There’s a right time for everything. And it comes with timing.
Two words that can spell the difference between most, and almost. Whether you are a sports fan or not, there’s one you must play and master: The waiting game.
Waiting, for the right moment. Because growth is a game of timing. Something that makes the pause often the most memorable – and vital – part of our journey.
Society rewards action. Inaction is snubbed, because it’s clubbed with lack of courage, passivism, lethargy. What we don’t realize, is that omission can be as powerful as commission.
The trick is to realize everything in the universe has its own time. Sure, a famous shoe company’s punchline exhorts us to ‘Do what you got to do’. But what if what you ‘got to do’, is nothing?
If waiting is a stigma, now’s time to get over it.
Waiting isn’t the same as losing, even though it may feel like it when others race flippantly past us. Let’s not equate waiting with bad logic either, even though it may feel ridiculous to stop short of taking the shot we’ve been preparing a lifetime for.
Waiting is, simply, solid strategy. Dynamic thinking. Our winning gambit. Our best move. Only, the part thought leaders skip during their spiels, or B schools conveniently leave out of their syllabi.
Yes, sometimes we just have to hold on to our horses. And trade the small remunerations of the present, for the magnificent trophies the future has in store for us. Going against the grain to hold and halt is therefore a golden virtue. Unfortunately, one not many of us can tick as a trait.
Admittedly, it is not easy to halt in our tracks, especially when we’re in full stride. To be a pro at the waiting game, therefore, there’s one ammunition we need to necessarily load up on first. It’s called patience.
It’s easy to fall into the trap of believing that patience is the reserve of great leaders and legends. An esoteric power possessed only by gurus and saints. Because it is an everyday skill we can all pick up. By trying it out, first hand. By DIY.
Patience helps us spot the method in the madness of everyday. Suddenly, there’s greater awareness, clarity and understanding of our surroundings. And we begin to interpret the world on our own terms.
When we are patient, the temptation to ‘pip others to the post’ drops. The act of waiting changes from a forced reaction to a deliberate response. And the frustration normally associated with it, changes to one of thrilling, rewarding anticipation.
Patience helps us conserve energy. Teaches us to pick and choose our battles wisely. Inculcates the sense to fathom what’s relevant and important to our journey. Perhaps more importantly, generates the sensitivity to shun everything that’s not.
To be consistently patient requires stamina. And the only way to build it, it to practice being patient, everyday. At every opportunity – be it at home, work, or play. Till it becomes second nature. Till we can summon it in our sleep. Till, that is, we’ve mastered it.
Be selective. Exercise discretion. Stand the ground. When we learn to hold back, we stop chasing time. And start controlling it. That’s the mark of a maestro who has figured out when to block the ball. And when to roll the dice. One who’s mastered the fine art of timing.
One imperative to winning the game, of growth.
The time will never be right. With training, the timing can.
“Life is about timing.” | CARL LEWIS