If I say it will bring you abundance, be a growth experience, be an amazing opportunity, and might even transform your life for the better to stand-up, smile, and travel three thousand miles to find a certain door, which I can only tell you is somewhere in a hundred mile radius of a certain town, but I can’t quite remember the name of that town, probably something that starts with a G or T or one of the other letters of the alphabet. And, oh I forget to mention, that once you finally find this certain door there is a very good chance it’ll be locked. I hope you have your set of lock picks and know how to use them. Also there might be really bad weather. And OH there could possibly be ten Dobermans in front of the door who won’t necessarily be at all happy to see you, that is unless they are really hungry. However, if you find this door and successfully open it, good things await.
Now are you ready to jump up and go find that door and open it?
Probably not! More likely, uncertainty, overwhelm, fear, numbness, and even anger might arise upon hearing of this opportunity, because the good things promised on the other side of this door seem thoroughly out of reach.
However, if I say it will bring new abundance, be a growth experience, be an amazing opportunity and might even transform your life for the better to stand-up, smile, walk over to the door closest to you and open it, you would probably do it in pretty short order right?
The first opportunity that I offered you at the beginning of this post is what I like to call an ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD OPPORTUNITY. The reward of this type of opportunity seems very enticing, but the steps to taking advantage of this opportunity seem either vague or overwhelming or both.
The second opportunity I offered you is what I like to call a NEXT-DOOR OPPORTUNITY. This type of opportunity makes a great deal of sense to capitalize on because it looks like the next logical step, as well as, being both concrete and manageable.
Sometimes our big dreams appear to us like ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD OPPORTUNITIES. When this happens we can respond in several different ways.
For example, Thomas, a sophomore in high school, is watching the NBA Finals and realizes that he wants to be an NBA star. Is this an opportunity for Thomas? Indeed! One day he could realize his dream of playing in the NBA. However, at the moment, he has been hesitant to try out for his high school team. Thomas can respond to the ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD OPPORTUNITY that he has just noticed for himself in a few different ways:
- He assesses his current situation of being nervous even to try out for his high school team, tells himself, “ Wow, crazy, absurd dream, Thomas,” and then does his best to forget about this ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD OPPORTUNITY.
- Thomas assesses his current situation. He then becomes determined to achieve his dream, while, at the same time, becoming overwhelmed and fearful about HOW he will achieve his dream. This approach leads to Thomas tossing and turning at night, as he wonders where in the world he can meet NBA scouts or better yet an NBA owner, so that he can convince them that he is a natural NBA player. This approach of tossing and turning and worrying ironically leads Thomas to be less of a natural basketball player than he was before he had the dream of joining the NBA.
- Thomas assesses his current situation. He decides to look for his NEXT-DOOR OPPORTUNITY. Recognizing his dream of playing in the NBA, Thomas becomes excited about seizing the NEXT-DOOR OPPORTUNITY of trying out for his high school team. He calls his friend to see exactly when try-outs are and is happy to discover that they are in two weeks. Then he recognizes two more NEXT-DOOR OPPORTUNITIES, practicing everyday for the next two weeks and going out to buy a new pair of basketball shoes. Suddenly, Thomas has three opportunities that bring him joy when he thinks about them. And these three opportunities are tangible steps towards playing in the NBA, the ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD OPPORTUNITY that Thomas wants to seize. And not only is Thomas taking tangible steps towards his dream, he’s happy about what he is doing instead of giving up as he was in the first approach or fearful and frustrated as he was in the second approach. (Notice Thomas didn’t choose to buy bowling shoes, practice baseball and to try out for the soccer team. He choose NEXT-DOOR OPPORTUNITIES in the direction of his dream.)
Open enough well-chosen NEXT DOORS and you come to a place where you are at the FRONT DOOR to an ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD OPPORTUNITY. This is your DREAM DOOR. Simply open it and walk in.
Game of the Day
Think about one of your dreams that at this point seems to be an ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD OPPORTUNITY.
What good feeling NEXT-DOOR OPPORTUNITY could you realize this week that would take you in the direction of this dream?
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.