I promised that this quarter, I will be sharing with you my ama-amazing blog fam, tips on how to position, recognize and maximize opportunities even if they are camouflaged as something else. Today, we’ll get started on that.
First, let’s take a look at some definition of the word OPPORTUNITY:
- A situation or condition favourable for attainment of a goal.
- A good position, chance, or prospect, for advancement or success.
Opportunities give us that suitable platform or chance to achieve our goals.
Quick Question: How often and how easily do you spot opportunities? And how easily do you get referred to or informed about opportunities that will benefit you?
There’s this cliché that “opportunity comes but once”, and I used to echo it so frequently. But today, I don’t totally agree with it anymore. From experience, I have come to discover and realize that we are almost constantly exposed to opportunities. Grasping and utilizing these opportunities depends on our ability to:
- Position for these opportunities
- Spot/Identify/Recognize these opportunities when they come and
- Maximize/Make the most of these opportunities.
Read these 3 important abilities again. I call them the opportunity-tripod
The first ability on the opportunity-tripod is the ability to position right for opportunities. And that’s what we will discuss today.
How do we position ourselves to attract opportunities?
- The first step to positioning right for opportunities is HOW YOU SEE YOURSELF.
You see, it doesn’t matter how many times you have heard this same words, it can never be over flogged because, how you see yourself largely determines:
- How you carry and position yourself – attractively or otherwise
- How most other people will see you.
How you see yourself is hinged on the mind-set you have about yourself, your skills, your experiences, your expertise, etc. Having a positive mind-set about these will influence you to position yourself right in any place you find yourself. Below is an effective process I crafted for improving how you see yourself as an individual or as a professional in your field of expertise.
How do you see yourself?
What do you see when you look at yourself in the mirror?
What would you like to see when you look at yourself in the mirror?
What would you like others to see when they look at you?
Reflect deeply on these questions. Write your answers down and then imagine that best reflection you would like to see; that best reflection you’ll also want others to see when they look at you.
Hold that image up in your mind and impose it on whatever contrary image you may currently be seeing in your life. Write and say confessions that are aligned with that picture. Place these confessions in places where you can’t miss seeing it, be it in your room, car, display picture, screensaver, office, etc.
The pictures you behold consistently in your mind’s eye will go a long way in influencing how you see yourself, the decisions you make and the actions and reactions you choose.
What will you like to reflect and radiate?
Create it in your mind’s eye and behold it consistently. It’s only a matter of time before you’ll become it and others will be able to see it too!
See yourself as a valuable asset
Your self-image will make a huge difference in the type of opportunities you attract to yourself. If you see yourself as a valuable asset, and you present yourself as such, others will see you that way as well. You never ever want to come across as needy or desperate. This is true whether you are looking for a job, a mate, or a business partner.
- Be VISIBLE
Sometimes, we complain and berate our friends, colleagues and other contacts, for not informing or referring us to opportunities that would benefit us. But look at it this way, what if these contacts truly don’t know that such information would interest and benefit you?
Have you ever introduced yourself in the presence of someone who’s known you for a substantial period of time, and then they turn around and give you that surprised look. Like, you mean you’re an artist, an engineer, a content developer, or whatever it is you had introduced yourself as being capable of doing… They look at you surprised because, they are unaware that you have such skills and expertise.
Something similar happened to me recently. I was conversing with someone I have known for some months now, and something he said struck me. He said, “What are you even into? I know the specialty of everyone in this group (we are both members of some group), but you, I don’t know…” And what he assumed I was into, was way off my specialty. So I had to start explaining myself and what I do, lol.
But that taught me something. Maybe, just maybe, the reason information and opportunities that would benefit you or me, are passed over our heads, is because some or most of the people we associate with, (and have as contacts on various platforms), don’t even know what we do or specialize in.
Could it be that you have been missing opportunities because people who supposedly know you, know nothing about your skill set, experience and expertise? So when they find opportunities that might benefit you, they share it with others but mention nothing about it to you. Or say it to you in passing like “I even helped Emeka to get that contract with xyz” and you’ll be like “why didn’t you tell me about it naaa, I’m pretty good at that too”
Well, maybe he/she doesn’t know because you are yet to project/position yourself as such.
By all means, please be visible to your contacts – offline and online. Don’t just be their colleague, or praying or gisting paddy. Don’t just be a member of your church. Don’t just be a classmate, course-mate or neighbour.
Position yourself as someone your contacts can refer for good job, business and other opportunities that interest you. Let them know what your interests are and the skills, experience and expertise you have developed in line with these interests. That way, when next they come across opportunities in that line, thoughts of you will pop up in their mind as a suitable candidate for that opportunity.
- Don’t be a JACK OF ALL TRADE
There’s a scenario Coach Emeka Nobis often uses to buttress the danger of being a Jack of all trade and I’ll share it with you because it aptly sums up this point.
If you have a heart disease and you meet two Doctors – A and B. Doctor A tells you that on Sunday he pastors a church, on Monday he spends 5 hours at a teaching hospital and 3 hours at his clinic, on Tuesday he goes to play golf because he’s a pro golfer, on Wednesday he plays with his gang in a nightclub, on Thursday he goes to the writing club where he teaches History of Egyptian Culture, on Fridays he plays football for his football club and on Saturday he travels out of town to go meet with his real estate agents who overlook his real estate business.
Doctor B tells you in one sentence, “I’m a cardiologist. I work on hearts 24/7. That’s what I love and that’s what I do.”
Sincerely speaking, of the two, whom will you choose? I guess that your answer is obvious.
A few questions suffice:
If 5 people sit in an office and want to decide whom to call to facilitate a retreat on stress and health, will they call you if they see that you’re like the Doctor A above?
If people hear your name, what should they immediately think of without scratching their heads for 5 minutes?
I bet you get the point from the above scenario – DON’T BE A JACK OF ALL TRADE! It will grossly impact your positioning negatively!
And that’s where we draw the curtains on today’s post.
What point resonates with you most? What other tips do you use or know that can help us position ourselves more attractively for opportunities? Please share in the comments section.
Don’t forget, Excellence Is A Lifestyle, let’s live it!
Enjoy your weekend darlings.