Submit to Timing
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.