Yesterday, a friend was moaning about how opportunities were shrinking and no one wanted a person of her age. While some opportunities could be out of reach to my friend, more than likely – she is shutting out / shutting down opportunities that could be viable. Why would my friend close out opportunities, especially if she believes the numbers are decreasing? Good question.
Here are some possibilities for why my friend misses opportunities:
- She is living in the past and the new opportunities aren’t with what she is familiar. SCARY.
- Current opportunities may require skills she doesn’t have – but could obtain. TOO MUCH TROUBLE.
- She wants to work when it fits into the rest of her life (which is her number one priority). WORK IS MORE OF A HOBBY THAN A COMMITMENT.
So if you are like my friend and see a shrinking set of opportunities, pause and see if the opportunities are actually less. Or, if you have put barriers in the way, shutting out good stuff that could be great for you?