You have probably heard the statement “timing is everything”.  But what does that really mean and how can we apply it to improve our lives?

If we look at some of the most important events of our life – how we met our partner, how we made a new friend, or how we landed a new job, we will notice that it all came down to one special moment – that one moment in time when we took a small action that led to a major life changing outcome.

I call it Divine Timing. It is how life works.  Big opportunities don’t happen gradually, they happen fast.

The window does not stay open forever. We often have a very short amount of time to jump through the window of opportunity. In many cases, we only have a few seconds to seize an opportunity, in other cases, we have hours or days.  But in almost every case, the window of opportunity starts to close the moment you hesitate.

Hesitation Is A Bad Habit

Hesitation is a terrible habit.  And the worst part about it is we are taught that hesitating is a smart thing to do.  We are taught to “think things over”, “don’t rush into anything”, and “plan ahead”. This mentality causes hesitation and it often makes us miss the window of opportunity.

Hesitation is based on fear – we want to jump through the window of opportunity, but our fear-based (logical) mind blocks us.  We consider risks, we have doubts, we decide to wait. When we hesitate in life, we can actually create obstacles that deter us from jumping through the window of opportunity, and then it closes, permanently.

There are no second chances in life.  There is only this moment now. That is why it is important to jump through the window of opportunity when it presents itself.

But What About Patience?

Making “rash” split second decisions may seem foolish to some people. Maybe we should think things over. Maybe we should consider risks. Maybe those who act without thinking are the ones who get burned?

The above can also be true.  We exist in a world of dichotomy where the answer can be yes to two opposing views. The main difference between a rash, foolish decision, and a divine window of opportunity is our underlying motivation and intent.  

We have to ask ourselves, does the window of opportunity appeal to our lower selves, like greed, selfishness, fear, and lust, or does it appeal to our higher selves, like compassion, love, support, courage, authenticity and transparency?  It is our moral and ethical intent that will determine whether the opportunity we take will be good for everyone involved, or result in yet another painful learning experience.

If we remain centered with a strong ethical and moral ground, the windows of opportunity should be seized in the moment they arise – without hesitation, for it is divine timing in the works.  If we find ourselves drawn to an opportunity out of purely selfish reasons, we will often find the window slams down while our hand is still in the cookie jar. Choose wisely.