Change Your Focus – Rethink Your To-Do List

If we want to achieve extraordinary results and fulfillment, we need more than just time management systems. We need a new system of thinking, a way to focus immediately on the results that are most important to us in our lives. Instead of focusing on what it is we need to do, we should first focus on what it is we really want.

We must think in terms of results—the R in Anthony Robbins’ Rapid Planning Method.

Having a clear result or outcome and consistently focusing on it immediately changes your behavior.

For example, can you remember the last time you were caught up in an argument? Maybe you forgot what you were even arguing about—yet you knew inside you had to win! What if, in the middle of that argument, you asked yourself, “What result do I really want from this?” You would have realized that your outcome was not to argue, but to create a resolution. This simple shift in focus would have immediately changed the direction of the communication, and would have likely moved you from a state of arguing toward a focus on resolution.

Remember: Whatever you focus on, you will feel and experience at a stronger level. If you focus on why you have so many problems in your life, you will surely be able to come up with a long list of reasons. If you focus on all the activities that are keeping you busy, you’ll find yourself continuously adding more and more to your list.
Focus on the results you are committed to, and you’ll find yourself consistently moving toward the result you’re after—and very often accomplishing them with a much shorter to-do list than you expected. Want to learn more about Anthony Robbins’ Rapid Planning Method? Get more time for what matters to you with a free session of Time of Your Life.

A result is the target you are after, the specific measurable result or outcome that you want to achieve (not the activity to get it done, but the actual result you are after).
1) What do I really want?
2) What is my outcome?
3) What is the specific result I’m committed to achieve?


  1. I once had to ask myself this – ended up resigning a position. It was hard but the BEST move I ever made. It resulted in many moves upward.

    Liz on October 17th 2013
  2. Although I know what the results I want are.. asking those 3 questions on a regular basis really helps me keep my focus and stop my brain wondering off into procrastination… thanks Tony great post to keep the focus!

    Laura Chattington - on August 17th 2013
  3. Yes i am changing my FOCUS now…to what i really want… i am FOCUSED to the BEST RESULTS…Thank you God…Thank you Anthony Robbins!

    love lorraine on August 9th 2013
  4. I’ve spent most of today slipping back into old thought patterns and this was the perfect reminder I needed to get back on track. Great post – thank you, thank you, thank you!

    Jessica on August 7th 2013
  5. Awesome, thank you! :) I’m off to listen to my Ultimate Edge Program!

    Becky West on August 7th 2013
  6. Fabulous article and just what I needed to hear this morning! I find myself so wrapped up in my to-do-list I feel as if I am on automatic pilot, trying to “get through”. Having read this I am pinning my eye on my end-goal – I feel the difference already! Also shared it in my “communities” as I know so many people would get use out of this! :) Thank you

    Rowena on August 6th 2013
  7. Excellent post Tony thank you for sharing. I am committed to inspire, instruct and help millions of people all around the world helping them to improve, transform their lives and will do this by speaking on stages around the world and alongside you one day and Brendon!

    Janet I Mueller on August 5th 2013
  8. Wow…… Just thinking I have to rethink my direction just a few hours ago!

    LArry Goldberg on August 5th 2013

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