Take Advantage of the Open Windows
Remember the song “Turn! Turn! Turn!” by The Byrds? It is still a popular song on the classic rock / oldies radio stations and if you haven’t heard it on the radio I bet you have heard that song used in dozens of TV advertisements.
It is pretty much a straight adaptation from the book of Ecclesiastes. The theme of the song and that book in the Bible is that there are windows in time or seasons for us to take action in regardless if we are planting, reaping or harvesting.
I am not claiming to be old, but do remember The Bionic Man, MASH and most of the Carter administration so it is fair to say that I have been around a little bit. As a father, husband and coach I have become intentional over the last few years about keeping an eye out for these windows in my life as well as in the lives of those around me. Most of the regrets that people have is that they didn’t do X when they had the chance and now they wish they could go back for a do-over.
I think that the regrets really center on not being aware of the window in which you have the ability, skills, desire and resources to do X. We often tell ourselves that we will do something someday but windows don’t always stay open to where we can take advantage of them.
We also fall into the trap of thinking that we can do everything. Guess what, this world has too many great activities, opportunities and paths to offer for us to take advantage of them all and this is okay, if you are conscious of this fact.
Some of the things that I keep an eye out for when talking to people about if they should pursue a course of action are:
- When will the window of opportunity close to them?
- What stage of life are they in?
- What kind of responsibilities do they have in their lives?
- If that course of action doesn’t work out, what are the long-term effects?
When you apply a few filters and ask some probing questions I believe that you will be able to figure out if moving forward to become a ski instructor for a couple of seasons, working the oil fields in Canada or starting a small business is something that you can afford to do or should do.
Once you decide you are going to become a pop musician or a history teacher or a rodeo bull rider, MOVE and pursue that course with all your heart and resources. If in the end, it doesn’t work out the accept the fact that you tried and you worked hard at something while your window of opportunity was open and move to the next opportunity with no regrets.
Do you have an example of when you spotted an open window of opportunity and moved quickly to take advantage of that opening? How did you know that there was a limited opening for you to pursue that dream or action? Please share your story with the Get2it community.