Bill, a friend of mine, mentioned that I should look into Anthony Robbins’ book, Time of Your Life. He believes that IQTELL would be a great medium for someone to keep up with Robbins’ concepts. As someone who’s unfamiliar with the concepts of Time of Your Life, I did a little research to see what exactly Bill was talking about.
As I’ve come to expect from him, Bill was right on the money. From what I understand, Robbins espouses that to us, the concept of “time” goes beyond the basic definition. Instead, time is an emotion, a feeling that is provoked when you think about something as small as a moment or as large as your life. The adage, “Time flies when you’re having fun,” comes to mind. If you enjoy what you’re doing, time isn’t important. When you don’t enjoy what you’re doing, a minute can feel like an hour.
This concept is at the core of Time of Your Life’s main principles. In order to have a fulfilling life, you must experience time as a positive emotion. The key is to be engrossed in what you’re doing – to really want to be doing it. So, Robbins came up with three questions that make up the tenets of Time of Your Life – the RPM questions:
#1 What is the specific Result you are committed to achieving?
Essentially, what do you want? If your goal is something you actually want, there’s a much higher likelihood that you’ll actually start to do what you want.
For example, I want to learn to speak French. Specifically, the result I am committed to achieving is the ability to speak French confidently in conversations with native speakers during my trip to Paris. I would store this in my Goals app in IQTELL where I could easily assign it a category and keep it organized with all of my other goals.
#2 What is your Purpose? Why do you want to do this?
Now that you’ve identified what you want, it’s time to convince yourself that you actually want it! With a strong motivational force behind your desire, you earn the power of emotion. An emotional drive gives you the required purpose to achieve your specific result.
In my case, I want to learn to speak French because I want to communicate with locals, I want to see more than just the main tourist attractions, I want to experience a completely different culture, and I want to step outside my comfort zone and become a more well-rounded person. I would add all of these reasons to my Goal so that each time I looked at it, I would be further motivated to take action.
#3 What is your Massive Action Plan? What are the specific actions you need to take in order to achieve this result?
Now that you know what you want and why you want it, you must decide what you need to do in order to make it happen. More often than not, there are many different ways to accomplish your desired result. So, you will write down every possible task you can think of that will help you accomplish your goal. It’s called a Massive Action Plan because it will consist of more tasks than you will likely need. This is where you take advantage of the 80-20 rule. The 80-20 rule (or Pareto principle) states that for many events, 80% of your results come from just 20% of your actions.
For me, I might have the following tasks associated with my goal of speaking conversational French:
- Buy a French-English dictionary
- Take French courses at the community college
- Watch French television shows without subtitles
- Find You Tube videos about basic French language techniques
- Schedule 60 minutes per day to practice speaking French
- Partner with a French person who’s trying to learn English
- Listen to French lessons in the car
More likely than not, I won’t need to complete each of these tasks to be able to speak conversational French. And, it’s likely that someone else would have different Tasks in their Massive Action Plan. But the proper emotional foundation is in place for me to accomplish my desired result. Each of these actions would exist as Tasks in IQTELL and would be attached to my Goal – allowing me to expand on their descriptions with details about how I will attack them. Then, when I’ve completed one, I can check it off the list and concentrate on the others.
I can definitely see how Bill can use IQTELL’s Productivity app to follow Robbins’ philosophy and answer his RPM questions. If you’re a practitioner of RPM, how would you organize the answers to these questions? Tell us about your process in the comments below!