What sentence do you see?
Your mindset is perhaps the most crucial piece of the puzzle in getting to where you want to be. Without a strong mindset and the desire to do well, you will find yourself procrastinating hour after hour and without really knowing where it is you want to go.
A recent technique I used to create a positive mindset is to balance the things in my life out on paper. I drew a vertical line through the middle of a page, on one side I had "benefit obtained" and on the other, "negativities eliminated".
Break down your personality (honestly...) traits and where you want to be.
So for example I know that I am often impatient with others and always consciously found myself talking rather than listening. I wrote down what it was I was focusing on; patience. I wrote down what I want to achieve; to become a better listener of others.
The benefits gained would be that I'd be more critical of my own ideas and processes. In turn, I would hopefully make less work of change and would take on board more suggestions. Another benefit would be the ability to formulate better ideas for others. If I listened more to what they were saying, absorbed it and deliberated over it, I would ultimately have more to offer that person.
Negativities eliminated - I would lose that narrow-mindedness I often get when I go head on into an idea. I would also lose a touch of my arrogant side and become more favourable with my peers/collegues when it came to choosing the best decision for the task at hand.
Picture yourself in third person, imagine you're watching a video of yourself in situ and be critical of yourself. Don't be afraid to pick out your bad habits and you will grow stronger as a result. Just by losing a little bit of ego, a little bit of your pessimistic side, you can become more opportunist. Imagine yourself 12 months from now, what opportunities do you want to come your way?
So what did you read first, "Opportunity is nowhere" or "Opportunity is now here"? Honest discussion please... What version did you read, and why do you think that was?