• Sunday Sanctuary

How to Recognise Opportunities

We're all pros at recognising when the going gets tough, but what about when a new opportunity is staring us in the face? We're often held back by our own risk-aversion, driven to see negatives in an otherwise positive situation. So how do we train ourselves to recognise opportunities?



You Feel Energised

Remember motivation? No matter how much we love our day to day and all the wonderful routines that we have in place, if a great opportunity comes knocking the world suddenly seems a little bit brighter. If you find yourself buzzing, it might be a sign that a door has just been opened.


You Want To Talk About It

A side-effect of a great opportunity means it's always on our mind. Just like going on a great date means all we want to do is talk to our mates about every little detail, so a great opportunity will make you want to shout from the rooftops, and get everyone you care about's opinion.


You Felt Led By It

Rather than going through the slog of figuring out the next steps, a good opportunity will feel like the path has been laid out for you - all you need to do is follow. Rather than imagining hurdles, your brain jumps straight to positive what-ifs.


Your Values Align

Coming across an opportunity that matches what you believe in isn't as common as you'd think. When you find yourself presented with a choice that speaks to you not just on a monetary or career-climbing level, but on a personal level too, it's likely that the opportunity is not just a good choice, but a great one.


You Feel Inspired

The first thing you think about when you wake up, the last thing you think about before bed. If a new opportunity inspires you with ideas that pop up in the shower, over breakfast, at the weekend, or walking the dog, it's obvious you've been hooked. Allow it to reel you in, and enjoy the excitement of becoming inspired.


Final Note

Opportunities are often what we make of any given situation. Reframing your mindset to see the positives rather than the negatives can spark an idea that leads to a better, brighter future, and learning to let go of fear can be one of the best things to ever happen to you.