A few days ago, I was attending a Retreat in Midway, Utah with friends and colleagues. I was fortunate enough to share this event with such inspiring people as Kevin Hall, John Soto, Terri Sjodin, and others. What I learned from them has already made a difference in my life. Several ideas that have been lingering in the back of my mind for some time have now been ignited with their encouraging messages.
Have you ever been somewhere, either at work or home or even listening to the radio where you heard something that made you think to yourself: “I’m gonna do that! I’m gonna make that call. It might mean taking a chance, getting out of my comfort zone – but in the long run, I can see where it is going to make a difference in my life.”
Whether it is approaching your boss about a certain idea or a family or friend about something that has been weighing on your mind, you heard something that inspired you to take a chance.
However, when you got home, did you go with that idea or leave it till tomorrow? Has “tomorrow” ever come? It seemed like a good idea at the time, but you replaced it in the back of your mind for another day.
If, in fact, you made no changes, and continued your daily routine as before, then you have missed out on an opportunity. Good decision or not, if you didn’t act on it, how will you ever know?
I am not a firm believer in “coincidences.” I believe things happen for a reason. I have to. Was it a coincidence that my father heard Art Berg speak at a convention two months before my accident? Or that he was so deeply moved by what Art had said that he tried unsuccessfully many times to get his children together to watch Art’s video? Was it a coincidence that upon hearing of my accident, Art came to see me in the hospital?
These incidences happened for a reason and have impacted my life more than I can ever say. I will forever be grateful to my dad and to Art for acting on their thoughts.
Have we developed our full potential to make the most of the road we are on? Kevin Hall makes a valid observation in his book “Aspire” regarding those who recognize these opportunities and not only pursue them, but follow through so they may stay on their chosen path:
1) They are able to read the clues that guide them.
2) They are very clear about where they are going.
3) They recognize and embrace their natural gifts.
4) They are willing to sacrifice to make significant contributions.
5) They follow their bliss.
As a result, they meet people who have been placed there to guide them along their journey. Coincidence or not, it seems there are people who happen to be in the right place at the right time. What we do when we meet these people and the course of action we take as they are presented to us can either be a missed opportunity or a step towards a more fulfilled life.
The choice is yours.