I find the ultimate inspiration as I’ve said before by putting myself in a corner and then trying to work my way out of it. Most of the time it’s in making crazy promises and then finding a way to keep them.
For most of us when there is a deadline and we cannot ignore it any more, we put away our excuses and get down to business making our ideas come to life. I did some studying to find out why most of us wait to do this. Michael Choban came up a bit:
I have a deadline. I’m glad. I think it will help me get the job done.
So you think, so you will. A video game entrepreneur, Nolan Bushnell, that I’ve followed with my gaming passions had similar feelings:
Without the pressure of deadlines, things would turn into mashed potatoes.
It gives us purpose and it’s very clear at that point when we have a deadline what needs to get done. Anytime we don’t align ourselves to some sort of deadline we find things to take up idle time.
Whatever you have going on and been putting off, get it down on the calendar with a time to complete it. Give yourself some tight deadlines. Layer in some consequences when you don’t meet those deadlines. That’s your nudge. You’ll the nudges to stay on point. Create your sense of urgency.