October 8, 2007.
"The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen."
Frank Lloyd Wright
Who hasn't heard the familiar saying 'things happen for a reason' at least a thousand times over? But do things really happen for a reason? And when those seemingly inexplicable things do occur in our lives, some almost miraculous in nature, is it merely chance or circumstance that they happened? Is there a reason - or is there more to the story?
I guess the answers largely depend on whom you ask. Some will chalk it all up to luck or good fortune, nothing more than being at the right place at the right time. Then there are others who believe that there's a lot more going on than mere coincidence. These folks concede destiny may have steered them in the direction of opportunity, but they had to be at that right place at that right time to begin with.
"The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes."
Is there really a reason that some people repeatedly find themselves in the right place at the right time - or simply some quirk of fate? I guess you'll have to be the judge. But it is interesting that some of the hardest working people, those totally committed to making the most of their time on earth, seem to be at that right place more often than those who habitually slack their way through life. Interesting? Yes. But if you look closely, you'll realize it's hardly a coincidence.
The most remarkable discoveries imaginable are rarely made by the lazy and lethargic. No, it's the excited, enthusiastic, energetic individuals giving it everything they've got daily that make a name for themselves as they make history as well. Some will write off the accomplishments of these winners as some sort of fluke, as if they somehow lucked their way to the top. Truth be told, they actually positioned themselves to be in that 'right place' when opportunity knocked.
"Being at the right place at the right time can only happen when you keep moving toward the next opportunity."
It has been said that success occurs when preparation meeting opportunity. Being ready, willing and most importantly able to seize your chance whenever and wherever it occurs is the key to finding success. Sadly, it's precisely the ready, willing and able part that keeps most people from realizing their dreams.
Doing whatever it takes, whenever it is necessary, is more work than the majority of people want to invest. Oh sure, they want the best life has to offer; they're just not willing to pony up their best in return. Instead of preparing themselves to take advantage of the ever-present opportunities life provides, they sit on the sidelines, moaning and groaning about how lucky everyone else appears to be. They could do better, a whole better as a matter of fact. They just don't.
"Discover your true passions in life and you'll uncover your reasons for living, being and doing."
How about you? Are you ready to position yourself to be in the right place at the right time? Then you've got to stop sitting on your duff and start passionately pursuing your dreams with all the zest and zeal you can muster. That means giving it everything you've got, every single day. If you are willing to work hard enough and smart enough to get where you've always dreamed of going, your right time and right place is a lot closer than you ever imagined.
Suddenly, without warning and virtually out of nowhere, opportunity will land right smack dab in front of you. Right there - and right for the taking. So then what? Are you going to stand there and gawk and allow opportunity to slip away or are you going to do something about it right now? You've got to jump at the chance to make something magical happen in your life - and you have to do it right here and right now.
By consistently throwing your entire heart and soul into making your dreams come true, right now unexpectedly becomes the right time. And by persistently laying it all on the line every single day, right here magically becomes the right place. Can there be any two better reasons for doing your best - and doing it right where you are right now?
The Bottom Line: Wonderful things, fabulous things, some of the most extraordinary things in life do indeed happen for a reason. It's up to you to find YOUR reason and then make them happen right now.
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