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Submit to Timing

To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven. Life events and timing can sometimes be complex and difficult to understand. However, every once in a while we get lucky. It’s as if the stars fall into alignment, all your direct reports get your three year plan, and even your dog suddenly understands the “sit” command.

Then there are days when the desire to feel secure overrides our ability to submit to life’s timing. We can get caught up in the “I want it now” syndrome. In reality we do not always have the power to control when all the elements that can affect us on a daily basis occur. Therefore, rather than focusing on the facade of security or a magical ability to affect our watches, an often more dependable course of action is the building of an internal security system within ourselves that allows us to submit to timing. This system may include the ability to handle stressful events, take risks, and manage problems as they occur. A few suggestions include:

  • Clarify potential risks and how large each is. If its potential impact is low then rational thought suggests that the risk is minimal.
  • Determine the probability of each risk occurring. Unless its probability is relatively high your time and energy is better spent addressing higher-risk issues or those you may be able to control aspects of.
  • Identify the benefits of taking the risk and succeeding. After determining the probability and degree of each risk you may decide that the anticipated benefits outweigh the potential disadvantages.
  • Once you identify the probability and impact of the risks, and the benefits from pursuing the goal, seek input from friends or mentors as appropriate.

Excellence At Work with Dr. Marilyn combines faith and tenacity to help individuals achieve excellence through keynote speaking engagements, individual and corporate coaching, training, meeting facilitation, and retreats. Whether working with an individual client or a team, the focus is on the achievement of personal and professional goals that facilitate individuals’ abilities to create positive outcomes within their households, organizations, places of worship, and/or communities.  Through motivational speaking, life coaching, and corporate interventions, Dr. Marilyn has developed a “just do it” style that motivates and encourages clients to achieve higher levels of personal and professional effectiveness. She is the author of Running Away for Three Weeks, an inspirational autobiography designed to prepare readers for maximum effectiveness in the workplace; creator of Discovering Your Workplace Gifts, an assessment to help individuals identify the gifts they were motivated to discover in Running; and author of Six Steps to Excellence for Leaders, a roadmap to personal and professional excellence for all leaders.