Be mentally and practically ready for opportunities, even when they seem to be far.

Don’t wait for them to fall from the sky though. Be prepared for maximum performance and proper reaction when it will be needed.

The preparation takes place first in the mind by visualising all possible aspects of what you want to achieve and how you will achieve it. This process takes place on a daily basis.

The practical steps then follow.

Let’s say you want to buy a house but you don’t have the money yet. Waiting until the moment you will have the money in order to go and see houses is a mistake, not only because of the lack of anticipation, also because you will probably not take the best decision and may even spend more for less.

Understand the housing market. Go and see houses for sale in your areas of preference. Go into more depth about housing, what are the typical pros and cons of houses currently on the market,  how often does the pricing correspond to the perceived value of the house, learn 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 relevant background – join related 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 like no other, as long as one remains with a clear and active mind despite the negative repercussions on many levels – economic, social, political, professional and personal.

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

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Alexis Makrides