It’s Feel Good Friday so, as usual, we’re dropping by with a wonderfully inspirational video – this time about why timing is everything in life.
This Sadhguru’s life-changing advice on the importance of timing and how to use timing to maximise your ability to succeed.
Who is Sadhguru?
Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev is an Indian yogi, mystic, and author who founded the Isha Foundation, a non-profit organization which offers Yoga programs around the world and is involved in social outreach, education and environmental initiatives.
This video is a quick and yet powerful explanation as to why sometimes, no matter what we do, we’re not seeing the results we want. This has certainly put certain things in my life into perspective and I hope it will do the same for you.
Sadhguru’s life-changing advice on the importance of timing
According to Sadhguru, even the best efforts will be wasted if your timing sucks.
I’m obviously paraphrasing here as the way he explained it was far more potent and spiritual but essentially, that’s what he means.
You could exert every effort imaginable but if the timing isn’t right, you’re not going to get much traction.
Imagine trying to sell makeup to a restaurant currently filled with football players. How much effort would it take for you to generate 20 sales?
Now, imagine you leave the restaurant and go back to find that the football players have now been replaced by a group of young models and actresses.
Your timing – if you’re still intent on selling makeup – would’ve been perfect then."If the timing is right, even the smallest action will produce a huge impact. If the timing is wrong, even if you push so hard, only little will happen." – Sadhguru Click To Tweet
Why is timing important?
Remember that for any given time, your ability fluctuates.
It’s never constant.
So sometimes, you’re up and sometimes you’re down.
Many factors affect this but in the end, the factors don’t really matter. What matters is that you learn how to flow with your own personal timing.
Yes, there is the timing that corresponds with what goes on in the world around you and requires a great deal of mastery for you to influence and to align with.
But there is the one thing that you have full control over. And that is your own personal timing.
How to use timing to maximise your ability to succeed
According to Sadhguru, when you are at your best, you do important things. When you’re not so good, you don’t.
In other words, you need to be so intimate with yourself and your nuances that you know exactly if you’re on or off.
You need to be so aware of what’s going on inside you that you know when you can do everything right and when you can’t.
Have you ever experienced that?
It’s called being in the zone or being in the flow.
I’ve experienced it many, many times in my life.
It’s not overconfidence or arrogance.
It’s simply a quiet certainty that what I want, I will get.
I knew, for example, that I would get the required paperwork that will allow me to legally move to the UK and then eventually to Scotland (even though my time was running out).
I knew exactly how many roommates I would have had the pleasure of calling family for the entire time I was in England, that there would’ve been three of them and that they would’ve all been males.
Before I travelled to Scotland, I didn’t have enough money but I knew I was going there – it was inevitable. Almost by miracle, things lined up and everything I did was on point.
I knew I’d get the visa I needed to get the job I wanted at the right time.
I knew I’d get married in Scotland and get pregnant.
Without getting any scans done to check the gender, I knew I was having a boy.
This is the kind of self-awareness I’m talking about and the kind that Sadhguru is alluding to.
How to get the timing right
He keeps reiterating that if you want to do important things, you must be at your best. The logical conclusion to this statement is that eventually, you begin to realise that it’s very important to keep yourself at your best every moment of your life.
That sounds a tad too difficult, doesn’t it?
Actually, it isn’t so much the doing that is difficult – even though it does seem a wee bit intimidating.
No, you don’t have to do anything extra to keep yourself at your best every moment of your life as you wait for the chance to do something stupendously momentous.
It’s all a matter of perspective.
If you begin to accept the fundamental truth that the small things you do are just as important as the big things, then you realise exactly why you need to be at your best at all times.
Everything you do has a cumulative impact.
So, that little thing you did today and yesterday and the same small thing you’ll do tomorrow and the day after that – if you do it every day with absolute intention, attention, intensity and passion – is like a snowball building up to a massive iceberg.
In other words, forget about judging every single activity.
All of it is important and apply the same level of intensity to them all. Otherwise, why do it at all?
Sadhguru said, “If God comes – same intensity. If an ant comes – same intensity of attention and involvement.”"There is no such thing as important or not important. Everything you do is important. What is not important? Don't do it." – Sadhguru Click To Tweet
Don’t live a half-life waiting for the important bits to show up and ignoring what you think is unimportant
You can never know when the next breakthrough is happening and where it’s coming from.
Remember J.R.R. Tolkien, “even the smallest person can change the course of the future.”
That’s not a trite saying. It’s one of the most profound truths of all time.
This is the secret to finally getting the timing right: Accept that everything you do is important because you wouldn’t spend so much time and energy doing them. If, for any reason, you think something is not important, then stop investing your life into it.
To recap, you need to accept that timing is extremely important in life and that if you time everything right, you won’t need to feel as if you’re swimming against the tide. Whatever you want, you will get, with the least amount of effort – because the time is right.
Here are the simple steps you need to do that will help you immerse yourself in the right timing:
1. Start observing yourself.
2. Let go of your tendency to judge what is important and what is not important.
3. Keep yourself at your best every moment of your life.
What do you think about Sadhguru’s advice? Have you ever experienced doing something that you knew could never be wrong because the timing was just right? Share your experiences below. We’d love to hear from you!