There comes a special moment in everyone’s life, a moment for which that person was born. That special opportunity, when they seize it, will fulfill their mission – a mission for which they are uniquely qualified. In that moment they find greatness. It is their finest hour.” Winston Churchill
If Churchill is correct then it is not enough to have a special moment; you must seize the moment through understanding the Law of Timing. Carpe diem.
We fail and mess up in life not for lack of trying or want of knowing what to do or how to do it. Failure can be mostly attributed to poor timing – either too early or too late. The impatient and impetuous become reckless, rushing where angels fear to tread. The over-confident and complacent become arrogant. Great ideas, brilliant concepts, flawless plans and life-changing innovations fail due to poor timing.
Motivational seminars and leadership courses alike laud the importance of goal-setting, having a plan of action with deadlines and executing it. These are supposed to deliver unparalleled success. So, you probably tried them a thousand times but it didn’t work. You know now that reality works quite differently. Knowing what to do and how to do it are not enough for you or your organization to succeed. That’s only one half of the picture. Now let’s discover what the other half looks like.
Although better timing is critical for personal and professional success, there is not much comprehensive research literature on the subject of timing. We must develop an understanding of the principles of the Law of Timing and knowing how to apply them. Such a study is necessary to help us overcome the challenge of poor timing. This is the primary motivation for exploring this topic to help you master the art of great timing.
What is the Law of Timing
The definition of the Law of Timing was originally expressed in the words of the wise patriarch Solomon, who once stated:
1 To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
(Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, the Bible)
In Old Testament Biblical times Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes 3 above that there is a time for everything and a season for every purpose under heaven. He explains by saying that there is a time and a season to plant, reap, laugh, mourn, gain, lose, be silent and speak up, for love and hate, war and peace.
Solomon’s original hypothesis sums up the Law of Timing by stating that “to everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose” Everything has its own time and its own season – the right time. Life is not static, there is a constant flow of change taking place.
The Law of Timing transcends the usual academic disciplines and crosses social norms. Its core principles or rules are applicable to simple and the most complex situation. It is a law of nature, science and health.