"Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there." Will Rogers
That is most definitely 'righter than rain.' In the picture above you do see a figure that appears to be Sherlock Holmes sitting. You and I both know that he was not sitting for long, because Sherlock never, ever got left behind or run over. His brilliant mind was always churning. Opportunities for solving crimes were always right in front of him, just as our opportunities are.
This is in part, what we all need to achieve...a plan to be ready and prepared for what will be coming our way. Knowing the steps that we need to take now in order to act and follow our hopes and dreams is what will make things happen. All mysteries will be solved easily as each one unfolds before us, if we are prepared.
Really it is all about being focused and having a purpose. This is nothing to be ashamed of, as some happy-go-lucky people would have you believe. It is something to be proud of and relish in the fact that yes, you were in the right place at the right time. Overnight successes do not just happen. Someone had to work toward the goal, not just sit and wait for it to happen. You were in the right place at the right time because you made it happen.
We have to ask if we are prepared for what opportunities are out there for us. It is really not luck in the first place, rather it is more about preparation and opportunity. Thinking of this brought up a great quote by Brian Tracy (and others who have claimed this quote) that "Luck is when preparation meets opportunity." There is no depending on others. Prepare and plan for your own future by setting the goals that will take you there.
One thing is for sure, is that you never know when the 'opportunity' that you have been waiting for is going to pop up, therefore, you need to be prepared for it in every way possible. This means fiscal responsibility as your top priority. You never know when that opportunity will require some quick cash. The best planners don't go deep into debt with loans.
In order to take advantage of opportunities, we must be prepared. It is too late to prepare once opportunity has knocked. It is not going to wait around for you to get your game plan together. This means that it is extremely important to be aware of what is going on in our lives from within...using reflection to reset yourself and prepare yourself for success. Reflect on each and every experience that you encounter. Find your time and place to do your creative reflections. This is not some haphazard activity. It is a process that is so very important to your success.
Networking and focusing on building relationships will help you open up opportunities. This helps to shape you into your true self. There is no need to change. In fact, this would be detrimental to what you are trying to accomplish. It is simply reflecting on ways to improve. It helps to keep your mind active and to find patterns of successes that you already have met.
There is no perfect time to take action. The big picture has been in your mind and you will know when it is time to get up and go there and make it happen. Choose your action. You need to have the discipline to choose getting out of your comfort zone. Remember that we all have the ability to create our own opportunities, even when they are not right in front of us. Keeping our eyes open and the courage to go for what we want is hard work. How important is it to you?