Hang with this if you are not a sports fan… or worse yet a U of M alum (wink!)
This moment is the exact moment that my youngest son decided that basketball was his favorite sport. It was the first time a game on television meant something to him. He talked about it for a long time.
Evan Turner, the player who hit the winning shot was under a tight deadline, 2.2 seconds to be exact. This deadline made a huge impact. Besides the game result, it is a great memory that my son and I share.
There were two components that had to come together to make success possible here, 1.) hit the shot and 2.) do it on time.
Accomplishing our goals isn’t enough. We have to do them on time. Done and late isn’t done. Un-done and on time isn’t done. Completed, by deadline is done.
Deadlines and goals go together. When used, they are powerful tools to generate success.
-Set a deadline for every goal. Imagine planning a wedding without a wedding date. It wouldn’t work so well would it. We do better when we have deadlines.
-Create a plan that allows for accomplishing the goal. Obviously, getting the task done is the first and highest priority. Develop a plan that will see the goal completed.
-Make sure that plan fits the deadline schedule. A three week plan that has 20 days of research and development probably isn’t going to work. Put a time table in place that allows the plan to be met.
-When the goal or the deadline is unreachable, reload…and by all means HIT THE DEADLINE THE SECOND GO AROUND!
Deadline=DONE-line. Creating deadlines for goals increases the likelihood of their success!
Big Question: What goals do you have that would benefit from some deadlines attached to them?