The Power of Opportunity(2015)




Positive Vibe



Positive energy can do wonders in creating opportunities. Everyone likes to be around people who carry and give off positive energy. This is because positive energy is attractive and can surprisingly be contagious. Positive energy can really make a difference in your life. It can enhance your spirituality and improve your general and mental health. In return, it enables you to move faster towards success and helps you in polishing your relations with people.


Your energy is essential, not only for you but for all others around you. If you are having a bad day and you meet a person who’s giving off positive energy, you’ll be feeling good in no time! Positive energy can help you create opportunities whilst negative energy can actually destroy your chance of creating opportunities. Let’s look at two examples of differences in energy and how they may affect a common situation


Imagine you get a call for an interview. You dress appropriately, have confidence and are mentally ready for the interview. You arrive for the interview and greet the interviewer with a smile on your face. You answer all questions with confidence and use your sense of humour (decent) wherever applicable. Chances are that you’ll make the interviewer’s day and he or she would want to select you, just because of the positive energy that helped liven and brighten up the intense situation.


Now imagine you arrive for the interview. You are appropriately dressed but are nervous and hence mentally not ready. The interviewer asks a range of questions but you are lacking in confidence and therefore you look in distress. Without knowing, you’ll actually be giving off negative energy and it will affect the situation. This will only make the interviewer feel less keen in hiring you. Always remember that regardless of the situation, positive energy will always help.


People that are positive, naturally make others feel good around them. They give off positive vibes that make them warm, welcoming and appealing to others. Positive energy allows people to interact with you comfortably and hence, you are more likely to make new friends and relationships that can change your life for good! Always remember, life is full of ups and downs and sometimes you may be prone to depression. However, positive energy will help you fight any difficult situation and will help all others around you too.


Start being a little bit more positive today and you’ll be surprised to see the positive changes in your interactions with people and vice versa. Eliminate the stress from your lives by thinking positively and being optimistic. Let go of the negative people in your life that are not helping you grow. These negative people can really affect your chances of having opportunities. Their pessimistic nature will always get in your way and will make you think negative too. Take inspiration from good books and spend time doing what you love. Enjoy life and you’ll be giving off positive energy before you even know it.


Meet New People



Meeting new people is a wonderful and easy way through which opportunities can be created. The more people you know, the more your social circle starts to enhance and expand. New people in your life will help you grow, they may help you learn and see life from a different perspective. They may be wonderful positive energy carriers that can help you with better opportunities be it at work, in a relationship or in general. These new people may have the ability to change your life!


You may not even be aware but a new person around you may be carrying an opportunity that you can really make use of. What use is that opportunity that is being wasted because of your lack of good communication skills? This is where good people skills can really lend a hand. In order to be able to meet new people, you must start by focusing all of your energy to being positive. If negative thoughts are cluttering your mind, you will never be able to meet new people with ease.


So how can you stay positive? Simple! All you have to do is think positive and good thoughts. Keep a smile on your face and do not worry about the outcome of the meeting. When you are smiling, you will come across as friendly, therefore giving off positive energy. As a result, people will notice you and you will become more approachable and easy to get along with. Not worrying about the outcome will help you stay relaxed and will allow you to be yourself without any worries.


Search for new people in places of your interest. People that are present in your place of interest are more likely to get on with you since you share a common interest. If you are single, you have a chance of meeting your life partner here. On the other hand, you can also try new places and meet individuals who you share nothing in common with. This can help create opportunities. A sense of curiosity in something can actually help you learn and grow since you are likely to inquire more on the topic being discussed.


There may be somebody around you, who you want talk to but are not sure how to. The use of some good conversation starters can really get you going. You may want to simply compliment the person or kill the boredom with a brief introduction of yourself. If you are at an event, inquire about how they know the host and how they heard about the event. Depending on the situation and how you connect, you can ask about their occupation, family etc.


When meeting new people, always keep a smile but don’t over-do it. You want to come across as warm, welcoming and respectful. Avoid distracting people that may be busy with a phone call or another activity since it can tend to make you look rude. When meeting new people, keep the conversation general and avoid going into too many personal details. You don’t want to come across as nosy and make the other person feel uncomfortable. Once you have set the pace for the conversation, things will get easier and you’ll actually start to enjoy knowing the new individual.


Quality People and Opportunities



Quality is a subjective term and hence there can be no one definition to define quality. However in people, quality can generally be described as having quality features that make people more attractive to you. These may be people that are successful and live happy lives and people that enjoy their work and know how to inspire others. It might even be people that are funny and good at making you smile. Being around people like this can help create opportunities for you like never before.


Interacting with people that appeal to you, are successful and have a lot of good knowledge to share can inspire you and make you see life from a new perspective. These people can help you in making wiser decisions in life and can hence be a reason for opportunities being created for you. The more quality people in your life that you interact with, the more opportunities created for you. Let’s explain this with a general example:


Imagine you are single and looking for a life partner. Your ideal life partner would be somebody who appeals to you and shares similar interests. If you have a vast social circle of friends, you have a good chance of finding a life partner amongst them. People from your group of friends will always be easy to talk to and you can get to know more about them without coming across as intrusive. The more people you know, the more you will be talked to and talked about and hence you have a higher chance of being asked out.


However, as mentioned earlier, it is important to socialise with quality people. People that you find qualities in should be the ones that you are friends with. Quality people will naturally appeal to you and your chances of interaction will always be more. On the other hand, people that do not appeal to you should be avoided socialising with. Some people can be so negative that they can drastically affect your positive energy and well-being just by their presence.


You always want to interact with people that can help you grow and inspire you to be better and feel better about yourself. People who are appreciative and have a respect for others are wonderful individuals to be around. Whilst interacting with quality people can help your personal relationships, it can also help enhance your business relationships. If your business has a team of quality employees, you will attract other businesses to interact with you. In return, you polish your business image in the business world.


In order to create quality opportunities, you must always present yourself in a manner that is going to attract quality attention. Be kind, friendly as well as professional. It won’t be long before you start to turn heads. If you hesitate when it comes to talking to new people, you can make use of some of the tips mentioned in the previous section of “meet new people”. Only when you are able to interact with others comfortably, will you be able to make the most of the interaction.


You are the Sum of the 5 People Closest to You



There is a wonderful quote by the motivational speaker Jim Rohn that states, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” When you look into what is actually being said, you will come across a powerful finding. The people in your life, the people that you spend most time with and who you are the closest to, have a great impact on your life. They ultimately influence the person that you will become. And they surely do! Who you spend time with can enhance you as well as bring you down. 


Take your friends for instance, imagine a friend that is always whining and unhappy with their life, it will also affect your happiness and optimism towards life. On the other hand, if you are having a bad day, an inspiring and cheerful friend can cheer you up and inspire you to stay positive. It doesn’t only apply to your friends and affecting your happiness. The people around you can also drastically affect your personal success thereby affecting the opportunities that you may have.


Regardless of your intelligence, talent, skills, background and ethnicity, your success will always be dependent on the people that you surround yourself with. Good people that have qualities that appeal to you will help you be a better person in general. Their personalities and ways of dealing with different situations can enhance your well-being and help you make wiser decisions. Therefore, it is important that you are aware of the people that you hang out and socialise with.


The notion is fairly simple, yet it can be overlooked most of the times. In order to analyse the people affecting your life, start by asking yourself a few questions. Who are the 5 people in your life that you spend most time with? They don’t have to be exactly five in number.  3 to 5 people are fine. Analyse the hours spent with them. These 5 people may include family, co-workers, best friends and your life partner. Then you want to go into a few more details regarding this group of people.


Ask yourself who those people are in your life and how they are living their lives. Keep their career and success in mind. How are these people in terms of personality? Are they ambitious? Do they inspire you? If you end up getting more negative answers than positive, it is time that you analyse the affect that they are having on your life. The people should be able to enhance you and help you move towards your goals. If they are not helping you grown in anyway, should you really be around them for so long?


You can also think of the people in your life that have qualities of being inspiring, helpful and thereby creating opportunities for you. If these people are not in the list of the 5 people closest to you, maybe it’s time that you include them in that list. Always remember that although the people closest to you will affect your life, you will also be known by the company that you keep. Hang out with the people that have qualities that you will want to be known for.