Opportunities: how can we look for them?
We are all looking for opportunities, aren’t we? Or do we focus mainly on problems?
How often have you heard that every problem is an opportunity? Is this true?
So what is the difference between a problem and an opportunity?
Opportunities and problems are opposites.
Usually, we do things because we can see the benefit of doing them.
A problem exists when we see a benefit, but we are not able to generate it.
An opportunity exists when there are things that we are able to do, but we have not yet seen the benefit of doing them.
Whether or not we can turn every problem into an opportunity, we can focus less on problems and focus more on opportunities.
When we have a problem, we focus on the benefits that we cannot generate:
- we do not know what things to do to generate the benefit
- we know what things to do, but do not know how to do them,
- we know how to do them, but are not able to do them.
When we have an opportunity, we focus on benefits that we can generate.
How can we look for opportunities?
We can relax about the things that we are not able to do, and focus on the things that we are able to do.
We can relax about the benefits that we are not able to generate and focus on benefits that we are able to generate.
Is this an opportunity for us all?