Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Don't Miss the Forest Through The Trees

We've all heard the expression "You can't see the forest through the trees", and usually we can relate this to focusing so closely on the little details that we miss the big picture.

Today we are going to discuss what happens when great opportunities arise right in front of people who can't see opportunity amidst their responsibilities... people who can't see the forest through the trees.

In essence, we attract what is coming to us. This is called the "Law of Attraction" and is the basis for books/ DVD's like "The Secret", or "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff".

The Law of Attraction states that whatever we focus on the most will be brought back to us full force via the universe. Believe it or not, if all you do is bitch about traffic problems, even relatively minor traffic will abide by this law, as 3 cars in front of you at a red light will be enough to piss you off.

As it relates to opportunity, we often get so mired in our 'inbox' or 'to do' pile that we bury our head at our desks, and miss a) opportunities to help others that would result in unkown opportunities as they look to reciprocate a favor (and they will), b) personal opportunities with our significant other or children because we come home drained, or c) we miss out on years by keeping on 'autopilot' and reacting to our days rather than dictating them.

Even the Law of Attraction tries to bend the rules to make breaks for "the little guy". Those people who always complain about how much work they have create more work for themselves, all the while they could prioritize and focus their energies into the work that would create opportunities, or lift their head once in a while and see what's out there.

I actually had that conversation today with a bright and talented young man who 'pulled the shoot' (his words) on a great opportunity because he felt overwhelmed. What he didn't realize was the only source(s) of pressure on him were opportunities that were begging him to act upon ONE of them: med school, physio school, national sports coaching, people leadership and a great lifestyle career.

He completely missed the forest through the trees that were 2 feet in front of him, because life happens fast and if we don't have a plan, we don't have a prayer...

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