Pedro Latorre

Los Angeles, California

Founder of Hope in Motion. Drummer for Christian artists Group 1 Crew and KJ-52.

 

 


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Thursday
May172012

Opportunity Kills People

"The hall, that is killing many"

 

Have you ever heard the statement, “When it rains it pours?”

Thought so.

I think this statement is often used when someone stubs there toe and then almost simultaneously gets a call that there child has the flu.

I have had my fair share of rainy days and I am sure you have as well.

Opportunity often seems to come in waves… and sometimes tsunamis.

I will spend months thinking, praying, and planning yet feeling like there are no opportunities in any direction.

Sometimes it feels as though I should buy a house in a neighborhood full of dead end cul-de-sacs just to reinforce this feeling!

The ironic thing about opportunity is this: When you have none, you just want one. And when you have a ton, you’re just stressed out.

Options are great if you’re at a buffet, but in the real world they more times than not will leave you frustrated and confused.

WHY?

Options cause us to ask questions. Sadly they don’t have a mouth and they will not talk back.

Options make us feel needed. This sounds great until your ego inflates like a hot pocket.

Options cause us to ‘rubber neck.’ Every second your not looking forward, is a chance for you to miss what’s in front of you…both the good and the bad.

Options cause us to believe that a choice has to be made, NOW.

Options give us dreamy eyes, like a 17 year old girl who is watching, ‘The Vow’ & ‘The Notebook’…at the same time. DANGEROUS!

Options are not evil but they should be handled with care.

Recently, I have been in the ring wrestling with opportunity. Actually if I am being honest, I have been wrestling with a question. “How far is too far?”

Before you get all worried, you should know that I am married. Just to clear up any speculations.

What I mean is: “How far should I allow these opportunities to pull me before I kill myself with thinking and over analyzing?”

I have developed a simple filter to which all of my opportunities now pass through.

1.)  Is this credible & concrete? (or just fluff)

2.)  Does this line up with my gifts, my passions, my goals, my beliefs?

3.)  What does my wife think? (listen to what she is & isn’t saying)

4.)  How much space will it take up? (my time, my attention)

5.)   Why me, Why now? (I pray & listen)

Find a filter that works for you so you can keep your eyes on what’s ahead and not allow opportunity to kill you. Good things can weigh us down.

 

What opportunities are choking the life out of you right now?

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