Timing is everything right? – But when is the right time?
Although we have little appreciation of it, too much time is like a bad curse. You see, when we have time, we begin to believe it’s a cure for the uncertainty that lingers around every decision.
No decision is ever risk-free.
The challenge of life is accepting uncertainty always accompanies the future. No one knows how or when serendipity will appear – let alone whether it will be good or bad. Then there is the randomness of external factors – of entropy. Like a magician pulling objects from his hat, we don’t know whether it will be a dove or a bouquet.
That is how random life is. Decisions come with uncertainty. Time doesn’t change uncertainty to certainty. If anything, time just brings more uncertainty – that’s the influence of entropy.
On the face of it, asking when the best time to act on your decision is a bad question. The answer, if you had any doubt is now – now is the time for you to act on your decision. When is the best time to act on your decision? Now.
It’s a false question – one you shouldn’t be asking.
When is the best time to act on your decision?
Of course, seeking the perfect conditions is one thing – waiting for them – that’s another.
Sailing is a sport that demands the right conditions – but they are a once in a lifetime event. It’s either too windy – or not windy enough. If the wind is exactly right, then the surf will be too much, making a smooth tack a challenge. Every gust is different, every wave falls differently – a sailor’s craft is an uncertain one at best.
Sailor’s sail with uncertainty. The randomness of nature challenges every sailor to stay alert – to be flexible – and to know they might have to adjust at a moment’s notice. A sailor must act – and react constantly as the conditions change. Exploiting a jibe at the right time to maximise the shifting winds – that’s the skill.
Acting on your decision should come with the same acceptance of uncertainty as sailing requires. We should act on decisions with intensity – but with humility to accept change as conditions evolve.
Sailing certainly teaches this, as failing to manage uncertain conditions can lead to danger. From men going overboard to capsizing – it can all happen if you’re not able to react to uncertainty.
Don’t delay – act now and start learning.
Sailing is an intensive activity – one which mirrors decision-making at a micro-level. Reacting to the changing conditions in sailing is like taking the process of decision-making and condensing it.
Without the intensity, we fool ourselves into missing the big opportunity.
Decision-making – combined with action – allows us to discover certainty. It turns uncertainty into certainty. Life is a feedback loop – it’s just that we are blind to it. We allow ourselves to believe decisions are binary decisions – where the decision is a simple yes or no. Underthinking – and overconfidence are indicators of us forgetting that life is a feedback loop.
Life doesn’t stand still – and neither should our decisions.
That’s the point of this article. It is a false question – a question to poke into action when you know the answer is now. Accepting uncertainty – accepting that now is the best time to act – opens the door to feedback. Progressively learning new information is a profound way to make better decisions.
When is the best time to act on your decision? Now.