The King of Self-Help, Tony Robbins, created his Rapid Planning Method by which to set goals quickly, and also have the motivation to achieve them.
It’s also known as the acronym RPM – which is handy, because it also sums up the three questions.
Whenever you want to achieve something, you need to answer the following questions in detail, and in the order given.
1. What do you want? (Results)
2. Why do you want it? (Purpose)
3. How are you are going to get it? (Map)
When you want to set goals quickly, it’s easy to just start making up a to-do list, that’s not going to mean that either the goal is right, or that you’ll achieve it.
Firstly, the clearer you are about what you want to achieve, the more likely you’ll be able to get it – and, crucially, you’ll know when you’ve got it. Plenty of people set vague financial goals, then are constantly unsatisfied with how much they have. There are many people out there earning 6 or 7 figure salaries, but thinking that they’re not earning enough.
Do you want more money? How much, specifically?
Secondly, it’s even more important that you know why you want your goal. This is because this gives you both the drive to achieve it, but also meaning that you can explore other ways to get it. A lot of people set out to achieve materialistic goals (e.g. an expensive car) to impress people. In reality, these kind of possessions are just as likely to make people look down on you than respect you.
Thirdly, you need a map – a way to achieve it. Rather than a direct route between where you are and where you want to be, it’s better to come up with multiple strategies. Things will start going wrong immediately, and if you’ve only got one plan you’ll abandon it. Also, consider how you’ll deal with set-backs. It’s these set-backs that are one of the main reasons for people giving up – they genuinely didn’t expect anything to go wrong.
So, the next time you want to set goals quickly, don’t forget the what, why and how – in that order. Don’t get deceived by how simple it is. Like all great concepts, it is only if you can take this to heart that you will benefit most.