Definition of window of opportunity: A space in time that suddenly appears, like magic, making things possible that were not previously possible; thereby presenting precious opportunity for something new to happen.
Every day, we experience the titanic struggle between two opposing powers: The presence of fresh, new energies and possibilities of the unwritten future and those of the deeply engrained ways and habits of yesterday.
How much of today we cram up with yesterday determines how much space we make for the future to appear into.
The future is pressing in. Each one of us may be feeling it differently. Some through the urge to take a break and do ‘something else’. Others, as an inner impulse to refine or change their life-style. Or, to create and innovate inside of many contexts.
Here is a simple math equation: Today’s window of opportunity = Future – Yesterday
There is, of course, no way around bits of yesterday re-appearing today. Certain habits, states of being and states of knowledge form and reform the platform of sanity and stability and the launching platform for new ventures into our tomorrows.
But what about the habits and time and energy consuming little battles with inconsequential things that are nothing more than dead weights; a drag factor upon our evolutionary opportunity?
What developmental technology can we apply to help escape the consuming and inconsequential?
While there is more than one answer to the above question, one way of achieving it is: To create space for something else, in some way, every day and in every opportunity.
Do it in the morning before the day invades and takes over. Do it at night, before bed-time. Take a side-step whenever you can during the day and do something else. Something that may not make sense to the directive problem-solving framework that drives most people’s lives. Like taking a walk in an unusual time, listening, feeling, dwelling, contemplating… asking yourself seemingly silly questions such as “what is the universe up to today?” “What might be my role therein?”
In your people dealings, task yourself to respond rather than react. Be warm and considerate even if it’s the last thing you feel like being. Make little super efforts to listen properly. Train yourself to be an outcome designer – the hidden skill of great leaders – in your dealings with people by determining the state they walk away with after meeting you.
Task yourself to do things that live outside of the prison of mental conformity. Develop a space-creating, exploring conversation with the greater you – or someone else – and seek for deeper wisdoms, common sense or sound advice in different contexts. Use your imagery to imagine and reimagine the future and the part you seek to play therein. Compose and enact the tune, beat or little dance of the day. Write down what stands out to you in different situations. Pay attention to small, seemingly inconsequential matters to realise that they may be far more telling than at first sight. Integrating consistently this practice into your life may bear surprising impact in unexpected ways.
From your work experience, you know that processes that call for rapid change in behaviour and innovation can only materialise in a new space. The first thing that rears its head upon embarking on a change process is a reaction of everything that resists it. It is your task as a leader to engineer a window of opportunity for it to happen and succeed.
The universe creates for the human evolutionary windows of opportunity. The human’s task is to step into this delicious unknown to explore and create in countless ways. Fractals within fractals; windows within windows.
Leaders are windows of opportunity specialists. For themselves and then, for others. The other side of the dire straights that the world is in is an incredible window of opportunity the like of which the world has likely never experienced. It’s right there, close-by, at your fingertips, gates wide-open.
Life is a window of opportunity. Living is the act of realising it anew every day.
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