This ability to create and recognize opportunity is very important for us if we want to start growing our personal lives, deepening our connections with people, as well as, of course, the money that’s in our pockets. In fact, if you just focus on what we’re about to talk about, and focus on no other part of this success system, you’ll definitely get your worth out of it.

Get into the mindset of making sure that you get a return on your investment.

If it’s an investment of energy into a relationship, an investment of your time into a project, or your money down on a personal development product, start expecting of yourself that you’re going to get a return on your investment.

I went to a seminar and paid a couple thousand dollars just to get in. That doesn’t even take into account airfare, meals and all the other expenses incurred. I formed new relationships with people that could be very beneficial to my business – to grow it.

When the seminar had ended, I returned home and the busyness of my life took over again. I have to be here, I have this appointment, I have these clients to work with—you know how it is.

Two weeks…three weeks…a month went by. The bottom line is: I put several thousand dollars down as an investment in my business and in my position in my life, to better it, and I didn’t take ACTION on it, so I basically threw the money away. Make it a mantra that when you do something, you’re going to make a commitment and have the expectation that you’re going to get a return on your investment (ROI).

Going along with that idea, of course, you’re going to have to take action and have a plan, so you can make sure to have this ROI. It doesn’t have to be money. If you have energy invested in a relationship and you’re not getting your “ROI,” you have to take a look at why. Is it because you’re not putting something in that needs to be there to get the return back? Does the relationship have to be changed? Start expecting this. In talking about “Creating and Recognizing Opportunity,” how do we prepare for something like this? We don’t know where opportunity is, when it’s going to show up, or what is going to be expected of you in order to take advantage of the opportunity. You don’t know what the outcome is going to be if you do jump on and take advantage of an opportunity.

You also don’t know if it’s going to be worth your time or worth the risk involved, so there are a lot of unknowns with opportunity. You can’t even see it, let alone quantifying whether it’s going to be worth it for you. Yet, finding opportunity in your life and around you is very vital to your success.

Really good opportunities, a lot of times, come and go quickly. Either somebody next to you jumps on it or it just passes by like a moment, and then you’re still in the same spot you were in before, which is not why we’re here. We’re here to learn how to move from spot A to B to C. The truth of the matter is, opportunity is everywhere. It’s everywhere in your life right now—all over the place. It’s incredible how much it’s in your life, but most of the time we don’t see it. Why do you think we don’t see opportunity?

We each have a perspective on our lives. Whatever your perspective is, is pretty much consistent from day to day because that’s how your world is shaped, that’s how you have shaped it. So we have this perspective and we really have to work on changing it.

When you work on and start to be able to change your perspective, and you can see things in a different light or from different angles, different viewpoints, then you’re starting to get on the right track to seeing opportunity. When you open up your mind and allow for these other possibilities, you start to see that they are all around you.