Opportunity works in mysterious ways. On my own journey of reinvention, I’ve read hundreds of books, listened to more hours of inspirational recordings than I can count and traveled across the country and back in search of “my home.”
Along the way, I’ve heard this sentiment repeated in various forms but it generally goes like this, “When you decide your mission and start moving in the direction of your dreams, the universe will rise up to meet you half way. Opportunities will suddenly appear because you’ll be ready for them.”
It’s really a variation on Louis Pasteur’s quote about “chance favoring the prepared mind,” and an underlying principal of the whole Law of Attraction movement.
Depending on whether I’m feeling depressed and pessimistic, or inspired and hopeful, this whole idea hits me differently.
In my darkest moments I just think, “That’s just magical thinking, real life sucks.” At other times, I can be more receptive and open and easily see countless examples of its truth in my own life. I agree with Wayne Dyer’s observation that “I will see it when I believe it.”
In November I spoke at the Stevie Women in Business Awards in New York where I was a finalist in 4 categories, including: Best Coach/Mentor of the Year and Best Entrepreneur of a Service Business Under 100 Employees. It was an expensive trip but I went with the belief that being there would lead to new opportunities for me— even though I had no idea what those would be.
After my presentation the head of PR and Social Media for Century 21introduced himself and asked me to write for their blog. This is a huge opportunity because they’re the largest real estate company in the world and it will bring tons of traffic to the Staging Diva Directory of Home Stagers which will benefit my graduates.
I didn’t speak at this event hoping to meet that particular contact, but it only happened because I was there. Read my first C21 article “Less is More When Selling Your Home Over the Holidays Says Staging Diva”.
Staging Diva Graduate Imogen Brown of Home Staging Brisbane saw a tweet from Century 21 on Twitter linking to my first blog post for them and tweeted congratulations to me.
A real estate/social media consultant in Australia saw Imogen’s tweet back to me and contacted her with an invitation to write a blog post for him that is syndicated across 40 real estate offices.
“Two lessons from all this:
1. You’ve got to love Twitter
2. Just keep connecting with people and great things will happen!”
If you’re feeling intimidated by the idea of being on Twitter or blogging, I have two products to help you.
The Home Stagers’s Guide to Twitter is written for absolute beginners and also contains advanced strategies as you get more comfortable with this medium.
Staging Diva Chronicles Volumes 1 and 2 include 24 articles/blog posts that are already written for you! You can use them in full or use parts to liven up your own writing in your blog, newsletter, etc.