Deadlines make sense when applied to practical situations like finishing your business proposal your boss expects by Wednesday. But when deadlines are applied to intentions people tend to get uncomfortable. I know this to be true as I was one of those who felt uncomfortable until I saw that it worked.
Goethe’s quote speaks to the heart of what makes a deadline – it is a promise and a commitment. We are telling the Universal Energy that we want this, this is important to us. I find what works best when setting a deadline for my intentions is to make it black and white.
Take for instance this example:
I was really getting clear on the next phase in my life and was wondering whether or not this certain creative arena I was investing in was serving me or hindering me. My usual Ben Franklin style of weighting pros and cons wasn’t working so I had to find something else, something just as definitive. I did a little research and started reading about the etymology of the word deadline. Deadline came about in 1864 when Col. D.T. Chandler declared at Andersonville Prison that “On the inside of the stockade and twenty feet from it there is a dead-line established, over which no prisoner is allowed to go, day or night, under penalty of being shot.” Now that is definitive. And that got me thinking that maybe setting the dead-line for my intentions might be just what I needed.
So after my morning meditation when I set my intentions for the day I added in this statement “by the end of May I need to book a job from this creative endeavor or I’m done.” I also realized that in order for the partnership with the Universe to work I had to trust that the outcome what ever it would be would be the best for me.
And nothing happened at the end of May. But there were a few more jobs pending so I decided wait to see if those pan out and sure enough the following week, I booked a job and got my answer (I guess the universal clock is slightly different than ours;). As I stripped away what happened during this process what I found was that the thought of a deadline made me get clear about what I really wanted, so universally and personally I got clarity and my answer.
I suggest if you need results for one of your intentions in life give this a try! Don’t forget to follow the nine steps first just be sure to add a deadline as part of your intentional statement. Would love to hear your stories if you try it and how it worked for you.