Recently I had the opportunity to have an all expenses paid trip to Indonesia for the total solar eclipse. I had wanted to see one since I was a kid plus we were going to a UNESCO Heritage listed site as well (I want to see them all.)
I literally had a few days to work out childcare, get clothing and everything necessary for this opportunity and had something like this come up last year, I could not have done it.
I don’t believe in luck. One of my favourite quotes is “Luck is where opportunities meet preparation!”
To create a life you love, you need to be prepared, know what you want and actively be doing things to enable you to be prepared when opportunities arrive.
With Indonesia, I was invited because I have actively networked with the right people, out myself out there, am a writer, speaker and have an audience. I have worked hard at it. Everyone I know who has been called lucky has worked for years before a great opportunity skyrocketed things for them.
How can you be prepared for opportunities?
1.) Know what you want!
Do you know what sort of life you want? Your goals, what sort of career, lifestyle, travel experiences, hobbies and family life you want? If you don’t know what you want you can’t prepare for it and be in a position to jump on opportunities.
Work out your values, spend time truly working out the life you want. I have a page with my favourite articles and resources to help you create a life you love here.
Work on it
You know what you want, what are you doing to make it happen? I have 10 steps to success with goals here which helps, but there are many other things you can do each day to help you get the life you want.
I use a planner, daily affirmations, vision boards and each day outline what I want to achieve that day. I have to do lists, but they are different now to how I used to do them. I have 3 things I must complete and if I do those 3 things the day was a success. Our to do lists can get out of hand. I have found by keeping it short and focussed, I achieve more. Separate to the 3 things I want to achieve I also have my list of everything I need/want to do and in my planners I have weekly, monthly and quarterly to do lists. I used to do annual or longer as well but found my life changes so much that sticking to quarters to achieve goals has worked better.
If you know where you want to be, taking a small step each day will make it happen much easier.
How did I make the most of Indonesia?
I love to travel and the opportunity to head to Indonesia, going places other than the typical Bali was amazing. For me to make the most of it I had to embrace things I would normally not.
Firstly, I did some research, then made a plan. I pitched articles to other publications, arranged some speaking and incorporated my trip into other aspects of my life and business when I got back. I wanted my trip to Indonesia to be beneficial for Indonesian Tourism.
I decided on the trip to immerse myself in the culture as much as possible. Indonesia had not been high on my list of places to visit, so at times I felt a little out of my comfort zone, the more I pushed myself, the better the experience was.
A few of the amazing experiences included:
Swimming over a coral reef only metres off shore while waiting for the total solar eclipse at Pantai Kilo Lima.
Photo by Travis Longmore Photography
Experiencing the total solar eclipse itself with the whole community cheering. The atmosphere was incredible. Definitely a once in a lifetime experience.
Travis Longmore Photography
Swimming at Salodik Waterfalls in South Sulawesi. Our guide told us these weren’t even good ones!
Travis Longmore Photography
Being a caucasian, I was asked for so many selfies! At some places I couldn’t even take one step without multiple requests. Even police, military and local government officials wanted their photo taken with us. (I was travelling with social media influencers and photographers).
Being able to write from anywhere at anytime, with breathtaking views was a spectacular experience.
Here is the view I had. We went to this cafe twice. Once on the way to our hotel, then again for breakfast another morning. We tried a drink our guides called ‘ginger tea’ which was a mixture of ginger, egg, sugar syrup and milk. We loved it. Fried bananas were served pretty much everywhere we went too.
We went from Luwuk to Toraja, both kind of remote areas. On the drive to Toraja we stopped at Bukit Kenari Hotel & Restaurant, Pare-Pare, Indonesia which has this stunning pool. We stayed for sunset and it was a moving experience.
There is so much to Indonesia, beyond Bali. It was such a beautiful, friendly country. I can’t wait to return.
Opportunities come up all the time. It is how prepared you are to take action that determines whether you can act on opportunities or not.
What are you doing to enable yourself to act on opportunities you want? What sort of lifestyle do you want?