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Take a Chance – It Just May Be Worth It

There are so many things in life we may feel are happenstance, just a coincidence. What some call the luck of the draw, being in the right place at the right time, or even a “chance” encounter with someone, right?

Have you ever wished you were better prepared when this happened? I know I have. How often do we wish we could have jumped at the “chance”?

I read the other day that “chance favors only the prepared mind”, a saying attributed to the famed scientist Louis Pasteur. These words stuck with me. They kept playing over and over in my head … “chance favors only the prepared mind”. I like the sound of that. There’s something practical about it.

Unanticipated events come along in our lives when we least expect it. Some are good, some not so good. That’s how life is. Unexpected happens. It’s the good unexpected we want. If we’re working toward a goal and have our sights on achieving something, we want to be ready when opportunity arises. I believe this occurs more often than we think but we often miss the chance to act on it.

Life is full of right opportunities if we are ready for them. There are windows of opportunity which continually open and close for us. We have a limited time to avail ourselves of an opportunity before it slips away, and hopefully another one appears.

I believe it’s those moments of decision; those moments when we grab an opportunity, or let it go, that shape our lives. And if we linger too long at a long-lost opportunity, we’re letting other ones slip by. So, be ready when your right opportunity comes knocking. We need a prepared mind to act. If we’ve got a plan, we have a good chance at succeeding. We need not have it all figured out. As long as we’re pointing in the right direction plans seem to work themselves out.

So when that next opportunity comes knocking and you pull back out of doubt, just remember… “chance favors only the prepared mind” and this just may be YOUR chance. Be prepared for it.

©  Marc Townsend

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