A great opportunity isn’t always a one lifetime opportunity, so it’s not a waste to let it go.
That previous comment may sound a bit harsh, let me explain. What I’m trying to say is that great opportunities are available for the ones that seek for them and, though they seem awesome, they are repeatable because they are only the result of a hard-working labor. Maybe they’ll not appear in the same place, nor in any close future. But if something is enough to change plans, it isn’t a decision to make based on the characteristics of the so-called “opportunity”, but on your original goal.
So, the real toil while reflecting on taking opportunities is in analyzing your aim. Because, what fuels your work will always be determined by the height, strength, and determination of your goals.
Maybe, you are in front of a bifurcating road, a “great opportunity” that everyone tells you to take, but it might not be what you were thinking for your future or be in contradiction with a goal in your relationships. In that case, as said before, analyze your goals. Also, an old objective can have flaws, so if you ever have a time for thinking, do it alone; and if you really are open to opinions, ask for help.
At the end, you may realize what are the true colors of the new option. It could have all to be a “great opportunity”, but not for yourself. On the other side, this option could actually give you two opportunities. The first is obvious because of the nature of the option, but the second would be to rethink your goals, and if you let the first opportunity go, it isn’t a total waste because it serves as a time to reflect.
Just remember: a great opportunity isn’t always a one lifetime opportunity, so it’s not a waste to let it go.