Becoming A Deadline Oriented Person
A deadline can seem morbid to so many people. Please excuse the pun. But to people like myself, deadlines are like a plague coming to destroy everything we deem important. We act like they don’t exist, we pray to God they don’t show up and minutes before they do, we hit panic mode, as we realize there’s nothing we can do about it now. Up until that point, we just live our lives lolligagging around like nothing.
But how can we change our mindsets to better execute a more powerful and thought out life?
1. Find Your Why
Most people stay stuck in the same circle of procrastination and a lack of motivation because they don’t what their intensive is to get out. Figuring out, or placing the value on why you should change is the number one step to changing into a deadline oriented person. A person who meets expectations and stands in integrity. Without understanding our own “why” we can’t move into a new season of life.
2. Take Steps Constantly, Even If They’re Late
Deadlines will always be there. Missing one tends to give us a sinking feeling of disdain for ourselves. Like we are less valuable. When this happens we tend to stop trying to make the next deadline. Whether that be in entrepreneurship, life or love; these habits are the opposite of a healthy and successful person.
Bouncing back from a missed deadline with momentum and a passion to meet your next goal is the mindset that will catapult you into your new persona. You will become someone reliable, trustworthy and integral to your business. But this can only happen when we chose to bounce back, chose to not lean on our own understanding and see the greater picture of our failures.
One of my favorite scriptures illustrates that missing the mark, or falling short is not a death sentence but an opportunity to build our character. Our trials are an opportunity to better ourselves.
Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. Romans 5:3-5
3. Aim For Excellence. Reject Perfection
We all know perfectionists, people who scoff at the idea of mistakes and growl at the person who makes them. Poisonous people who have hurt others in the pursuit of what they deemed excellent. Leadership in the field of entrepreneurship scoffs at perfection. It rolls it’s eyes at perceived excellence and punches manipulation in the face.
It’s not easy to lead as a solopreneur since you rarely have a title over anyone and people chose to follow you or listen to you. Excellence will be an overflow of your personal diligence, not your instructions directed at others. Your life lived, your spiritual habits, your integrity and punctuality are all a reflection of what your brand is.
Because of this, deadlines take a front seat to your daily life. Aim to be excellent in keeping them, yet reject having a perfect mindset about your scheduling. If you gave your word to someone about being somewhere, keep it. Your integrity is on the line. Your brand is on the line. However, like we discussed, perfection is poisonous.
Being deadline oriented does not mean sticking to rigorous schedules and never allowing for any freedom. It means sticking to your convictions and keeping your integrity at all times. It means thinking ahead in order to keep yourself from compromising your own “brand” or value so that others don’t deem you as unreliable or untrustworthy. In the long run, we have all let someone down. But those trials lead us to learn and develop our character.