Are you a thinker or simply a doer? Some people “overanalyze” a situation until they completely miss out all-together. Others step through a door without ever looking. Their heart gets ahead of their brain. When doors of opportunity open for us, we need a good dose of reality to help us balance our thoughts to understand the reality of how it could affect our lives and the lives of others. Many doors of opportunity open and it is completely obvious that it is not for you. Other doors open and you feel emotional tugs in all directions except forward. Learning yourself and what makes you tick will help your discernment in truthfully evaluating each door of opportunity. In the first post I gave you the first five principles of evaluating these open doors. Now, let’s look at the last five.
6- Don’t kick a door open – There are some doors we look at with anticipation. We hope it is for us. Just remember, good doors open themselves without forcing it.
7- Give it proper time to develop – Just because an opportunity presents itself, it doesn’t mean the timing is right. Allow the process to mature as much as possible before you make a decision.
8- See if it is “your” door – There are great doors opening all the time, just not right for you. Just because something is “good”, it doesn’t mean it is best. Don’t allow the mediocre to cloud your thinking.
9- Listen to the wisdom of others who have already been there – Never shun the counsel of a wise person. The have been there and done that. On the other hand you can’t listen to everyone who has an opinion. Experience trumps opinions every time.
10- Don’t ignore the first nine principles – When you through caution to the wind, you set yourself up for a bumpy ride. Everything I mentioned might not check off perfectly in every situation, but if the majority are a “no”, they you should beware.
If the answers line up it will give you peace to step through the door. If they are raising “flags” in your mind, listen!