Whoever said that opportunity only knocks once was way off base. The fact is that opportunity presents itself all day, every day. The trick is to know the good opportunities from the bad. It is even harder some time to know the good from the better, or even the better from the best. Obviously every opportunity is not good for you or the right one for your life. How do approach them? What litmus test can you use to see them in a true light? There will be some “open doors” that are obviously the right ones, and others that are not so easy to understand. Below I want to give you ten guidelines to consider. In this post, I will mention the first five.
1- Investigate it – Never take anything at face value. Look at it from all angles and understand it as fully as possible before you step through it.
2- Trust your gut feeling – First impressions are often the best impressions. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
3- Be sure it aligns with your faith – As a Christian I will base things on my belief in the Bible. If it violates my doctrinal beliefs, it is not a good door for me.
4- Look at the long-term effects – How can accepting this opportunity affect you years down the road? Never trade all of your tomorrows for one today!
5- Note all the people it affects – As a dad, when I make decisions it affects my entire family. Look at the ramifications on the lives of others.
Just because a door opens, it may not be the right door for you. Just because it is not fully open, doesn’t mean it is the wrong door either.