When you see the letters or hear the term RSVP, what do you think of?
- Rapid Serial Visual Presentation, the free speed reading technology
- Readiness Skills Verification Program used by medics in the US Air Force
- Répondez s’il vous plaît; the French acronym generally translated “Please respond.”
If you’re like most people, you are aware of the third. You normally understand and associate the letters RSVP as a response to an invitation, such as a wedding, a formal occasion, and sometimes a special event or celebration.
Today, I invite you to look at RSVP in a completely different way; assigning these four letters to specific words that will give you an advantage in whatever your chosen field of endeavor happens to be.
This RSVP is your invitation to:
- AUGMENT ACHIEVEMENTS.
- EXCEL EXPONENTIALLY.
- SKYROCKET SUCCESS.
I have shared this concept with a few of my colleagues and those I coach, but it has been but a brief overview, the bare bones version of what I will share with you now.
RSVP Your Way To Unparalleled Success
RESEARCH. This is the R of Research and Development, but in this case, it is your personal development.
It is delving into and exploring every conceivable angle of your chosen field of interest. It is leaving no stone unturned. It is here that you unearth what you need to know that will place you ahead
of the crowd, to give to a leg up on the ladder of success.
You may find some of this information outside of research, but the best place you’re going to find it is directly from those who are already employed in your chosen field.
Reach out to them, make inquiries as to what the latest developments are, what the newest technological tools are, what advances have been and are being made.
Find out what problem still needs a solution that you can put your mind to. Find out what you can do about it. If necessary, volunteer your time in your chosen field to place you in the company of those with the experience you need.
Keep picking their brains until you get the answers you need. Test theories that can be later put into practice. Make objective observations, and by all means, keep meticulous notes.
STUDY. This is not quite the same as research. Here, I am referring to structured learning, usually in an academic environment, where the focus is on reading, testing, memorization, report writing and examination.
Study need not be formal, but it does need to be disciplined to learn all that you can from your area of interest. This is accomplished by having a systematic schedule, a structured timetable.
Take the time to KNOW your subject inside and out. After you think you know all there is to know,
VISUALIZE. Because you already think in images, use your creative imagination. Get a very vivid, crystal clear picture of what it is you want to achieve, where it is you are determined to get to with your goals and aspirations.
In the same way that athletes prepare by envisioning placement and position, and
every mechanical step — create a picture in your mind’s eye.
See exactly where you intend to be 2 years from now, 5 years from now. Place yourself in the position you desire; of being highly successful. Feel every feeling that comes from this image.
PRACTICE. The old adage is still true, Practice makes perfect. Nothing is going to teach you more in less time than practice. Nothing is going to give you the knowledge, the transferable skills, and experience you need faster than practice. DO whatever it takes to fulfill your PURPOSE!
Find out in your area of endeavor… What are the BEST practices? Why are they the best? What makes them work better than anything else. Knowing these things will help you immensely.
Remember RSVP. It is giving the EXTRA EFFORT, going the extra mile in Research, Study, Visualization, and Practice that will reward you with unlimited success.
For the acronym buffs, I have created one for RSVP.
Your turn to RSVP…
The favor of your response is requested.
Please write your comments now in the comment box here. Thank you kindly!
Have a fantastic Friday, friends!