3 Tips for Creating your Own Opportunities
When I was deciding on a topic for this week, I wanted to touch on something EXTRA juicy…EXTRA delicious that would spark a dynamic conversation.
I started thinking back to a time in 1994 when I needed to rescue myself and give Lisa a chance to see who Lisa could become. I needed to touch my full potential. My 100. Anyone been there? Or maybe you are there right now. If so, I promise you, #YANA (you are not alone).
You see, I had to figure out how to create new opportunities for myself. And if there is one thing I know for sure, sometimes you gotta LIVE IT before you can TEACH IT.
So, this week, I am sharing my top 3 tips for creating your own opportunities. These are the EXACT mindset shifts I used personally to touch my full potential.
#1 – Creations are born out of need.
Write this down. Creations are born out of need. What do I mean by that? What do people need that you can easily fulfill or not so easily fulfill, but you can fulfill, nonetheless?
Every business opportunity, every creation, every invention (and this was a really great AHA moment for me) were born from somebody needing something to either 1) eliminate a pain or discomfort or 2) bring forth a desire or a solution.
For example, the cell phone. Now we feel like we’ve lived with them for so long that we’ve never been without them. But there was a time when we didn’t have a cell phone. That need was born from a husband who needed to talk to his wife from the grocery store and ask, “What kind of brand did you want?” There was a need. And I’m just joking about that. But there was a need to talk to people while you were out and about. So, first the pager came, and then the phone came, and now you can have those types of conversations. That was a need.
Most things are born because someone wants to eliminate a discomfort, or they want to get closer to a desire. So, remember that creations/new opportunities are born out of a need.
So…ask yourself: “What do people need or desire that I can fulfill?”
#2 – Money isn’t earned or given. Money is created.
Write that down too. Money is not earned or given. Money is created. Now I know jobs allow you to earn money. And people can or will give you money. But when you look at it from a mindset that revenue is created, you begin to see opportunities. Meaning ask yourself:
What can I create?
What do I know that is of value to others? So much so, that they will put a monetary exchange on it.
What knowledge do I have?
How can I position it to the people who need it the most?
How can I offer it at a rate that people will say absolutely yes—even if it is a stretch for them?
For years, I did not understand the concept that money was created. I thought, oh I should just get another job. I have to work another hour and another hour until I ran out of hours in the day. I would start working at 9am and work until midnight. I worked two jobs. I left home at 7am and got home at midnight. There were no more hours in the day. I was at my max. So, I had a choice. Live at this max for the next 30 or 40 years or create something. So, I began to look at what I could create in exchange for money?
Now you won’t ever find this answer inside a box. Matter of fact, you won’t find this right on the outside of the box either. In order to get to the place where you recognize that you can create more money in your life, more opportunities, more revenue streams…you have to recognize that there isn’t a box at all.
#3 – View yourself as the answer to a need.
When you are looking at creating new opportunities, you have to look at yourself as the answer. Write this down. I AM THE ANSWER. Can you be the answer or provide the solution?
For example, if you are a master organizer–then that’s just what you do. It’s how you roll in life. That’s not me, but for you, that’s just what you do. Then you are the answer to someone like me. You’re the answer to my needs. I love a well-organized house. I’m just not the best organizer. I love structure and systems. I just don’t do structure. I don’t create structures and systems. I follow structured structures and systems. So, I’m always hiring someone to help bring structure. And then I follow it. And then that muscle that was in atrophy gets developed for me.
So, what do you do? What are you the answer to or are you willing to be the answer to? Because when you’re willing, write this down, too. When you’re the answer to a need, a new opportunity is born. Then add to that a value exchange financially. Add to that a marketing engine that says, “Hey, if you have that need, I’m right over here.” Add to that some structure, and you have a new business opportunity.
What do I know that’s just effortless to me?
What am I the answer to? The solution for?
What have I been doing for so long that I don’t even think it is special or a talent or a gift?
Most people’s new opportunities elude them…constantly elude them because they’re usually right in front of their faces. It’s something that you do effortlessly. It’s accounting. It’s math. It’s the number crunching. It’s the organization. It’s cleanliness. It’s the childcare system that you created years ago.
I love nothing more than to hear from you. It means everything to me. So please share with me your thoughts from this episode. What was the big AHA? What are you really good at that you realized, hold on…there might be some opportunity in that? What do you know so well that people might need to learn, or might bring value? Has something got your wheels turning? Please leave me a comment below and share it and declare it to me and the tribe.
Remember, this is your home. And there are always plenty of opportunities, possibilities and connections for you here. I LOVE you. I BELIEVE in you. And I’ll always be…
Your Sister in Prosperity and Possibility,