Rapid Planning Method
There is one tool above all others that influences the quality of life: the capacity to take a vision of what you want and make it real. The key to the game of life is living it on your terms, in an extraordinary way.
When someone has attained an extraordinary life, they have found a way to maximise their resources: their time, their physical energy, their health, the people they know, and the concepts they have learned. They have not only learned to maximise what's available to them but they have also learned to maximise their level of enjoyment.
When it comes to your life, it really comes down to your emotions, how you feel. If you have £10 million but constantly live in fear, stress, anger, frustration, worry or guilt, then your life is fear, stress, anger, frustration, worry or guilt. Where focus goes, energy flows.
Focus equals power. Successful people are not lucky, they are focused and crystal clear about what they want. The clearer you are about what it is you want, the easier it is to achieve it because your brain can figure out how to get there. Your fuel is what will drive you while you navigate your life's map, and your massive action plan on how to get from where you are to where you want to be.
Before you can answer "What am I going to do?" you first have to ask "What do I want?". This shift in focus will change completely how you respond in life. It will move you away from focusing on everyone else's demands for your attention, or what you are afraid of, or what might give you pleasure in the moment, to what is most important to you.
The Rapid Planning Method (RPM) is a way to maximise the results of your life and maximise your sense of fulfillment and joy. What's most important to you as an outcome (a result) and why it is important to you (your purpose) will give you the juice to move forward toward realising your dreams. If you have a strong enough reason and a strong enough purpose, you will figure out how to achieve it.
RPM is a system of thinking, not a time management system. The goal in life is not to manage time, but creating a life that is absolutely fulfilling, a life that is always growing and contributing.
The first step toward taking back your focus and achieving the realisation of your vision is to ask yourself three question in a specific sequence on a consistent basis. You can think of RPM as a Results-oriented Purpose-driven Massive action plan.
The sequence is critical, because if you don't know what you want, why you want it, and then create a plan for how to get to it, in that order, your actions will not be sustainable through life's challenges and you will have little possibility of experiencing what it is you truly desire.
1. What do I really want?
What's the outcome I am after? What's the specific measurable result? The more precise, the stronger it is. (There's a difference between 'I want to lose weight' and 'I want to lose 10 kg.')
2. What's my purpose?
What are my reasons? Why is this not just a 'should', but a must for me? The emotional quality of purpose makes what you will do not only sustainable, but powerful.
a) What kind of trigger words really motivate you to reach your goal? What words make you crazy with excitement? What words really make you want to do something?
For example, let's say you want to lose weight not only because you want to feel better and have more energy, but you also want to look better. Trigger words attached to looking good and fit can be sexy, desirable, knockout, or head-turning. These are the kind of words that can give you a high level of energy and enthusiasm. These words change your biochemistry and level of energy and are the 'juice' behind the action.
3. What's my massive action plan?
What do I need to do? Not just one or two things. Brainstorm a bunch of ideas. What are the possibilities, so I can later decide which one has the most power?
Starting your RPM Plan
Step 1: Capturing
Often, we get overwhelmed by keeping everything in our head causing us to feel stressed. Create a simple system to put down things you want or need to accomplish. Keep in mind that we are only able to focus on a limited number of things or tasks at once. Usually we can handle between 5 to 9 items at a time.
Usually when people don't reach their goals, it's not because of ability but the way they focus on things and the way they chunk them down. Chunking is how to turn a lot into a little. It's taking all that is coming to you and putting it into ideal-sized groups your mind can handle.
Begin the practice of chunking by capturing the things that are a must for you to accomplish. List all things that you have to do this week and consider this a dumping ground for your thoughts.
Step 2: Start the chunking process
Find commonalities between the things on the list and group them in categories. Chunk those items on your capture list that correspond to the most common areas of life: health, meaning & emotions, relationships, time, work/career/mission, finances and spirituality.
Step 3: Create your own RPM blocks
Refer back to the areas of concern you chunked above, the things that are a must for you to accomplish within a week. Pick an area that is of most concern to you and create an RPM block for that area
1) Write the results you want to achieve in the target circle
2) Below the target circle, write down your purpose, your compelling reasons why you want to accomplish the result in the target circle. Be sure to highlight any trigger words that can change the emotional quality of the tasks to be performed.
3) Lastly, develop a sequence of priority actions
RPM Block - Health (Lose Weight)
Massive Action Plan
1. Start researching effective diet strategies - today!
2. Make an appointment with a doctor to consult on safe choices of diet.
3. Pick the best diet for myself and start following it.
4. Shop at Whole Foods for healthier options.
5. Shop for a pair of walking, running, or exercise sneakers
6. Hire a trainer for 3x a week workouts
Lose 10 kg in the 90 days.
To have more energy
To feel better about myself
To turn heads like I did before
If you can answer the 3 questions above for yourself, you can achieve anything you want, but the sequence is critical. In fact, even if you can only do the first two, you will achieve more than 90% of the people around you. You will have opened doors within yourself, and once you step through them, you will find a MAP (massive action plan) that takes you in the direction you are going.
It's never a discipline problem: it's more about having impotent goals, goals that have no power to move you in any shape or form. Very often in life, our value system, what we consider important, is not based on what we really value. It's based on a habit of decisions made, how we continue to direct our focus. Focus on where you want to go, not on what you fear or don't want.
What could be more important than living the life you want to live, experiencing the things that bring a smile to your face just thinking about them? This is the essence of RPM. When you know what you want and why you want it, the doing becomes easier and easier and under stress or duress. You are doing it with joy, because it is what you want to do and you know where you are headed.
It's maximising your results and your fulfillment simultaneously because you are not just achieving something, you are fulfilled emotionally. You are achieving the vision you created, and you have the emotions you want most attached to it. An extraordinary life is not something selected for the lucky few. It is our birthright as human beings. It's yours for the asking. It's yours for the taking.