Opportunities: Dream Killers

I just watched a Tedx Talks video on youtube, which the speaker spoke of creating an impactful life by focusing. Holy balls! This has been the past couple months for me. Lack of confidence that is.

I have been struggling with finding a niche for how I want to impact others through my work. This seems to happen at least once a year or it has the past couple of years for me. I lose focus on the important things like my vision and direction for my future.

The speaker, David Baker, speaks of how opportunities have diminished the impact our lives can have because we aren’t able to focus. He discusses the issue of saying, “yes” to every opportunity. “We live in a land of opportunity where it is almost viewed as sinful to pass up an opportunity,” states Baker. And how true it is, especially in this day of age when we have technology and transportation to go anywhere. I know for a fact I have allowed opportunities to take away from my focus of my ideal future.

How has an opportunity in your life taken your focus off what is important to you? Saying, “no” to opportunities allows you to create an impact in your life. When saying, “yes” to every or most opportunities we create breadth of experiences in our lives without creating any depth.

Isn’t breadth better than depth? Allowing us to experience more of what life has to offer we can see many people and experience many things with breadth. But those people and experiences fade over time because we were merely a gust of wind on their face or passerby on the streets. Here and gone with a blink of an eye.

Depth is needed when wanting to make an impact on someone or something. Look back on your life, who has made a meaningful impact? My guess is the person(s) who has made the most impact has been in your life for many experiences or years. Now think back to a trip or vacation you took, you may remember little bits of it but nothing truly meaningful or impactful to your life.

Opportunities are abundant in our lives. Every direction offers possibility for us to do something different with our lives at work or play. With each opportunity comes an opportunity for us to lose focus on our purpose and our vision to creating an impact in this life.

When you are presented with an opportunity, whether at work or play, I encourage you to take a step back and ask, “How does this line up with my vision and my values?” This will give you another opportunity, an opportunity to stay focused on what is important to you and move confidently in the direction of your dreams.

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler.” Henry David Thoreau

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