Everyone I coach wants to be the best at what they do. They want to be champions. They strive for excellence. They’re the type of people who want to seize the best available opportunity and maximize their potential by completely committing to that opportunity until they achieve success. And if they don’t know how to do that – yet – I teach them to do it.
There’s a phenomenon I’ve observed in my clients I need to address: I’ll call it the shotgun approach. They pursue too many opportunities at once. They’re scattered. They dilute their energy and go in ten directions simultaneously. They think the more chances they pursue, the more likely they are to succeed at one of them.
That’s a problem.
Shotguns may work for duck hunting, but for goals—and learning to seize the best opportunity—not so much. What happens is that while they’re pursuing multiple opportunities, they miss the best ones. While their focus is all over the place, flitting here and there, they’re chronically late for the opportunities that really do matter—and they miss them altogether.
To Be First, Be Early
If you want to seize your best opportunities, you have to eliminate the unnecessary, irrelevant distractions. Remember, your goal is to win. Your mission is to be first at one thing, not fourth, fifth, or sixth at half a dozen things. Sure—being top ten may be great for some, but for you, it’s not the goal. Your goal is to be number one. That’s why you work hard. That’s why you spend your time and energy planning and refining your efforts.
That’s why you have to narrow your focus and choose the best option among many. Then, when that decision is made, don’t get distracted by lesser objectives. Ignore the minor opportunities. All they do is get in the way and make you late for the big one. Decide early, start training early, and show up early. That’s how you seize your best opportunity.
That’s how you become a champion.