This article is about how to be prepared for new opportunities, even when they are not seen in the horizon.

With preparation, excellent performance and proper reaction will occur when the time comes.

Visualise on a daily basis different aspects of what you want to achieve and how you will achieve it. Then take practical steps.

Let’s say you want to buy a house but you don’t have the capital yet. Waiting for the time you will have it in order to start searching for houses is a mistake, because you will not be prepared to take the best decision and may even spend more for less.

Study the housing market and view houses for sale in your areas of preference. Go in-depth about typical pros and cons of houses currently on the market,  how pricing corresponds to perceived value, learn more about material like floors, tiles, doors, wardrobes, bathrooms and so on.

By doing this, not only you set yourself in the right frame of mind for buying the most suitable property, you rest assured that you will make good use of your money when it comes in the near future. Who knows, perhaps you’ll even save a few thousands that can be invested in other creative ways.

Another way to build-up your way to a new opportunity is by becoming active in everything related to it, even if you are still far from the desired end-result.

If for example you got interested in the tech industry. You want to start a relevant business but you don’t have the right background – join groups, go to local startup/tech events, meet and talk to people who know more and start reading and writing about it to become more acquainted. Build a solid infrastructure and when the opportunity appears, you’ll be ready to take full advantage.

Finally, it is important to leverage on global crises despite of them being negative for many people. Every crisis brings opportunities. When markets crash, it’s a good time to invest. Most people go into psychological depression during these times, even people who have not been directly affected. These periods present opportunities, as long as one remains calm with a clear and active mind despite the negative repercussions on many levels – economic, social, political, professional and personal.

I hope I gave you an outline on how to create and anticipate opportunities.

See you soon,

Alexis Makrides