Cultivating opportunities

In this episode, Tom discusses how to train our brain to see and to seize opportunities. 



3 Must-Hear Takeaways from this episode

People who always seem to find opportunities have trained their brains to find them.
Taking an action starts to convince our mind that opportunities are possible.
Don’t be sabotaged by limitations, be energized by possibilities.

Show Notes:

In life, we get what we’re looking for. Our brains are trained over time and success to find something good, or if we’re constantly looking at things from a negative perspective, to find bad situations.


Why? The RAS (Reticular Activating System) Effect.This phenomenon sees the brain limit the information surrounding us to only the things we know.


So, we have to leverage that to find opportunities. 


We can train our brains to release dopamine when we find and seize opportunities, so we feel rewarded by locating opportunities.


The Cultivating Opportunities Effect is when finding opportunities activates the action it takes to make more opportunities happen in your life.


Ways to cultivate opportunities:

1. Start saving for opportunities — If your brain knows you have that money set aside for an opportunity it gives your mind permission to look for them.


2. Seize opportunities — Fear holds us back, but if you start taking smart, calculated risks then you train your brain to not be stuck in your limitations.


3. Share opportunities — The more opportunities you make for others, the more they will make available to you. When you genuinely try to match people’s skills and desires, they start hunting for opportunities for you.


Start looking for small opportunities in order to train your brain to seize the big ones. Every opportunity you take hold of stretches you.


You can turn bad things into good things by looking for opportunities in bad moments. This will cause you to have a better outlook in life and start turning things into positives. 


Action Steps

Write down a goal and dream board to start triggering the RAS Effect for opportunities.