Goals Are Dreams with Deadlines

Success coach Brian Tracy said it this way: “Goals in writing are dreams with deadlines.”  Whenever I feel my dreams losing steam, I always think of Booker T. Washington. Born a slave in 1858, his childhood years were anything but pleasant. The family’s farm cabin had no glass windows, and any opening to let in light also let in the freezing wind in the winter.  The floor of the cabin was dirt. The life of slave was back-breaking work that started before the sun came up and continued long after it went down again. His childhood was also lived out during the Civil War, which created turmoil, fear, and uncertainty in the lives of Southern slaves and added additional pressure to an already hopeless state of affairs.  But in spite of that desperate situation,


Does It Have to Be Perfect?

I have friends who are perfectionists.  They will work for hours and hours just to make one small detail right.  It’s incredibly noble and I completely admire that kind of dedication.  The only problem?  They miss deadlines, they always make excuses why they’re late, and they’re almost out of business.  Perfection is wonderful, but with most things, it’s not realistic.  Don’t intentionally try to make mistakes, but do get the right perspective.  Fix the big stuff.  Make it as close to perfect as possible.  Do your very best.  But hit the deadline.  Ship.  Bring it home.  Land the plane.   Clients and employers want


Deadlines Matter. Here’s Why:

For some reason, I’ve had a rash of vendors and business relationships recently who have missed deadlines.  So as usual, I’m on a rant.  While you might be hearing otherwise, deadlines matter, and they matter for a lot of reasons.  Here’s just a few:

1.  When you miss a deadline, you’re telling your employer or clients that their priorities don’t matter.
You’re sending them the message that your time is more important than their projects.  Even if that were true, it’s not a perception you want them to have.  After all, if your time is more important than their projects, then they’ll find