Many factors lead to victory and success in life, but one of the key factors is timing. Knowing when to act is critical in anything you do. If you are aware of the importance of timing, you are likelier to attain success. But if you ignore the importance of timing, success is an uphill struggle. What then is timing and how does it influence your success?
What is Timing?
Timing is the state of affairs that determine whether you will be able to reach your goals or not. It can be the conditions you create or the hand that life has dealt to you at any given point.
When the times are against you, everything you do is akin to swimming against the current. Despite great effort on your part, there are little results to show for it. At the end of the day, you are no closer to your goal than when you first began.
But when the times favour you, what you do is like water flowing rapidly down a waterfall. Nothing can stand in your way. Like the swift current, you are able to overcome all obstacles as you press on towards your goal. Every effort you make gives you double the results or more.
The Great Jedi Purge
Until the time is right, disappear we will. -Yoda
Here, a good story like Star Wars helps to better illustrate my points on timing. In the Star Wars universe, the balance of power shifted frequently between good and evil. Over the thousands of years, the evil Sith and the Jedi struggled for control. At different points, both sides held the upper hand, but it was never for long. From episode 1-3 of the Star Wars movies, the Jedi were in power while the Sith remained in hiding. But this would all change dramatically.
For many decades, the Sith Lord Darth Sidious schemed to gain control of the Galactic Republic. But instead of hiding in the shadows, he hid in plain sight and entered politics as Senator Palpatine. He was so adept at acting that no one saw through his facade. Then, through a series of complex plots, Palpatine managed to become Chancellor of the Republic. This gave him great power and influence and placed the Republic more firmly within his grasp. But one obstacle stood in his way – the Jedi Order. If Palpatine wanted to rule unchallenged, he had to do away with them.
To achieve this, he turned the young and emotional Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker into his apprentice Darth Vader. Together, master and pupil caught the Jedi off guard and massacred most of them. With one masterstroke, the Jedi were almost extinct. Yet as fate would have it, the Jedi Grandmaster Yoda and Master Obi-Wan Kenobi survived. But even they failed in their attempt to defeat the Sith Lords for good. With the times clearly in the Sith’s favour, Yoda and Obi-Wan had no choice but to go into hiding. The Sith Lords controlled the galaxy for now, but the times would change again. As long as the Jedi lived, there was still hope for the galaxy.
Star Wars Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith Ending Scenes
Why Timing is Important
In the aftermath of the Great Jedi Purge, Yoda and Obi-Wan decided to strike at the Sith Lords before they consolidated their hold on power. It was a desperate gamble and they only had one chance at it. Sadly, they failed in their attempts to finish off the Sith. By now the Sith were firmly in control and on their guard. It would be suicidal for Yoda and Obi-Wan to persist in a direct assault. They could not throw away their lives because there would be no one else with the power and skill to stop the Sith. The only option left was to hide, wait and prepare for the times to change.
I firmly believe in learning from my mistakes and failure. But I also believe that if it is possible to avoid failure, it is best to avoid it. After all, each failure has a price. It makes no sense to fail in a spectacular manner if I can avoid it. Even if I am not afraid of failure, I might not be able to afford the losses involved. Knowing whether the chance of success is high or low is vital to the mastery of timing. Here it is important to have a realistic grasp of the situation. Awareness is the key as it helps me to assess my preparedness and the circumstances I face. This ensures that I avoid needless failure to succeed.
Timing, Process and Success
When we speak of timing, we must not forget the importance of process. Everything in life has a process. As processes go, starting is usually the most difficult part. But as we go along, it gradually becomes easier due to experience and understanding. The times can change in our favour if we break down the process to manage it. If you think about it, what is success? Success is a matter of going through all the needed steps to reach your goals. The problem is that these steps may not be immediately clear especially if we are not familiar with what to do. But the good thing is that through trial and error, we will become more aware of the steps that lead to success. When the proper foundations are in place, the times are likelier to favour you.
My Experiences with Timing
It is a curious thing to observe events as they unfold through my divination practice. When I embark on a new project, I usually get readings that show difficulty and hardship ahead. This is expected, but in my early days, I used to fear such readings. Whenever I got them, I felt as if the sky was falling because difficulties stood between my goals and me. At the back of my mind, I feared I would never succeed. But in truth, success depends on the choices we make and the actions we take. Difficulties only mean that I have not yet done all I can to clear the obstacles in my path. How then can I expect favourable readings?
Interestingly, as I work through the process, my readings begin to change as well. As I get through each stage of the process, my readings reflect the changes in the times. Finally, as the times shift in my favour due to my efforts, my readings reflect this as well. At this stage, I am prepared to seize the opportunity because I have been waiting and watching for the moment to make my move.
What matters when it comes to timing is awareness of the bigger picture. This serves a few purposes. Firstly, you know where to expend your energies to reap maximum results. It guides your actions and efforts so you know what you should do and when you should do it. Secondly, the view of the bigger picture gives you the patience and the perseverance to wait for the times to change. By being aware of which stage of the process you are at, you are likelier to persist until the times favour you. Nothing is worse than groping about in the dark wondering when things will change for the better.
When I was younger, I knew little about timing. I acted as and when I pleased. When I should have let go, I held on stubbornly. When I should have held on, I let go. As a result, I wasted a lot of energy for nothing. Becoming aware of timing changed my life. Yet like all things, the process happened gradually. Today, due to greater familiarity and awareness, I am able to conserve and expend my efforts in harmony with the times. This has made it easier for me to reach my goals.
What are your views on timing? How important is timing to you? Do you give it much thought when it comes to the pursuit of your goals? Do you act in harmony with the times or against it? What were your experiences like? Do share your thoughts and comments below!