A Lack of Readiness Means Lost Opportunities

Opportunity doesn’t wait until we’re rested, refreshed, at our best, our calendars have cleared, and our responsibilities have diminished to come along.

Future prospects continue to improve for residents of Santa Fe, with the economy rebounding, a wide variety of job openings, and the return of a primary source of revenue; the tourist season. I am delighted to see more and more of my clients arriving, through hard work and perseverance through frustration, at purpose and clarity, excitedly reaping the rewards of education, employment, and satisfaction, as they end of a long period of struggle.

Yet, I continue to see clients of all ages losing a competitive shot at great jobs and needed training due to hesitance, a habit of expecting disappointment, distraction, and a lack of focus.  The popular sayings “You snooze, you lose and “He who hesitates is lost” are apt explanations for why half-hearted efforts leave people behind while others achieve.

In making the selection of clients into various resource and training programs, we often use the phrase ability to benefit. Statements like “I just need a job, any job”, “I want to do something different”, and “I need some way to pay my bills” are clear signs that my client has a lot more work to do before they can find a job that will lead to financial security and personal satisfaction.  Seeking and settling for “any job” isn’t going to create that.  Waiting until the posted deadline to respond to a job opening could mean someone else already has started the position by the time you get around to submitting your application.  Throwing together a resume and cover letter in haste won’t help your chances either.

The answers to our challenges are ultimately inside ourselves.  But, we can’t expect to arrive at solutions and strategies without fresh ideas and input.  Occasionally, we are fortunate to arrive at inspiration, insight and the tools we need on our own.  More often, we need to research ideas, solicit information and opinions from family, friends and, — most importantly — knowledgeable experts.  Then, we must also make time to sort through what we’ve collected and think (maybe pray, too) about what we truly want to do and have the power to achieve.

I often make the joke of pointing out that someone who wants to be an oceanographer had better be prepared to move out of our land-locked, desert state. We need to be realistic and practical about our dreams. Do we have and wish to honor commitments that bind us to this community and the limited options available here? Can we really achieve a desire for fame and recognition without taking great risks and challenging ourselves beyond our ordinary lives? Do we want to be a lawyer simply because we like their portrayals in movies and on TV, the reputed great salaries, and have a habit of being argumentative? Or do we have the passion and drive to obtain a bachelor’s degree and go through two or more years of rigorous study and exhaustive exams to then work even harder for justice and success for our clients, which isn’t always achieved?

The way to get that just posted, amazing job or that scholarship someone told us about, is to lay as much groundwork for success as possible beforehand.  If you want change, you need to discover what you want to achieve as well as what is realistically required to get there.  You also need to be sure your education, training, resume and job search skills have been, or are on their way to being gathered and prepared for you to successfully compete when that chance which could improve your life presents itself.

Opportunity doesn’t wait until we’re rested, refreshed, at our best, our calendars have cleared, and our responsibilities have diminished to come along.  Have you done everything you can to be truly ready and willing to do what’s needed to jump and snatch it, when a great chance shows itself? If not, what can you begin today?

Posted on site 5/18/15