One More Year

deadlineA few years ago, a man told me that when he moved to this city he vowed to himself to live here for 5 years. At the end of that 5 years he would decide whether to stay here or go back home to California. He’s almost at the 5 year mark now, so his decision must not be too far away.

Have you ever set a deadline on when you would decide the final outcome of something? Perhaps it’s a career change, an out of state move or the purchase of a new home. There are any number of things that a person could set a deadline for.

I think that the idea of a deadline is interesting. You never know what will happen during the time frame you have set. Things could go in any direction. I’ve learned (the hard way – over and over again) that you should never make an emotional decision. You should also never make a rash decision.

Most mistakes in our lives have been because of decisions we made in a hurry. Important decisions require time and thoughtful consideration. Waiting then, for a set time could prove to be very helpful.

I implemented a deadline once and the situation at hand ended up changing to the point to where no final decision had to be made. In that instance, the deadline plan worked out quite well.

Lately, I’ve been considering setting another deadline. To me, a short deadline is similar to taking baby steps towards a goal. If my deadline was 3 years out, I would likely become very overwhelmed and would give up. However, a deadline of one year sounds much more doable. Only at the end of that year will I see where it’s taken me. What will happen by the deadline? Who knows. Time will tell.

Have you ever set a deadline on a situation in your life? If so, how did it work out?

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4 Responses to One More Year

  1. suzjones says:

    Baby steps all the way. Small achievable deadlines and goals to get you toward the desired target.


  2. I don’t know that I have set deadlines, goals for certain. And guidelines, but I can’t remember deadlines.


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