Where Will You Be
Let me ask you a question. Where will you be, what will you be doing, in, say, five years time?
What about three years? Or just a year?
Or maybe even just 6 months from today?
OK, that’s a few questions. And there’s a reason I’m asking them. Because I’ve been thinking...
Yesterday, I recorded an interview on Dublin City Radio (more on that later). Certainly it was the first time I’ve done that sort of thing. And afterwards, I got to thinking about how I arrived to this point.
Five years ago, it was inconceivable that people would be interested in hearing what I would have to say about what I do for a living. Three years ago…still completely inconceivable. One year ago…well, I’d just started out on this part of my journey, publishing my blogs and building my coaching practice, but the broadcast media was a world away. 6 months ago, I was fully focussed on coaching and writing, enjoying every moment. In fact, even TWO weeks ago, the idea of being interviewed for a radio station was not even a notion.
Then, a chance meeting, a conversation, a connection, which created an opportunity.
[By the way, the circumstances of that chance meeting are even more inconceivable than my upcoming appearance on a Dublin radio station, but that’s a story for another day…]
Anyway, the opportunity came, the invitation was offered, and I did not hesitate, I accepted. Stepped into the unknown. Took a chance. Left my comfort zone. Again. And just for that, it’s an amazing feeling. Whether or not it turns out to be any good.
So, the point here is that we never know what is round the corner. We may have a door slammed in our face, whilst another one is opened up. The question is, how are we going to react, can we maintain our composure and positivity about how things are, so that when that door opens, and the opportunity presents itself, we are willing to take it?
The truth is, we are rarely ready for opportunities. If we wait until we’re ready, we’ll hardly ever achieve anything. We just have to go for it. Success or failure, doing a good job or a bad job, those are minor details compared to the fact that we took a chance.
If we can remain open to possibilities, around every corner a new opportunity could present itself, and when it does, ready or not, we can take a chance on ourself and go for it.