Melvyn Tan
September 19, 2013 — By tanmelvyn@gmail.com

Walk This Way – Create A Massive Action Plan (MAP)

[blockquote source=”Isaiah 30:20-22 (NIV)“]Although the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, your teachers will be hidden no more; with your own eyes you will see them. Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; […]

[blockquote source=”Isaiah 30:20-22 (NIV)“]Although the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, your teachers will be hidden no more; with your own eyes you will see them. Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”[/blockquote]

In this world you will have trouble, as Jesus said.  Yes, life is full of twists and turns.  I like to think of myself as this dude with a strong sense of commitment.  There are times I would say something like, “I’d like to think through this carefully as I want to be able to commit fully to this if I should take it on”.  In fact, what I am saying is, “look, I am scared out of my wits when I think of all the things that are required of me and I am not sure if I can do that”!

Just as I decided to embark on this journey, I already see the amount of work, commitment, late nights.  I am already warning myself of the obstacles, challenges, people saying no, people mocking me ahead.  The doubts, fears, anxieties, and frustrations are all building up inside of me.

Note, I said “as I decided”, not “as I started on this journey”.  The fact is that I have not even started on this journey.  And that is the most frustrating of all.  As I researched on this verse, I came across the reflections of Amanda, where she rightly pointed out that the word “turn” in the verse is a verb, and action.  And that struck me big time.

If I have not even started to move, to take one small little step, then how was I to know which way to go?  To use an analogy I once heard from Pastor Rick Warren, you cannot steer a car that is not moving.  You need to move.

In other words, you need to take action, to take one step so that the Holy Spirit can tell you if you are going down the right path or not.

This reminds me of a quote by Tony Robbins, “Never leave the site of setting a goal without first taking some form of positive action toward its attainment.”  So for today, I would like to share with you the MAP (massive action plan) from Tony Robbins’ Rapid Planning Method (RPM).  Essentially this is how it works.

  • State your a goal: for instance, for me, one of my personal goals is to maintain my weight at 79kg.
  • Brainstorm a massive list of activities that will help you achieve your goal: for me it could be exercise, diet, refrain from sugared drinks, drinks lots of water, cut down on caffeine, get adequate sleep, eat regular but smaller sized meals, etc
  • Identify which of these activities are you going to take action on: I picked three actions that I will undertake daily – exercise, eat fruits and vegetables, and drink at least 7 glasses of water
  • Schedule these actions so that you have a plan: I will exercise at 6.30am everyday, I will ensure that my meals include both vegetables and fruits, and I will drink at least two glasses of water the moment I wake up, at least two glasses after my exercise, at least one at lunch, at least one at dinner, and at least one before I sleep.

Dear LORD, thank you being by my side the whole time even during times of adversity.  As I take each step towards my goal, let my ears hear Your instructions.  In Jesus name, Amen.