5 Reasons Lost Opportunities Are Often Lost Forever

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Heraclitus wrote, “You cannot step twice into the same stream. For as you are stepping in, other and yet others waters flow on.” In other words, things are constantly changing, either gradually or dramatically, so there is a need for us to prepare, recognize and take advantage of opportunities that might positively impact and help the group that we serve.

True leaders consider alternatives without prejudgment, and think about things that are needed and/ or necessary. Only when someone becomes willing and able to objectively review needs, priorities, and how best to proceed, will he consider options, understand alternatives, and be able to identify opportunities, and opt for the best opportunity to take advantage.

Below are 5 Reasons Lost Opportunities Are Often Lost Forever.

1. Conditions constantly change: Nothing remains the same forever. Don’t be one of those people who never go beyond living in the past. While it is a good idea to understand the past, it is important to constantly remain openminded enough to consider alternatives, with an eye on present needs, and future considerations and ramifications.

2. Each of us also change in terms of our experiences, perceptions: We are also not static. Every day, we undergo some sort of transformation, based on these factors. It is important to understand that our changing perceptions will have an impact on our mindset, and we must use these favorably, so that we remain open to seeing what inevitably passes most of us by.

3. Evolve or lose opportunities: Unless you constantly undergo some degree of adaptation, you will fall deeper into the proverbial quagmire or quicksand, of watching life and opportunities pass you by. Once you lose even one opportunity, you generally diminish your overall ability and productivity.

4. Dare to act: Wise leaders dare to take smart risks, while lesser individuals shrink into their personal fears and self imposed limitations. Those who opt to procrastinate for whatever reasons (fear, self-doubt, personal weakness, desire to be popular) should probably avoid leading!

Take timely action

5. Take timely action: There will always be challenges and obstacles facing anyone who is a leader. Often, the deciding long-term factor of whether someone becomes a great, meaningful, effective leader, is being prepared, ready, willing and able, to properly evaluate situations, and step forward with an action plan to address present and future needs. Those that do this in a timely manner generally move their organization forward in a positive direction, while delays often exacerbate mere challenges into potential future cancer-like situations.

While it is true that opportunities continuously occur if we are prepared to see them (or proactively create them), it is also important to opt to act when the right one comes along! If you want to be an effective leader, understand these 5 Reasons Lost Opportunities Are Often Lost Forever.

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Arianne Suggs is the founder of 1966 Magazine. I love to write about fashion, beauty, lifestyle, fitness and travel. Join me on my journey.