Don’t Waste Your Opportunity!

Zechariah Newman —  July 8, 2014 — 13 Comments

A close friend of mine that runs a highly successful tech company asked me a few weeks ago, “What are your plans for the future?” I heard myself say, “I don’t know?” Like a slow motion fail. To me this interaction showed a deeper problem. Interactions just like that surrender opportunities to advance and spread our vision. One small question that could be an open door surrendered. You and I never know who people know and what they need. In these moments, the dream inside of me and the dream inside of you almost shrinks back.


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Why do we get so confused?

Doubt and fear pull us down. Good opportunities push us away from the dreams we feel God speaking into us. This is why I stopped and had no answer. Has this happened to you? Bold in a direction one day and then a few days later bold in a different direction. Yeah me neither. I was asking for a friend. In all actuality this happens to us all, yet we feel fear telling us not to talk about it. Our minds change on their own. What we think matters. Someone we trust says, “It doesn’t matter.” These things will push and pull us causing us to stand still. Stop the confusion!

Don’t waste another opportunity!

I don’t want you or I to waste another opportunity. Proverbs 29:18 says, “Where there is no vision the people perish.” So, with vision the people shall flourish. What is your vision? Could you explain it to me? What problem are you solving and for who are you solving it? You need to write it down. You need to know what you are aiming at. This is the only way to overcome the push and pull that will happen in your life.

Write down what you feel God calling you to in 3 to 5 years. In other words, where are you headed? Don’t think about the obstacles for a second. We live so small. We overestimate what we can do in a day and underestimate what we can do in a few years.

Stay focused!
The power of being focused for a period of time cannot be overstated. Writing and sticking to what you wrote will save you time and energy. Your written vision will help you in what to say “no” to and what to say “yes” to. It will stop you and I from getting so distracted with all the shiny things out there. Make it a priority to pray, seek God, and write down what He is saying.

Expand your horizons. Allow yourself to have the expectant hope of a child again. Write it down and start walking in that direction. Be prepared to share, learn from me and capitalize on opportunities to share your dream. Be blessed on your journey.

What do you feel God calling you to in the next three years?

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  • God is calling me to equip leaders. He is calling me to pursue my studies in organization development and leadership to gain the necessary tools to maximize my influence. I forsee myself growing a network of like-minded Christian professionals who seek to reclaim the seven mountains of culture.

    • Love it Paul. I knew you would have it nailed down. Love seeing you live that out!

  • Great thoughts Zech. In the next three years I feel called to serve in an even bigger way. Continue the work that I’m doing but my wife and I have been praying about doing some missions work in Kenya. Since my business is online I can run it from there and wouldn’t have to raise support.

  • Zech – Robert D. Smith talks about a personal mission statement in 20,000 Days – I love the concept and have been using it for a while.

    So many people fail to dream big and fail to verbalize those. I actually wrote out my prayer to God asking for His blessing on many areas.

    It’s amazing seeing Him provide.

    • Great reminder. I have to correct my vision constantly. We are all tend to limit are thinking.

  • Title of this post just pulls you in!

    Don’t waste an opportunity. Seize the day. Live it forward. Show up and shine every day in every way. Live into your bigger story!

    • Amen Kent. You live that out. I respect and admire you. Can’t wait to go to speak it forward;)

  • Great post.. God is truly calling me to show others love through all of my actions even when I don’t want to. He is calling me to speak about my faith and calling to everyone that would listen.

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