Having a plan is important in life. You need to set goals that you will have to accomplish in a year or several years etc. But sometimes, life throws opportunities that might change your life. Just because it isn’t in the plan doesn’t mean you should ignore it. Life is about changes and growth with luck thrown in between. If you are not that lucky, you can always make your own. That is obvious in the countless success stories of people who have made it. They were able to seize opportunities that life gave them and turned it into something extraordinary. Improve yourself Life always offers opportunities for growth and advancement to people. At work, there is room for promotion and advancement. In your personal life, you have the chance to develop relationships and meet all types of people all the time. But in order to seize life opportunities, you need to improve yourself first. It is important to develop confidence and always give your best at all times. You will be able to meet any challenge or obstacle that comes your way if you have a strong personality. That includes balance. You must try to keep parts of your life equal. You set aside time for stress release, time to work and time for family. Self development is an on-going process and it will result to an improvement of your life overall. Identify the Possibilities No opportunity is too great or too small. But make sure you are able to identify the opportunity as such. Sometimes, you can ignore a chance for success when it could have been life-changing. For instance, if you are a writer, don’t expect to publish you first novel right away. You could begin to write articles for newspapers or even begin your own blog. Your work will speak for itself. You will soon be gaining a following if you are good at what you do. Maybe, a book isn’t your forte. You could be great at writing editorials or other material though. It has always been said that great things come from the littlest of things. Sometimes, in your search for one thing, you will find another opportunity. And you should be quick to identify that. Take a Risk! Carpe Diem means seize the day. That means you have to make the most out of everyday of your life. Taking a risk is a good way of grabbing life’s opportunities. Some people live such a monotonous life. They go to school, find a job and then retire. It is only when they are old do they take a shot at excitement. But that is wrong. Taking a risk makes life very worthwhile. Some have switched careers after 20 or so years of working because they have always wanted to do it. And they have found extreme happiness. If you have a well developed sense of self, you will not have trouble taking risks. While it is not right to grab every opportunity, you might be able to analyze what risks are worth taking. It’s spontaneity that makes life exciting. Try adding zest to your daily living and take chances. You’ll find it very exhilarating and you’ll have something to look forward to day by day.