Taking Advantage Of Opportunities Can Be Beneficial Essay

If you ever want to achieve the life you've always dreamed of, you'll have to start taking positive, calculated risks. It is absolutely necessary to take chances to achieve anything great in life, however many are scared to take the initial leap.

As with any risk, there is always something at stake. In most instances, when it comes to your business, you stand to lose money, time and your reputation. Which are also the very same things you stand to gain! The benefits of taking risks will enrich your life and make your business or career much more rewarding.

One of my clients worked for the government for 15 years before deciding to start his own business. I helped him pinpoint his true passions and create a plan to profit from them. After moving to a new state, instead of searching for another civil servant position, he took his skills and experience of being an urban planner and translated them into a viable business for himself. Nervous about launching out on his own, he expressed this was the biggest risk he had ever taken and worried about where the income and clients would come from. However, after being in business for one year, he has already landed multiple contracts and generated a six-figure income. After taking the risk of quitting his job and launching his own firm, he's much happier and experiencing life on a new level.


  1. Taking risks opens you up to new challenges and opportunities. Push yourself to learn a new skill, such as public speaking, which comes in handy as a business owner.
  2. Taking risks empowers you to establish new limits in your mind. We all have boundaries or a comfort zone where we'd like to stay and many have misconstrued visions of what we think we deserve or are capable of accomplishing. When you take risks, you can eradicate that thinking, establish new boundaries, improve your outlook on life and your ability to achieve on high levels.
  3. Taking risks can cause you to become more creative. When you put yourself out on a limb, with a no-excuse approach, your natural problem-solving skills kick in and you're open to new ideas and are willing to try something new.
  4. Taking risks can result in a positive outcome. Not every life step can be carefully planned out. You'll never know if you can succeed unless you venture out into new territory. Is there a risk involved to do something totally new? Sure. But the reward is there too. When you give it your best shot and put all that you can into achieving the goal, you are more likely to make it happen.
  5. Taking risks help you to clearly define what you really want. Calculated risks are taken with careful thought. Yet the fact that you are taking a risk pushes you to make things work. Surely you will first have to determine if the reward is something you really want enough to take the chance. If it is, then move ahead and don't look back.
  6. Once you have become accustomed to taking risks, you break free from the average way of living and thinking. Instead of fighting to stay safe you gain the momentum and confidence needed to welcome new opportunities in your career or business. Risks build your self-confidence and self-respect, empowering you to feel stronger and more confident in taking on new endeavors. When you are open to new challenges you position yourself to profit a whole lot more than you would just staying the same.

Taking chances requires some blind trust in most cases. Nothing is really guaranteed. However, you have to trust your instincts. Sometimes your gut is leading you down an unknown path but inside you know that something big is on the other side. Go for it, you'll never know what all you can accomplish until you do something you've never done. Take the risk you'll step into some of your biggest rewards.

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By Barbara Seifert, Ph. D., CPC

Life is filled with many opportunities that are yours for the taking.  Sometimes these opportunities can show up overtly while at other times they can be hidden.  And there may be times when situations seem to fall in our lap.  But there are really no hidden opportunities.   We actually manifest these by our thoughts or wishes (desire, hope, goal); we would like for something to occur in our present self and then create it in our mind. Situations present themselves leading us to make a decision on whether we will take the challenge or not

But if you have a desire and the opportunity to achieve it, why is that you don’t take advantage of them? Why do these desires that seem hard to get become ignored?  You may justify that it’s not the ‘right time’ or you don’t have ‘the money.  There may be a ‘little voice” that says ‘you might not get the desired results anyway’ or that ‘you aren’t deserving’ of what you truly want.   So you might put it off, procrastinate on or stop working to attain the thing you truly want inside.

If this sounds like you, then it is time to face your fears and take advantage of any and all opportunities in front of you. It is time to begin to look at the end result and begin to take the steps toward reaching it.  By not going after your desires, you are doing a disservice to yourself, and possibly to others, which will only reinforce that you can’t get – or don’t deserve them.

Here are five ways to help you to open your eyes and to begin taking advantage when opportunities occur so you can achieve your dreams and begin living the life you want:

1) Review

Take time to look back on any opportunities that you did not go after and what led you to making that decision: was it a fear (failure, not being good enough, etc.), was it a money or other resource issue, did you not feel supported by others, or was it from lack of knowledge.  By exploring these ‘missed’ opportunities you can begin to see patterns in your behavior that you can work on

2) Challenge

Once you know why you did not follow through, you can now begin to challenge your thoughts; we cannot know any outcome until it occurs, meaning that you can amend your behaviors and can steer them into a positive outcome

3) Awareness

Commit to paying attention to what occurs in your daily life for situations that you can take advantage of; being more aware will help you to slow down and decide if it is the right time or right decision for you to make; identify what resources or support that might help you to take action

4) Be Bold

Identify those items you truly want; make them tangible so you can either see them or feel them; for example, if you want a new car, buy a toy model of one,  take a picture of it that you keep on your desk, or take one for a test drive.

5) Be Fearless

Take action on what you desire without giving your fear about it a thought.  Not giving into our fears will keep you moving forward and, as the saying goes, “Feel the fear and do it anyway.”

Dr. Barbara Seifert, CPC is the President of Committed to Your Success Coaching & Consulting in Orlando, Florida.  She works with small business owners & solopreneurs who want to achieve measurable and life-long improvements in their performance so they can make more money, have greater satisfaction and achieve personal and professional success.  She also coaches in organizations to enhance employee engagement and for leadership development. Dr. Seifert is an adjunct professor, a certified coach, a certified Neuro-Linguistic Programming practitioner and a Certified Law of Attraction coach.  You can learn more by visiting www.cyscoaching.com and Your Career Success Blog at www.allaboutcareerssite.wordpress.com.


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