Many people believe that opportunity is something that only really lucky people find. Fortunately, this is rarely the case when it comes to most opportunities. This is great news because it means you don’t have to rely on luck in order to find opportunity. Some of the most successful people became successful because they knew how to create opportunities for themselves. Creating opportunities isn’t easy: it involves hard work and dedication. However, since you can create them, anyone can become successful. I have created a step by step process to how you, yes you, can create opportunities.
It Starts with Courage
Courage is, as defined by Dictionary.com, “the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear; bravery.” Many people struggle to find courage because being courageous often involves putting yourself out there for the rejection or approval of others. Being courageous can mean putting yourself in situations with many unknowns. Therefore, being courageous can be scary. But courage is the quality of mind that enables us to actually pursue our dreams.
Having self-worth means that you know you are worthy of belonging and respect despite your imperfections. A crucial part of creating opportunities is believing you are worthy of opportunity. When you let others’ negative evaluations of you prevent you from pursuing your dreams, you actively turn away from opportunity. As a human being, you deserve to take the opportunity to chase your dreams, even if others don’t believe in you. Remember, if you don’t believe you are worthy of opportunity you are going to miss the opportunities right in front of you.
Teachability and Growth
In order to create opportunities, we need to continually be open to learning and growth. Obstacles on your journey to success are often opportunities for personal growth. Though it can be uncomfortable, the benefits of overcoming challenges on the path to success far outweigh the struggle. Learning new skills can be overwhelming, but the lessons we learn along the way enable us to reach the success we’ve been dreaming of.
“Be excellent” may sound like good, although impractical, advice. But this part of the Moxie Cycle is much deeper than just being excellent. It’s about putting an intentional effort into being the best you can be at whatever you’re striving for. Part of creating opportunities is putting effort into being the best you can be.
The final step is opportunity. According to Dictionary.com, an opportunity is “a situation or condition favorable for attainment of a goal.” Opportunities are something that we create for ourselves through courage, self-worth, teachability, and excellence. The Moxie Cycle is a never-ending process of creating opportunities for yourself. When you courageously pursue a goal, rise to the challenges in front of you, put in time and effort, and then confidently seize opportunity, that’s moxie.
Empowering Other Women
The Moxie Cycle was not intended to be completed alone. That’s why I’m creating a community of empowered women who are focused on empowering other women. My goal is to create a place for women to build each other up; I want to help other women find their moxie. I started the Coil Foundation to inspire other women that they too have the power to create opportunities for themselves. When you create opportunities for yourself, and help other women to find opportunities, that’s moxie.