What is the significance of a deadline?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Goals expert Gary Ryan Blair discusses the importance of having deadlines, that they force you to perform in a given period of time.

    Gary Ryan Blair

    Gary is the President of The GoalsGuy Learning Systems, a highly focused training organization whose mission is to help their clients build and sustain superior performance. They accomplish this objective by helping their clients increase their sense of direction, confidence, and capability in all areas of their personal and professional life.

    Gary believes passionately in the enormous, untapped potential that resides within each person and is committed to providing individuals and corporations with tools of knowledge and skill they can use to unlock this potential. He has developed an entire library of world-class training programs, books and learning resources like the Personal Strategic Plan that are designed to make the heart sing, the mind expand and the spirit soar!

    To support his belief in the importance of goal setting and focus, Gary has established and sponsored two nationally recognized events: Youth Goals Education Week, a unique opportunity for kids and teens to learn about goal setting and its influence on their future, and New Year's Resolutions Week, an insightful series of activities designed to encourage people to set goals for their lives.

    Gary believes that life will not go according to plan, if you do not have a plan. He shares this belief and his unique strategies with school systems and companies around the world such as IBM, NASA, General Electric, Federal Express, Ford and many others.

    In addition to The GoalsGuy, Gary has created the wildly successful got goals?® campaign. It's mission is to inspire people to Be More, Do More and to ultimately Have More from life.

    His personal philosophy can be summarized into two words: Everything Counts!™ He believes in sweating the small stuff, and teaches that every action, word and thought either moves you toward or away from your goals, mission and ultimate legacy; that every moment offers an opportunity for advancement or retreat.

    When Gary speaks and writes, he does so from the heart, with warmth and humor. His unique gift is to speak to an audience and communicate with the heart of each person as if they were alone having an important, intimate conversation. A polished storyteller, he has a way of making the seemingly complex, easy to understand.

    Gary, his wife Erika, son Ryan, and daughter Libby live in Tampa, Florida with their two wonder-dogs Beefcake and Pork chop.

    Host: What is the significance of a deadline?

    Gary Ryan Blair: I think a deadline is probably one of the greatest inventions that is ever been made for this reason. If you look at your credit card bills, it requires to pay them within a given period of time and I ask people, that pref as the question this way, if your credit card bill, mortgage statement, if your cars loans anything did not come with a deadline and did not come with a consequence associated with that deadline, would you pay it? Overwhelmingly most people say, no we would not and I wonder if I pay it myself. The fact is what a deadline does, it forces you to perform within a given period of time. So it is a tool, a strategic tool that helps you to perform on demand and it's used everywhere. It is used for your mortgage, it is used for car loans, it is used for hotel checkout times, it is used for job service hours, it is used for every, every really everything in life that requires an outcome to take place.

    Unfortunately the vast majority of people, they get it rash and or they get upset when they think about the word deadline. It has a lot to do with your association. What I mean by association, when people think about deadline it gives them stress, they get uncomfortable, they get uneasy and what they have to do is really change the perspective and realize it that deadline is your best friend because as long as you meet it within a given period of time, you are going to be able to acquire the goal that you are looking for.