My husband Jerry and I decided after a few years of marriage that we would have a baby. We thought this was our decision to make. We figured it would be easy. People do it all the time. In fact, a lot of people do it by accident.
But nothing happened, and there were no babies available for adoption. Eventually after several years we decided to put that dream aside and make the best of our situation. We settled into a comfortable child-free life. After 15 years of marriage we had two interesting careers and our own high-tech business on the side. We traveled, enjoyed theater and fine restaurants. We certainly were not faced with any decisions. Even our families had stopped asking us about babies.
But then one day we saw someone on TV talking about independent adoption, an agreement between a pregnant woman and adoptive parents. Our conversation began, “That’s interesting, but it doesn’t have anything to do with us.” Then we realized we had an opportunity. That’s when we decided to plant a signpost, bam, right in our comfortable path. And we weren’t moving until we decided. We visualized both paths. On one side, continue on the path we were on. Of course, we were in the middle of a product launch. We had our jobs, our little business. It was all very orderly and comfortable. Or, on the other, we could adopt a baby. A baby. We visualized ourselves being a real family. As soon as we asked the question we knew the answer. Two years later we had a newborn daughter. People even said she looked like me. And she grew up to be a beautiful and talented young woman. We’re so proud of her. She’s a teacher, and the most amazing thing is she even knows how to teach teenagers. She’s really good at it. What a great decision.
Think about your opportunities. Should you seize any of them? Opportunities are an impetus to get you started on the first of the seven steps to positive action. You have decisions to make. Opportunities don’t wait around for you. Plant your own signpost. Make a list of opportunities you have right now or that might appear in the future, opportunities for personal or business growth, financial rewards, dreams fulfilled or exciting changes. Now, for each one, ask, “What should I do with this opportunity?”
Have you ever recognized an opportunity and had it move you to action? What do you do to make yourself more aware of the opportunities around you?