Opportunity Arrives When You Least Expect It

Posted May 12, 2014 by Amanda Boleyn in On the Ladder

A few weeks ago I was playing an intense game of Sudoku. I say intense because it wasn’t just one block of numbers, it was 4 blocks that overlapped each other. Luckily I was on a 4-hour plane ride and wasn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

If you’ve ever played Sudoku you know how rewarding and frustrating it can be at the same time. It’s rewarding when we start figuring out where numbers go, we’re completing squares and we’re on your way to finishing the puzzle. I say frustrating because we stare at the puzzle for 5 minutes at a loss when we can’t see the next step.

I starred at my Sudoku for 10 minutes and couldn’t see any opportunities…I was STUCK. My motivation was decreasing, my stamina to keep going was slipping away, and I was frustrated.

Instead of continuing to stare I put the Sudoku down and started reading for a bit. 30 minutes later I pick the Sudoku back up and I was able to see opportunities that I hadn’t been able to before.

A client once told me, 

Sometimes when we’re so close to the trees we can’t see the forest.

Just like in the game of Sudoku and in life, we need to take breaks to gain perspective and change the way we look at things in order to see our opportunities.

Wayne Dyer summed it up this way,

 If we change the way we look at things the things we look at change.

About the Author

Amanda Boleyn

Amanda manages a consulting company that focuses on implementing sales processes and employee engagement strategies. She is also the author of the "Monday Morning Eye Opener." (Found on her website - amandaboleyn.com) Her weekly email encourages us to change the way we look at things so that the things we look at changes.