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hide and seek: how to find opportunities

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"Opportunity is missed by most people 
because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work."

Thomas Edison

 

 

Opportunities are everywhere. You know this. I know this. But then why does it sometimes seem so hard to find them? So often we say we want more opportunities and, yet, we do not know where to find them. Whether you are searching for opportunities for your career or for a new relationship or for some chance to succeed, the key to finding opportunities is to realize that, much as you might want them to, they're not going to magically appear. 

 

As I've taken a look around, with the idea of opportunities in mind, I’ve discovered that most people are not finding opportunities because they're not looking for them. Simple, yes, but so true. Think about a game of hide-and-seek. What if you were the seeker and you decided that, instead of looking for those in hiding, you would just plop down in a comfy chair and whine, “Why can’t I find anyone? Where are they?” Certainly it would be no surprise that you didn’t find anyone if you were just sitting there complaining. And that’s what so many are doing. People everywhere are sitting in a comfy chairs and wondering why they don't have more opportunities. What we must realize is that opportunities are hiding everywhere. And it’s up to us to seek them out.

 

Many, as they continue to do what they've always been doing, are wondering why they haven’t come across any amazing opportunities in a miraculous twist of fate. It seems to me that sitting around wondering why opportunities aren't popping up everywhere is equivalent to, in a game of hide-and-seek, wondering why someone wouldn’t choose to hide right in front of the chair where you're sitting. eyes half-covered and counting to ten. Hiding in obvious places just isn't how the game works. Just like those hiding in a game of hide-and-seek, opportunities might be nearby, but they’re not necessarily going to be right there in your line of vision. You have to turn your head. You have to get out of your comfy chair and look around in order to find them.

 

While I'd certainly advise going in search of opportunities, I don't think it's a good idea to go on a search without a plan of attack. For this reason, I've developed a plan to help you find opportunities -- wherever they may be hiding. You know they’re there, hiding, waiting to be found, and it's up to you to get up and search for them. So here’s the plan…

 



…be open.

By being open, you will expose myself to all kinds of people. Strive to listen openly, think openly, and make choices openly. And do what you can to strive to live a limitless life, taking no ideas off the table and thinking of every experience as a potential opportunity.


…be proactive.

By being proactive, you're choosing to take the search for opportunities into your own hands. You're not waiting around for someone to grant a wish or save you. You're looking around, opening your eyes, and being active in your quest for opportunities. 


…be social.

By being social, you will engage with more types of people and increase your exposure to networking opportunities, which is a great way to find new opportunities. By attending more work events, more social functions, and more family gatherings, you'll open yourself up to opportunities that would otherwise be hidden from you.


…be watchful.

By being watchful, you are keeping a keen eye on everything, knowing that opportunities can be hiding anywhere.You never know when you might come across a clue that will lead you to the opportunity you've been waiting for. Because of this, keep my eyes and ears open always.  


…be creative.

By being creative, you're work to think of new and innovative ways to find opportunities. Certainly the internet and social connections are great ways to find opportunities, but other ways can you make opportunities for yourself? It’s possible to create them if only we put some effort into it.


…be positive.

 

By being positive, you'll remind myself that finding opportunities takes time. As you know, they can be very good at hiding and it's up to you to be clever and diligent in your search for them. Being positive will remind you that, no matter how long it takes, you will find them.

 

 



As I noted before, finding opportunities isn’t always easy, but it is always possible. Opportunities are everywhere. We just have to know where to look and we have to be persistent in our search. It’s a game of hide-and-seek, but there are lots and lots of opportunities hiding everywhere, making it pretty likely that, as long as you get out of your current comfortable position and have a look around, you’ll find one that's perfect for you.

 

How do you look for opportunities?
What suggestions would you add to the ones I mentioned?


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the positive power of words (and FREE download!)

 

positive power of words( )
 
 

"Words are things and a small drop of ink,
 falling like dew upon a thought, produces that
 which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think."

George Gordon Byron

 

 


Those of you familiar with Positively Present have probably picked up on my penchant for words. I love words and quotes -- especially the written word. It's not that I don't love the sound of words, but there is something about seeing a word written down, a quote on a computer screen,  or a line in a novel that just inspires me. I have spiral bound notebooks and beautifully covered journals filled with quotes and scribbled with lines from songs or novels or things my friends have said. I have an entire folder on my computer dedicated to quotes and, yes, I spend hours and hours online hunting for words -- quotes and snippets and lyrics and poems and anything that will send that little shiver of delight up my spine when I read it. I cannot deny it: I love words passionately, fiercely, endlessly.  

Only recently was it that I got to thinking about my love of quotes and what it really means. Why, I wondered, do I take so much joy in the words of others? Why is it that I clutch at a new quote with such hungry, excited desperation? The more I thought about it, the more I realized that what I love most about quotes is the ability they give me to relate to others. They provide a foundation from which I can be moved by others, relating to them even if I do not know them nor will ever know them. I am not a particularly social individual so when I find something -- like the power of words -- that allows me to really connect with others in a way that is both intimate and removed, it is amazing for me. 

Over the past few years in particular, I've had such a moving experience when it comes to my relationship with words, and I've found some quotes about words (words about words!) that will help me to explain why I believe words are so important and how the powerful impact of words has transformed my life. 




"It is not for nothing that the word has remained man's principal toy and tool;
 without the meaning and value it sustains, all man's other tools would be worthless." 

Lewis Mumford 

 



Life, in essence, would be worthless without words. Though I don't know if everyone would agree with that fact (or even if I do), I am certain that my world is an infinitely better because of the words that fill its spaces and provide me with the tools necessary to convey my thoughts and emotions. Words change me every single day. They shift and shape my life and, recently, have helped me to transform my life from mere existence to a positive state of being. I am not certain that all would be lost if my life was void of words, but I know for sure that, without words, I would not be living; I would be merely existing. 


  

"The human mind has not achieved anything greater
 than the ability to share feelings and thoughts through language."

James Earl Jones



When you think about the various ways we, as humans, can communicate with one another, it truly is inspiring. Yes, other animals have the ability to communicate with one another, but not in the same way humans do. We have the amazing ability to share such complex thoughts and feelings through the powerful tool of words. Without them, we would be not be able to communicate nearly so well with one another, and it would be difficult to think on the complex level that we so often do. Even with words around it can be hard to get a point across or accurately convey a feeling, but imagine what life would be like if we had no words at all... 



  "A word is dead/When it is said/Some say/
 I say it just/Begins to live/That day"

Emily Dickinson


 

It's amazing the way words can stay around for centuries, continuing to impact people though their creators have long since moved on. Once a word or phrase is put down on paper or shared electronically, it begins to truly live. I agree with Dickinson in her statement that when a word is said, or written, it finally comes to life. Words exist within us, but they are not truly alive and flourishing until they are shared with the world. It is because of the words of others -- words that they could have kept to themselves -- that I've been able to experience a much more positive life. I am grateful, always, for the words others have said and written. 


  

"Words, so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary,
 how potent for good and evil they become in the hands
 of one who knows how to combine them!" 

Nathaniel Hawthorne



Ah, we are all aware of the power of words. One word said or read the wrong way can cause so much pain. The perfect words said at the perfect time can provide pure moments of bliss. Words are incredibly powerful and can be used both for good and bad. The more I think about words this way, the more I want to make an effort to choose powerfully positive words. We have a choice about what we said and write and it's so important to realize the power we possess with the words we share with others. We must use our words carefully, for they are much more laden with meaning than we often realize. 


  

 

 

"Words are a form of action, capable of influencing change. 
 Their articulation represents a complete, lived experience." 

Ingrid Bengis



It is astounding to me to think about how much words have changed my life. Through reading the words of others, I have learned so much. I have grown so much. I have changed so much. There is no way for me to even fully grasp who I would be without the words I have read and heard. From pop-song lyrics to some of the greatest works of literature, my mind has been hunting and gathering words for over a quarter of a century and each and every word has impacted me in some way. There is no way for me to accurately put into words how the power of words has impacted me, but my life would not be what it is without them. Words have positively influenced me in so many ways and I am thankful not only that I have the ability to absorb these words and their meanings, but also that I have the power to share these words, and words of my own, with others. 




After collecting these quotes and reflecting on them, I feel even more strongly about my love for words. They are the foundation for nearly everything in my life and I cannot imagine a life lived without them. As you may know, I love to share words whenever I can and, in fact, every Sunday I feature a segment on Positively Present called "Words To Live By," in which I share some of my favorite quotes and lyrics. It makes me immensely happy to share words that I love with others, and, today, I'm going to be sharing some of my favorite inspiration phrases with you in the free PDF below. Download it, cut out the words, and post them anywhere you want to be inspired because, as I know all too well, the right combination of words can be uplifting, motivating, and positively thought-provoking.


  
  
 
 

 

Download "Words To Live By" PDF


5 ways to amp yourself up every morning


amp yourself up( )
   

”The moment when you first wake up in the morning
 is the most wonderful of the twenty-four hours.
No matter how weary or dreary you may feel,
 you possess the certainty that,
during the day that lies before you,
 absolutely anything may happen.
And the fact that it practically always doesn't,
 matters not a jot.
The possibility is always there.”

Monica Baldwin



Today's post was written by Mike Weaver, a writer and entrepreneur, writes refreshing ways to find, utilize, appreciate, and share the things that inspire us as human beings to change, grow, and be who we ultimately want to be. You can find him on his site, Find Inspiration Today.


Morning person or not, there comes a point in time everyday that you have to pick yourself up and get on with the day at hand. Do you ever have days where it seems like a struggle to muster the energy to get going? Do you feel any negative emotions about what’s in front of you for that day? What you do in the morning right after you wake up can be a very powerful catalyst for what lies ahead of you for the remainder of the day.

Each idea below has something in common – your attitude. You have sole control over your attitude every day. If you have nothing, and are stripped of all things you might deem of importance and relevance -– you still have the liberty and freedoms of your unique and self-influential attitude. I bet you’ve heard the timeless quote at some point -– “Attitudes are contagious, is yours worth catching?” Here are 5 things I enjoy doing in the mornings -– and you can do too if you need some positivity and an energy boost to make the most of your day.


5 Ways to Boost Your Mood in the Morning


  1. The Takeover

    Know one thing, and know it with all of your being. YOU are in control of today. If you have something you need to get done, well by God there isn’t anything strong enough in this world to stop you. You’ll get creative, you’ll get resourceful, and most importantly you’ll get it done. Remind yourself of this simple fact each morning.

  2. Your Blood is Your Friend

    Get your blood moving in the morning. You don’t have to workout for an hour, even if it’s some jumping jacks after you brush your teeth in the morning, do something to spark your pent up energy from your night of shut-eye.

  3. Simplification is Good

    Have you ever noticed that what you tell yourself (or others) becomes reality? If you have to do something that is mentally stressing you – when you speak or think about how hard and difficult it is – how could it possibly be anything different? You’ll find that many people are more inclined to talk negatively when it comes to school, work, etc. Don’t get caught in that trap. Negativity complicates; positivity simplifies. Have perspective and leverage an approach of positive thinking from the get-go to reduce stress and breeze through daily events.

  4. One Thing and a Notecard

    While I like to think I am organized and that I stick to my plans so I can reach my goals – we all know that we have days or weeks where life priorities simply slide off track. When you neglect your plan, you lose momentum and in effect, creativity. SO, in my case, a main focus and goal of mine is to grow my blog. I also have a full-time job and a start-up company on the side, and hence, time is often limited. I keep a stack of notecards next to my bed. Every morning, I randomly write down one thing I will do that day that contributes to the growth of my blog. I have found this to work very well for me –- it allows me to think outside of the box and often forces me to take action when I otherwise wouldn’t.

  5. Earth’s Natural Elixir

    Drink a glass of water. If you are like me, you enjoy your coffee, juices, and anything flavored! Last year for about two months, I substituted water for coffee and I fell in love with drinking ice water in the morning. Nowadays, coffee definitely follows the water each morning, but I’d feel thirsty and depleted if I didn’t get my fill of water.



You can find the author of this post, Mike Weaver, on his site, Find Inspiration Today.  If you'd like to learn more about Mike and his work, you can also Subscribe now and follow him on Twitter.


words to live by: be yourself

be yourself()

"Always be a first rate version of yourself
instead of a second rate version of someone else." 

Judy Garland




"Words To Live By" is a segment on Positively Present that features my favorite quote or lyrics from the week. Every Sunday I post a quote or lyrics that have inspired me with the hope that they'll inspire you too. Comments will be closed on these posts, but feel free to tweet the post if you enjoy it or contact me via Twitter.


time to spring back to life


spring to life
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   "An optimist is the human personification of spring."

Susan Bissonette

  

  

  

Where I am, spring has definitely sprung and, even though it can be a rain-soaked mess sometimes, it's a wonderful season that brings us out of winter and into summer. Today's post is a guest post by Gilbert, creator of one of my favorite blogs, Soul Hiker. If you haven't checked out his work yet, I'd definitely suggest you make a little trip over to his site. Today you can read about his thoughts on how to spring back into life now that the season of spring has arrived. For more on spring, check out a recent post I wrote called "A Celebration of Spring: 13 Ways to Enjoy the Weather." 



Spring is with us again. This is a moment of the year that we all welcome with great enthusiasm and joy. Spring is an ambassador of fresh new things, hope, regeneration and change. Nature re-awakens itself with buzzing new life and we start changing our wardrobe in theme with the changing season. As we start leaving the cold winter days behind we look forward to new plans, prospects and adventures. Spring is the time where like nature we take the opportunity to reinvent ourselves and start things afresh. How much are you aligned with the spirit of Spring? Are you ready to re-awaken and boldly break out of your cocoon and flap your wings? Make this Spring an opportunity to ponder about the following action points:

    

  

 

  • Spring clean your mental & physical clutter: Spring is definitely time for de-cluttering your room, desk, office, apartment or garage and make way for sparkling new space. Similarly it is also an opportunity for removing certain mental clutter such as old fears and worries, side-projects which never gave fruit or thoughts about things you shouldn't be really wasting your time on.

     

  • Open the window to your soul: Spring is a moment for rekindling your spirit with new hopes and dreams, aspirations and enthusiasm. In order to do this we must first open ourselves to change. It's about the readiness to accept change consciously. It's incredible how things bloom into being just by setting our hearts and minds to it in a conscious way. 

  • Take time for a fresh outlook: This goes hand in hand with the previous point. Whilst we are under the influence of Spring's magic we must take the time to reassess our old perspectives on life, be openly critical about them (in the positive sense) and widen our horizons with a fresh new outlook on life. Example: changing our outlook on relationships with others, health and aging, love, family life, etc. 

  • Get out of your cocoon and fly: With change comes bold decisions. It's time to give a shot at those long held dreams and projects about a new job, business start-up, new adventure, starting that degree, etc. 

  • Spin out a web of new ideas: Ideas are the driver of change. There can be no real change without new ideas. I find this part as being the most fun. So open up that note pad, white board or favorite mind-mapping software and let your genie out of the bottle. 

     

  • Regenerate your wellbeing: Change is best when it is a holistic one. That is we have to refresh our mind, spirit and body. So as we take the initiative to recharge our mind and spirit we cannot do without regenerating our physical health too. Of course good health should be upheld all year round but if like me you have slipped back a notch or two in physical exercise during the winter months then this is the time to dust off your runner shoes. 

     

  • Get in touch with nature: Spring is synonymous with nature's beauty. As nature comes to life it calls us to join her in. It's a beautiful time for long country walks, nature retreats or outdoor activities. This is our best chance to be inspired by nature and be surrounded with its full splendor.
 


 

 

This post was written by Gilbert, the author of Soul Hiker. For more great articles by Gilbert make sure to visit his Soul Hiker. And to keep up with Gilbert, subscribe to his posts here or follow him on Twitter or Facebook.