Opportunity Does Not Knock Once

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Executive Speech Coach, Patricia Fripp, CSP, CPAE

Opportunity does not knock once, it knocks all the time. The trick is, we don’t always recognize the sound. The key to becoming more successful is to find opportunity in everyday life – not just wait for that life-altering, retire-in-the-Caribbean bolt from the blue.

Here’s how to start: Each day this month, you’re going to take a good, hard look at one aspect of your job, business, or presentation…and improve it.

  • Some people choose to think about their improvement goal first thing in the morning; others decide the night before. Either way works – but choose one and stick with it.
  • In addition to considering what you want to change, you need to think about why you want to change it. How will it make your life or business better?
  • Visualize, act, and carry yourself in the way that you aspire to be, not what you are.
  • Write down your goal in a place where you’ll see it several times a day, whether in a day planner, a sticky note on your computer, or clipped to your car dashboard.

The Chinese philosopher Lao-tzu famously said, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” By making one small improvement every day, you will find in a very short period of time you’ll be well on your way to becoming more successful than you ever thought possible. When you see how well it works for a month, you will want to make it a lifelong habit – and as I like to remind people, “We choose our habits.”

For more ideas on how you can cultivate better habits, read my previous blog post, “Do Your Habits Hurt or Help You?

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Executive Speech Coach and Hall of Fame Keynote Speaker Patricia Fripp works with individuals and companies who realize that powerful, persuasive presentation skills give them a competitive edge.