I have often had conversations with people that are making a decision on something, based on limited information, or what they "think". Many have not gathered all the information they need to make a fully informed decision. They base their decision on current circumstance, fear or limiting beliefs of what is possible for them, or the "well meaning" advice of others.
There is a big danger n this. Those that make decisions in this way, rob themselves of countless opportunities to learn, grow, and create happiness and fulfillment in their lives. Let's look at a couple of examples:
Bob has an opportunity to advance in his career, but it would require speaking in front of groups and he has a fear of speaking. Bob doesn't apply for the new position being offered, even though he wants to advance and has the qualifications. Bob doesn't realize the company would not expect him to do this until he has been through the company training that is offered, so he misses the opportunity. Even worse, Bob doesn't even know the company offers this training to assist him, so he has shut out an opportunity without all the information he requires to make the decision.
Jack has an opportunity to start a business, but he doesn't have the capital required. He is also taking advice from his broke friends. Jack is only interested in the amount of capital required, and doesn't get all the details on the business because he is only focused on what he "doesn't" have. He is also taking the "well meaning" advice of his broke friends who are not qualified to give him advice to take his life to the next level. He misses out on an opportunity that could dramatically change his life for the better.
Mary is single and has a friend that wants to introduce her to someone new, but she immediately says no because she thinks this person isn't her "type". She hasn't met him or spent any time with him to actually know, so she misses the opportunity to perhaps meet her ideal partner.
All of them made their decisions on the first piece of info they had. They closed the door on what could have been a great opportunity, and perhaps could have the potential to change their life in a positive direction.
How many missed opportunities have you had in your life? How many times have you lookd back and thought "I should have....." This is living life with regrets and is caused from living in fear and believing in limitations you perceive are stopping you.
I believe there are solutions for everything. We may not know in the moment what that solution is, or if we have what it takes. However, by being solution oriented in our thinking, testing new things, and embracing opportunity, we learn and grow and achieve things we never knew we could. Each time we do this, we build our self esteem, our confidence and our capabilities. This allows us to continue raising the bar for what is possible to live life on purpose, rather than settling for what we think we can have....or even worse, what some "well meaning" person has told us we are capable of....
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