?
Jason Freeman is a professional writer, and a one-of-a-kind public speaker. He is the founder and CEO of Heroic Yes! Productions. Jason has an MFA in Poetry from the University of Nebraska. He knows the pain of perceiving one’s life through a lens of limitation and also the thrill of moving beyond that mindset. For more information on Jason’s powerful message, or to book him to present to your organization, go to www.HeroicYesProductions.com.