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Dec 15

Setting Deadlines

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Many business leaders have great vision and a clear idea about what needs to be done in order to accomplish that vision. Setting deadlines with accountability is a major step in taking vision to reality. King Solomon gave us an example when he, “had finished the temple of the LORD and the royal palace, and had succeeded in carrying out all he had in mind to do in the temple of the LORD and in his own palace.”  (2 Chronicles 7:11, NIV) Solomon was successful because he went from an idea to implementation. 



When working with groups, I ask the question, “Who will do what by when?” Talking won’t get anything done. Setting firm deadlines force people to get serious. A deadline is a commitment to accomplish something by a specific date using a good first step. Deadlines by themselves won’t accomplish the goal; only action will. 


I have some clients that tend to drift.  They agree that they must accomplish a key task, but they just don’t get it done.  Part of my responsibility is to hold clients accountable for failing to move forward. While most don’t like being pressed, it helps motivate them to get key wok done. 

Establishing an accountability structure is important.  I have an accountability partner.  When I have an upcoming meeting with him, it motivates me to focus on unfinished commitments.  I don’t like to admit that I did not meet a deadline.

For some, accountability relationships help.  With others, a spouse can fill the accountability role. Still others may rely on a small group of business people to hold them accountable. 

King Solomon wrote, “The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride.” (Eccl. 7:8, NIV) Setting goals and establishing accountability will help you accomplish your projects.

Steve Marr, your Christian Business Coach

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