There aren’t too many more magnificent sights in nature than an eagle swooping down on their prey.

It’s a wonderful combination of power, grace and precision as the talons reach out and they catch their next meal.

But before an eagle swoops, they need to see the opportunity.

They use their extraordinary vision and focus to see their prey from high in the sky.

And before they see the opportunity, they need to position themselves.

They soar high on warm thermal gusts, placing them in a position to see across the landscape.

And before they put themselves in the right position, they need to take off from their nests.

As juveniles, this is clumsy and awkward at first, but they soon find their strength as they become accustomed to the power in their wings.

I don’t know what you want to do with your life, but before you swoop down to grab your chance with both hands, you first need to see your opportunity.  Prior to that you need to position yourself and before all of that can happen, you need to get up, spread your wings and get started.

The start is never as glamorous as the end, but it’s just as important.