What are you doing
with the opportunities in front of you?
This might be the
most important question for you to ask as a leader. I know that’s a bold
statement, but here’s why I believe it’s true: no one can guarantee tomorrow and yesterday is too late. You don’t
know when you will run out of chances to take advantage of the opportunities in
front of you.
John Maxwell says, “Opportunities do not multiply because they are seen. They multiply because they are seized.”
When it comes to opportunities, many leaders have the ability to see them, but only a few are bold enough to seize them.
Moving from seeing
to seizing is not an overnight task, though—it takes time to train yourself to
anticipate opportunities and live with an urgency for today. As I think back on
my leadership journey, there are a few practical steps that really helped me
learn to seize opportunities.
1. Be the first to help.
As John likes to say,
“The people who most often make the biggest difference are the people who are
first to step up and help at a time when it makes a difference.”
You must have a
sense of urgency in order to be the first to step up when someone around you
needs help. Look around! I guarantee there is a door you can open that another
cannot, or an experience you’ve had that can benefit someone else. Being the
first to help is a powerful thing.
2. Take a chance on significance.
Don’t miss an
opportunity just because it has risks. Why? Because everything has risks. I
love how John puts it: “People most often regret the chances they failed to
take, not the chances they took that failed.”
opportunities where the potential for significance is high. The truth is, when
you begin to seek significance, you will find yourself outside of what you can
control. That’s the nature of significance because it’s bigger than you. But I
want to encourage you to take that step out of your comfort zone, because it’s
3. Choose what is right, even when a return is not guaranteed.
Without fail, the
return on my giving is always higher than what I give. This is what drives me
to do what’s right even when I am not promised anything in return. Just as the Apostle
Paul wrote, “Let us not allow ourselves to get fatigued in doing good. At the
right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up.”
In leadership, you
can trust this principle of sowing and reaping. Always pursue what is right,
and opportunities will present themselves for the seizing.
I am struck by
this reality—each of you has a family, a business, a neighborhood, a city, a
country. And today you have the opportunity to be an agent of transformation
inside of your sphere of influence.
But being able to
see opportunities is not enough! That’s just the first step. If we are going to
create positive change, we must be a people who seize opportunities of
significance. We must act on the opportunities in front of us because that’s what
allows us to make a difference.
Simply put, if we will see and seize the opportunities before us, we can transform the world!
Does that get you
fired up? Are you as excited as I am about the opportunity to make a difference
in a world that is longing for transformational leadership?
Ask yourself these
three questions and let’s get started!
opportunities do I see that others don’t?
am I willing to say that others are afraid to say?
am I willing to do that others are afraid to do?
The opportunities are before us. The moment is right. It’s up to us whether or not we’ll take that necessary step—and the world is waiting.
The John Maxwell