The 6 Ps to Life
During a recent video, Libertas Real Estate’s own Justin Thorstad breaks down a common issue, lack of planning, and how a small tweak can help people show up bigger to the important events in their everyday lives. He suggests the “6 Ps to Life” — which stands for “prior planning prevents piss poor performance” — and explains how he made a small shift to create better results in his own life using this tool.
Like many people, Justin admits his memory is not so great (though, to be fair, it might actually be the case of how much so many people in today’s society have to manage and balance at any given time versus short-term memory!). So to ensure he wasn’t forgetting anything, he spent time every Sunday evening planning out his week and reminding himself of what was coming up on the agenda so he didn’t miss anything and so he could show up as his best self for what was most important to him.
However, he noticed a small glitch with this practice — planning out his week on Sunday evening propelled him from his weekend relaxed state into a state of doingness as he began to prepare for the week ahead.
“That got me into the mindset and energy of the week, and not necessarily in a negative way because I love what I do and don’t consider it work,” he says, continuing, “but it still put me in a ‘doingness’ mode and then I’d have to go to something else to returning to my relaxed state.”
He says a small gift of awareness was given to him and he made a small shift. Instead of planning his week on Sunday evening, he began to carve out a half hour early every Monday morning to do this same practice. Already in the mindset of the week, he was better aligned to begin the process of future casting all the events of his week. Then he could begin to properly prepare for each one.
“I can pay attention to what I have on the schedule and how I need to prepare for those things,” he says. “If I know have something very important one morning that I need and want to show up big and powerful for, then I know I need to plan to get a good night’s rest the night before, to watch what I eat, to stop eating three to four hours before bed and to wake up early that morning.”
As he starts to prepare and resource himself for prior planning, he can help prevent piss poor performance. He reminds people that their own thoughts are crucial to this, starting with the very first one that pops into people’s minds as they wake up.
“We have 60,000 to 70,000 thoughts per day, but 90 percent of those are the same we had yesterday,” he says. “So how do we have room for a new practice?”
He says it starts with the very first decision upon consciousness in the morning (or when the alarm goes off). “How are you talking to yourself to promote your vibration? Do you hit snooze, or do you decide to direct your mind and body to get up and get going?” he asks.
Next, he encourages people to begin their practice with any number of elements such as gratitude, meditation, movement, breathwork and cold therapy. “What practice do you have in place to remind yourself who you are becoming and what methods are you using to help get you there?” he says, adding, “Are you using your mind as a roadmap to your future or as an artifact of the past?”
A solid practice can help people further develop their state of being and achieve the next level of who they desire to be.
“A process can help you create peak performance,” Justin says. “It will also help you beat yourself up less, love yourself more and become prouder of yourself.”
So in the “6 Ps of Life” consider a seventh, practice, as the solid foundation on which people can help plan their lives and show up as their best selves every single day. Justin encourages people to find a practice that works for them and allow it to constantly evolve and change to best fit the changing needs of those working towards their higher selves.