Master the art of timing


Never be too precipitate where there is a possibility of danger

When re-creating yourself, re-inventing yourself, master the art of timing, never seem to be in a hurry. Hurrying betrays a lack of control over yourself, and over time. Always seem patient, as if you know that everything will come to you eventually. Become a detective of the right moment; sniff out the spirit of the times, the trends that will carry you to power. Learn to stand back when the time is not yet ripe, and to strike fiercely when it has reached fruition.

Perseverance is more effective than brute strength and there are many difficulties that cannot be overcome if you try to do everything at once, but which will yield if you master them little by little. The truth is that continuous effort is irresistible, for this is the way in which Time captures and subdues the greatest powers on earth. Time is a good friend and ally to those who use their intelligence to choose the right moment, but a most dangerous enemy to those who rush into action at the wrong one. One Time is right, the other wrong; success depends not on ratiocination but on timing and rhythm.

Never be too precipitate where there is a possibility of danger. Take due time to consider, before you risk an action that may be fatal. Let someone else make the experiment before you.

Play for time, recognize the spirit of the times

In a period of unprecedented turmoil, it becomes critical to recognize the spirit of the times. Always look two steps ahead, find the wave that will carry you to power and success, and ride on it. Always work with times, anticipate twists and turns, and never miss the boat. Sometimes the spirit of the times is obscure: Recognize it not by what is the loudest and most obvious in it, but by what lies hidden and dormant. Look forward to the future rather than holding on to the ruins of the past.

Recognizing the prevailing winds does not necessarily mean running with them. Any potent social moment creates a powerful reaction, and it is wise to anticipate what the reaction will be. Rather than ride the cresting wave of the moment, wait for the tide’s ebb to carry you back to success and power. Upon occasion, bet on the reaction that is brewing, and place yourself in the vanguard of it.

Without patience as your sword and shield, your timing will fail and you will inevitably find yourself a loser. When the times are against you, do not struggle, get emotional, or strike out rashly. Keep your cool and maintain a low profile, patiently building support among citizenry, the bulwark in your next rise to power. Whenever you find yourself in a weaker position, play for time, which will always be your ally if you are patient. Space we can recover, time never. Recognize the moment, then, to hide in the grasser slither under a rock, as well as the moment to bare your fangs and attack.

Time is an artificial concept that mankind has created to make the limitlessness of eternity and the universe more bearable. Since we have constructed the concept of time, we can mold it to some degree and play with it. The time of a child is long and slow with vast expanses; the time of an adult whizzes by frighteningly fast. Time, then, depends on perception, which we can willfully altered. And, once we control our emotional responses to events, time will move much more slowly. This altered way of dealing with things tends to lengthen our perception of future time, opens up possibilities that fear and anger close off, and allows us the patience that is the principal requirement in the art of timing.

There are three kind of time for us to deal with; each one presenting specific problems that we can solve with skill and practice. First there is “Long Time”: The drawn-out, years-long kind of time that must be managed with patience and gentle guidance. Our handling of long time should be mostly defensive: This is the art of not reacting impulsively, of waiting for opportunity. Next there is “Forced Time”: The short-term time that we can manipulate as an offensive weapon, upsetting the timing of our rivals and opponents. Finally, there is “End Time”, when a plan must be executed with speed and force.

Managing Long Time

Long time is to be managed with patience. When you force the pace out of fear and impatience, you create a nest of problems that require fixing, and you end up taking much longer than if you had taken your time. Hurriers may occasionally get there quicker, but new dangers arise, and they find themselves in constant crisis mode, fixing the problems that they themselves have created. Sometimes, not acting in the face of danger is your best move; you wait and deliberately slow down. As time passes, it will eventually present opportunities you had not imagined.

Waiting involves controlling not only your own emotions but those of these friendly people around you, who mistaking action for success and power, may try to push you into making rash moves. In your rivals and opponents, on the other hand, you can encourage the same mistake: If you let them rush headlong into trouble while you stand back and wait, you will soon find ripe moments to intervene and pick up the pieces. Better to stand patiently on the sidelines, even for many years, and then be in position to seize power when the time is right.

You do not deliberately slow time down to live longer, or to take more pleasure in the moment. You deliberately slow time to better play the game of power and success. First, when your mind is uncluttered by constant emergencies you will see further into the future. Second, you will be able to resist the baits that people dangle in front of you, and will keep yourself from becoming another impatient sucker. Third, you will have more room to be flexible. Opportunities will inevitably arise that you had not expected and would have missed have you forced the pace. Fourth, you will not move from one deal to the next without completing the first one. To build your power’s and success’s foundation can take years; make sure that the foundation is secure.

Finally, slowing time down gives you a perspective on the times we live in, letting you take a certain distance and putting you in a less emotionally charged position to see the shapes of things to come. Hurriers will often mistake surface phenomena for a real trend, seeing only what they want to see. How much better to see what is really happening, even if it is unpleasant or makes your task harder.

Forcing Time

The trick in forcing time is to upset the timing of others by making hem hurry, making them wait, making them abandon their own pace, to distort their perception of time. By upsetting the timing of your rivals and opponents while you stay patient, you open up time for yourself, which is half the game.

Making people wait is a powerful way of forcing time, as long as they do not figure out what you are up to. You control the clock, they linger in limbo, and rapidly come unglued, opening up opportunities for you to strike. The opposite strategy is also powerful: You make your rivals and opponents hurry. Start off your dealings with them slowly, then suddenly apply pressure, making them feel that everything is happening at once. People who lack the time to think will make mistakes; set their deadlines for them. During negotiations, suddenly press vehemently for a decision thus upsetting your opponent’s timing and patience.

The “Deadline Strategy” is a very powerful tool. Close off the vistas of indecision and force people to make up their damn mind or get to the point. Never let people make you play on their excruciating terms. Never give them time.

Remember: The best way to alter our perception of time is often to slow down the pace by creating suspense. Going slower, moving slower, telling a story slower, makes what you are doing more interesting. The audience, people yield to your pace, become entranced.

Waiting for the Right Moment to Act

You can play all you want the game of power and success with the utmost artistry, waiting patiently for the right moment to act, putting your competitors off their form by messing with their timing, but it will not mean a thing unless you know how to finish, how to close. Patience is worthless unless combined with a willingness to fall ruthlessly on your rivals and opponents at the right moment. You can wait as long as necessary for the conclusion to come, but when it comes, it must come quickly. Use speed to paralyze your rivals and opponents, cover up any mistakes you might make, and impress people with your aura of authority and finality.

There is never a good reason to allow the slightest hitch in your endgame. Your mastery of timing can really only be judged by how you work with end time, how you quickly change the pace and bring things to a swift and definitive conclusion.


Owner of and King Global Earth and Environmental Sciences Corporation, JMD, a former attorney, is a Columnist for The Futurist Daily News and editor of the Social and Political Blog  Follow JMD @ jmdlive