How to Finish What You Start: Part 3 – Dump the “To-Do” Lists

You must stop waiting for checklists to make your life count. You must act in your BORN TO DO identity.


I recently took a Tony Robbins training called Time of Your Life. In it, he teaches the Rapid Planning Method (RPM). He revealed that I was seeing my checklists from the wrong perspective. I was focused on managing a never-ending to-do list, whereas the RPM system helped me focus on the results I was after the reasons I wanted to achieve with them.

Once I implemented this method, I truly felt more alive! It made me realize that I wasn’t really living before, I was simply existing.

I realized I can experience real living and achievement in my business rather than just movement.

To-do lists stress us out. Why? Because there’s a zombie-like automation that we wake up with to go through the motions. Like zombies, we’re walking…dead!

When Jesus’ disciples went to the tomb to look for his body, the angel who met them asked, “Why do you look for the living amongst the dead?”


In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? (Luke 24:5 NIV)

Like me, you might also seem so confused about life and death and even more so about the ambivalent state of being that might best be described as existence.

The checklists and to-do’s in your business are not proof of life but simply proof of existence unless we are choosing real life: making sure everything you do is directly correlated with accomplishing what God has you born to do.

Most of us are not choosing between life and death in our day-to-day business operations; we are choosing between existence and death. We actually never choose to live. We are paralyzed by our fear of death and all its relatives such as failure, disappointment, and heartbreak and that fear leads us to trade life for existence.

This is what I personally know: whatever God birthed to do, whatever promises God longs to fulfill in and through your business, whatever riches may await you, you will only find them when you choose life over existence.

Regardless of your status or socio-economic background, you must stop waiting for checklists to make your life count. You must act in your BORN TO DO identity. You need to act like your life depends on it. It’s your duty and responsibility to go about your Father’s business. Whatever choices you make in your business, no matter how much you accomplish, one thing is certain – all of our lives will end. The question still remains: will you choose to live or will go about checking meaningless tasks off your list until death takes you?

What are those things in your business that make you come alive? In what ways have you settled for existing in your business instead of living for what God called you to create?