Spring is finally here. A time when I start to get excited and come up with (even more!!) ideas. It’s a great reminder that, no matter how bad the ‘winters of our lives’ turn out to be, Spring will always come. It’s a time of newness, freshness, opportunity, growth and possibility.
We’re now a third of the way through the year. This is a great chance to review where we are, and make some adjustments. If those dreams and goals you wanted in January still haven’t made their way off your to-do list; or if you have tried but it’s not going as well as you’d hoped — do not fear! I’m here to help you create opportunities.
2. Sharing those with the world in some way.
1. WHO ARE YOU AND WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE IN?
The more authentically that we represent ourselves, the easier it is to attract the people, circumstances and opportunities that resonate with us.
To be authentic, we need to know ourselves first and then be brave enough to share that. Start with asking yourself these questions:
- what do I believe in?
- what do I stand for?
- what do I want people to know about me?
- what type of people do I most resonate with and what opportunities do I want to attract into my life and why? What qualities do I need to develop in myself in order for this happen?
- what is unique/ different about me?
- If I could describe myself in 5 words what would they be?
- what are my strengths/ skills/ messages?
- what do I want to contribute to the world?
Our online worlds, particularly if they are public, are becoming our online CVs. The likelihood is before someone employs you, dates you, meets up with you, and buys from you, they’ve googled you, looked at your social media (if it’s public), checked out your work history on linkedin, and watched any videos or blogs you might have. Freaky, but true. The internet is an extremely powerful tool for generating opportunity, if used in the right way because it enables people to get to know you.
Spend time reviewing your online world. How you are representing yourself; do you shine through? Is your messaging clear? Are you being congruent between who you say you are and who you actually are? If you were visiting your online world, what 3 words would you use to describe this person?
- Once your foundations are clear, experiment with different platforms and ways of expression, what worked? What do you enjoy the most? What generated the most opportunities? (give this time, don’t expect immediate results )
3. F I N D W A Y S T O S H A R E Y O U R P A S S I O N S F O R F R E E
Doing things for free is a great way to get yourself out in the world. You can develop collaborations, meet new people, test new ideas and refine your skills. It also helps build relationships with others and develop trust and credibility.
Here are some examples of moving passion into opportunity:
- Passionate about cooking? Bring a dish into work once a month, organise a bake-off for charity.
- Animal welfare your thing? Apply to be cat-cuddler in a rescue centre and learn about how organisations run, (seriously that’s got to be an amazing job!!)
- Want to be a public speaker? Find 3 places that you can get in front of an audience. This could be a village hall, amateur dramatics or a network meeting where you have to introduce yourself.
- Desperate to run a successful blog? Find 3 platforms that are looking for people to write a guest blog and practice writing to deadlines.
4. U S E S U C C E S S F U L L A N G U A G E
Language is extremely powerful. Not only is what we say an affirmation to ourselves, it also generates feeling in others. If you don’t believe in yourself and doubt what you are doing, your language will reflect. This gives the unconscious message “I’m not good at this, don’t invest in me”. On the flip side, if you are enthusiastic and passionate; it’s contagious. Over time people will start associating you with that subject and that enthusiasm; with that comes opportunities.
5. J U S T S T A R T
The whole point with goals, dreams, changes and ambitions is that they are meant to be challenging. They create a gap between where you are now and where you want to be. You aren’t meant to know everything or to be 100% confident before you start. It is the action that closes the gap–and grows your confidence. It sounds obvious, but if you paralyse yourself with the fear of perfection before you begin, you are lowering your opportunities to 0%. Not very good odds!!