# Using Pop-up Tool Tips
As you are writing, add the `Word to Highlight
` to give your readers more information (think *sidebars*).
## This is example of tool tips in action...
The timeline is defined by the deadline.
When I asked the question 'Do you time frame?' What I'm really asking is how important it is to you. If your answer is 'No,' then I know it isn't important.
Why do I resist deadlines?
Deadlines remove my ability to procrastinate.
They also precede guilt, shame, and embarrassment
, feelings that accompany missing a deadline.
The only way I got passing grades in school was because I made the deadline of the assignment. When I missed a due date, I was penalized with a lower grade or perhaps failed altogether. Lower grades as a youth meant less freedom and greater parental surveillance. I recall the embarrassment of flunking a class because I failed to complete a project on time.
My dad (also a cyclist
) would confirm that the main reason we sign up for races is to give ourselves a deadline to train towards. In order for me to complete a 65 mile ride on 10/14, I have to train. Without that deadline, I'd easily justify spending my time elsewhere (likely where another deadline lingered).
> **Assigning a deadline is the first step towards toward completing a task.**
Do you see **deadlines** as a loss of freedom or the ticket to freedom? Do the deadlines you’re working towards reflect the outcome you want? Are you striving to meet deadlines dictated by others? Those of us who earn a living most likely do.
Does the deadline drive you or discourage you? We have to set realistic deadlines, deadlines that stretch us, but not overwhelm us.
Defining deadlines drive results. A goal is a dream is a deadline. A wish is a dream without a deadline.
_Indefinite_ plans are wishes.
## Indefinite Tension
Without a deadline, we tend to delay indefinitely. The word indefinitely is defined 'for an unlimited or unspecified period of time.' The very act of using the word is an excuse to delay without penalty.
When will you get to it? BFID (before I die) or ASAP (as soon as possible)?
The moment a deadline is set, I feel tension. There's a tension in the gap between what is complete what is incomplete.
Tension ends when the deadline arrives.
## A sense of urgency is an end the indefinite.
ASAP is indefinite. BFID is more accurate. Without a specific date, no one is held accountable. Excuses will come up. [Conflicting priorities](conflict.md) will arise.
The ultimate deadline we all must face someday is death. Death is the deadline on your life. Whether we acknowledge it or not, we will meet that deadline.
The gift of deadlines is a sense of urgency. It's the end of the indefinite. Deadlines give us a push in the right direction.
**Tension is a friend that drives us to complete the incomplete.**
From the moment we are born, there is tension until we die. It's the space between that create tension. We exist to complete what is incomplete. Life itself is incomplete until death. Everything is born to die. The idea of living indefinitely is a form of denial of our own impermanence. Do it now.
The older I get, the more I realize that most of the goals I put off indefinitely are definitely not going to ever happen. Someday/Maybe never comes.
The only goals that truly matter are the ones we are willing to set deadlines for. The more public the deadline, the better.
**June 8, 2002**
A deadline that drove me to do what I would have once said was impossible. It was the race date I had committed to very publicly (and with a hefty sum of money) to compete in my first Ironman race. The grueling 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, and 26.2-mile run would ultimately take me over 15 hours to complete.
**January 19, 2009**
This was one of the bigger self-made deadlines of my life. It was the night I was to deliver a book I had spent the prior 12 months working on (50 Interviews). I barely made it. I had to tell the hundreds of people who had just purchased the book to not open it until the morning because the glue on the spine was still wet!
**This deadline was preempted by a deadline set by a 3-day workshop I signed up for in 2008 (Landmark).**
* My wife gave me a deadline to propose. I took action.
* I had a deadline to own my first home by my 30th birthday. I made it happen.
Without a deadline, would any of us ever pay taxes?
Looking back now, I realize it's the deadlines we set between cradle and grave that give goals (and our life) a greater sense of urgency (and accomplishment). I also see that every major milestone was preceded by a smaller, seemly insignificant deadlines that took me in the direction of something more significant.