Opportunity; The Cornerstone of Accomplishment

I love that quote from Jordan! That’s saying a lot since Earvin “Magic” Johnson is my favorite basketball athlete of all time. But Jordan encapsulates the reality of what winning really is. Regardless if you’re into sports or not, the spirit of Jordan’s quote should ring true for any leader.

I want to highlight what the cornerstone of winning is. Namely, opportunity.

Interesting, I would have thought it was Jordan’s unmatched work ethic and talent. Why is “opportunity” so significant?

Opportunity is more than significant, opportunity is imperative. Think about this, what would Michael Jordan’s life (or his quote) have been like if he had been born in 1863 instead of 1963?

Enter Opportunity

Of all of the things that we work to control, our time, energy, effort, relationships, career, health, etc. one of the biggest things that we can not control is opportunity. Yes, we can position ourselves to align with possibility or a “lucky break”. But in its simplest form WE CAN NOT CONTROL OPPORTUNITY.

In other words, you and I did not choose when we were born. We had no say in the family-system that we grew up in. The era of life was not on a menu of options that we chose. You did not determine how much or little hair you would have.

Okay, I see what you’re saying but help me connect the dot to its importance.

To be clear, I’m not saying you should be experiencing some life-altering “a-ha” moment (but maybe). I am implying that there needs to be a high level of awareness that in some way, shape or form you need to grasp that you can only control so much.

When life aligns to success. When you meet your ideal partner. When you experience break through…be sure to pause and experience gratitude for the opportunity to “win”.

Top of Mind

That’s it. Its simple, I know, but we must remember that you and I are going at warp speed (or at least we would if we could!). As we are pushing hard, fast and forward there is a gravitational pull to look at ourself and feel satisfied with all that we have accomplished. All that we have completed. Look at how well I am moving the needle!

Let’s be prepared to win, no doubt. In fact, I regularly and quasi-kiddingly say:

There are only two things in life (1) Winning and (2) Winning.

However, keep top of mind that winning would not be possible if you were not granted the opportunity to accomplish your goal. When you create space to remember this fundamental reality, you will be a naturally grateful person.

Pulling for you,

Alan Andersen

This article previously appeared at Shandel Group. If you enjoyed this post, read Shandel’s book, Clarity: Focusing on What Matters.

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