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  • Writer's pictureLaura Greer

How to Find Opportunities: Breaking Free from Expectations and Fear



Opportunities like you wouldn't believe may be just around the corner, or even in front of you right now, but they may be shrouded from your sight.


What? That couldn't possibly be? You've been looking everywhere for opportunities and haven't seen the first spark?


So many of us crave opportunities that would launch us toward our goals, yet we are often blind to that which is right in front of us.


 

How to Find Opportunities

Blinder #1 - Expectations


So you've been looking everywhere for opportunities with no results? Have you considered what it is you're looking for?


When I first started writing, I had the preconceived notion that if it was ever to be useful to anyone, it would have to be in the form of a book. I'd have to find the time to write the thing, then try to find publishers to submit it to. I was a busy mom with two young children, so that wasn't going to happen any time soon (or so I thought - I would challenge myself on that thought if I could go back).


Besides, the only person I knew of who had been in the group was a published author, so it must be a group for people who are way ahead of me. No one would want to hear my story.


How to Find Opportunities

Blinder #2 - Fear


Besides, I'd be laughed at if I went to the writers' group. The most writing credit I had was winning the Soil and Water Conservation Essay Contest in high school. My writing at this point in life was full of the difficulties I had experienced and the light I was beginning to see. That one guy in the group was a novelist. I love fiction.


Well, I love reading it. But I'm no writer of fiction. Who would want to hear about my almost divorce, chronic pain, and frustration at all the roles women have to balance in motherhood? Fear kept me away from an opportunity that was right there in front of me for two full years after I first heard about it.


 

However, I did keep writing in my journal during that time. As we open ourselves to see opportunities without blinders, may we continue to follow the call our Creator has placed upon our hearts, even when we have no idea where it's going to lead.


But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6:30-33


What I expected to be a writers group for only published writers, and one I feared going to due to my lack of published experience, turned out to be a welcoming, encouraging and equipping space for any level of writer. And, that writers group introduced me to local writers conferences I had no idea existed - conferences that spoke to the very needs I had as an aspiring writer.


I learned to talk with and ask questions of people who have the knowledge I lack. Don't be afraid to ask the questions! Questions like, "How did you get here? Why did you learn along the way? What other opportunities are out there that I may not be aware of?"


Chances are, they will be blessed and beyond happy to share their knowledge with you.


 

Opportunities come to us when we're actively looking for them, but as I learned, we need to be openly receptive to how the opportunity may appear. What often seems to be out of reach may be more within your reach than you realize.


I didn't know what the road ahead would look like. I still don't know what's ahead, but what I do know is that I can faithfully take each step knowing that if I'm staying true to the call placed upon my life, then the opportunities will reveal themselves.


Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2


May we be transformed by the renewing of our minds as we focus on the things that matter most.


 

So, will you:


Forget

Everything

And

Run


or


Face

Everything

And

Rise?


You don't have to face it all at once, just one thing at a time. And you don't have to do it alone.


Make your declaration today! Comment "Face Everything And Rise" below in the comments, and anything else you'd like to add so we can encourage you.

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