September 4, 2003.
Start where you are. Distant fields always look greener, but opportunity lies right where you are.
Can you honestly say that you are presently living life to its fullest, with every day even better than the day before? Or could your life use a little more pizzazz; a little more fun and excitement? If your life isnt all it could be or should be and could perhaps use a little spark, dont hit that panic button just yet. You can rest easy knowing that all you need to do to find anything and everything you have ever dreamed of is just do a little looking.
You dont have to break out the binoculars and search far and wide for your lucky breaks, nor do you have to look under every nook and cranny either. If you truly want to uncover the best life offers, you simply need to open your eyes and behold the immense opportunity all around you. Contrary to popular belief, the grass is always greener on your side of the fence.
It is faith in something and enthusiasm for something that makes a life worth looking at.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
But just standing in your back yard and waiting for good fortune to emerge isnt going to cut the mustard. In order to seize opportunity, you need to see it first. And that means knowing where to look. Walter Percy Chrysler said, The reason so many people never get anywhere in life is because when opportunity knocks, they are out in the backyard looking for four-leaf clovers.
One of the very best places to uncover opportunity is to look inside of you first. Thats right, if you look close enough and hard enough, you will discover that special something that makes your life worth living. Deep down inside of you lies a powerful, life changing array of gifts and talents that can turn you on and turn your life around if given half a chance. Its up to you to give them that chance.
One's destination is never a place, but rather a new way of LOOKING at things.
These special gifts and talents are opportunities looking for a place to happen. And happen they will if you are prepared to follow their lead and follow your heart. Rather than spend another moment looking at what you do not have, why not take a personal inventory of all of the gifts you do have? When you do, youll discover that you have a lot more going for you than you ever imagined.
And instead of looking at the problems and barriers you face, why not use your time finding the answers you seek. Crazy as it sounds, some of our best opportunities for turning our lives around come disguised as difficult dilemmas and challenging times. Its how you look at these moments that separate the select few who rise to the top from the vast majority that languish in mediocrity. If you see the problems you encounter as opportunities to grow and prosper, chances are very good you will do exactly that. On the other hand, if you view them as insurmountable obstacles, your outlook may well be your undoing.
People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can't find them, make them.
George Bernard Shaw
If you are looking to bring your best to the table (and who isnt?), then the way you look at things is crucial. You should strive to see the best in any adverse situation, never allowing people or circumstances to stand in the way of you passionately pursuing your dreams and aspirations.
H. Jackson Brown, Jr. suggested that we live the good life when he said, "Be bold and courageous. When you look back on your life, you'll regret the things you didn't do more than those you did." What super advice to follow! You should make certain that you give each and every day the best effort possible and then seek to make each day better than the day before. You never want to look back and say I wished I would have done this or wished I would have done that.
When you consistently look for a better way to do things, youll no doubt find them. When you persistently look for the very best in people, you will be able to see it. And when you look for the unlimited potential within, living life in a bold and courageous manner, you will uncover a buried treasure so rich and vibrant that you will be hardly able to believe it. But believe it you must and then start living it today.
The Bottom Line: When you get good at looking for the best in life, your life will soon be looking good.
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