We have been dwelling on the SWOT series for some weeks back and we have been discussing some topics related to our business and career life. We discussed Strength and Weaknesses which are Internal factors and today we'll be returning to our business as we look into the external factors as once explained.
External factors: the opportunities and threats presented by the environment external to you, your business/organization and career.
Wordweb dictionary defined Opportunity; a possibility due to a favourable combination of circumstances. ( Circumstances are your conditions in life.)
As Individuals especially Christians venturing into business, career or some personality development, we need to change our notion from this particular one: Seeing things from the eyes of the unfavourable.
A lot of individuals do not have results to show for their labours and input because they see/carry about the belief of 'not-in-my-favour'. You hear a lot of them say the job and even the business they are currently into does not favour them but these very ones believe it favours others.
'Oluwatobiloba now runs a blog many of my people say, spare me some bucks follows the discussion,
I do ask why should I? Blogging is favourable now they say! Who told you so?'
A lot of younger ones seek advices in careers to venture into, they seek advices in sectors to work, the truth is: No matter the amount of opportunity-bundles a life or business coach is placing your eyes on you'll not see them until you see them! remember; you see it to seize it.
What do you think the scripture was saying: 'and we know that all things work together for good for them that love God, to them that are called according to his purpose'- Romans 8:28(KJV)
All things that verse of the scripture is saying but most of us because of ur heart conditions and thinking patterns believe its unfavourable conditions that verse is referring to. NO! His thoughts towards us are thoughts of peace and not of evil Jeremiah 29;11 says.
So permit me on this Spiri-financial analysis state the Scripture this way; 'As we know that all opportunities(favourable conditions) work together for good to those that love God, to those who are called according to his purpose'- Romans 8:28.
Going deeper; Opportunities work for good to:
(a) Them that love God (b) The called according to His purpose.
This is inversely saying: Opportunities(favourable Conditions) do not work for; (a) Those who hate God (b) The ones not working in His purpose i.e His calling for their Lives.
(a) Them that Love God: Remember what we discussed about strength? God is our Strength!
SO opportunities(favourable conditions) work together for for those that love their Strengths!
How often do you maximize your strengths in favourable conditions?
A lot of us focus more on our weaknesses and like I discussed with you that under our weaknesses we do not make use of our Internal Strength(God, our gifts and talents etc.)
but our External Strength(the people our weaknesses attract). No wonder Christians especially now confuse Lack of Opportunities with Connections(the people you know)!
(b) The Called according to His purpose: Are you called according to His purpose? I am not talking about the calling of an Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor of Teacher, I am talking about that business/project/personality and career!
If you will agree with me, there are careers/disciplines/projects/business that you are called into and the proof is this: They do not conflict with Gods main call upon your Life!
A lot of us have failed in discovering this though, remember in a sub-topic Strength I told you; 'You are not made to do anything but everything' I think I'll need to explain this some further; 'You are made to do everything you are made to do!'
You only seem to see Opportunities when you operate in a career/field/business/project that you are called into.
Ensure you are doing what you are called to do because Opportunities work for good to people only in this category.
Till Some other times we'll be meeting again. I pray you a week filled with boundless Opportunities.