What’s the ONE Thing you can do that will make everything else easier or unnecessary?
This is the resounding question asked by Gary Keller in his insightful book, The ONE Thing. At its core, the book is about achieving remarkable results when you focus your energies on just one thing at a time. I could write for days about what this book taught me, but in the spirit of the moment, I’ll stick to just ONE part.
A crucial part in the journey Keller takes you on is understanding the lies between you and success. There are six: everything matters equally, a disciplined life, willpower is always on will-call, a balanced life, big is bad, and multitasking. To give you just a little taste, I will introduce you to three of the lies below.
Everything Matters Equally
All too often, things in our lives feel urgent and important to the point where everything seems of equal importance. To address this urgency we become ‘busy’, but do we actually get any closer to success? Busyness rarely takes care of business. For you competitive folks out there, success is not a game won by whoever does the most.
Instead of making to-do list, which often weigh you down with trivial, unimportant stuff, make a success list. A success list is a distillation of our to-do list that contains only the tasks to you move you forward to success. Take out the ‘Should do’s’ from the long list of ‘Could do’s’.
Big is bad
The saying, “go big or home home” is very much appropriate here. If you fear big success, you’ll either avoid it or sabotage your efforts to achieve it. Think big, act bold, and don’t fear failure. In fact, fail as fast as you can. This will get all the wrong answers out of the way and clear the runway for your breakout success.
My favorite lie of them all. There are a lot people in this world who have done a great job of convincing the rest of the planet that they are multi-taskers. As a result, we strive to follow suit. As a result of that result, all us multi-taskers are just doing multiple things poorly. Even our computers are given the title of multi-tasking. But the truth of the matter is that your device can only process one bit of data at a time. The term was only given to these devices because of the great speed to which they can read data. So, why would we hold ourselves to the impossible standard if not even our iPhone can do it? Figure out what matters most in the moment and give it your all!
That’s all you get for now. Pick up a copy of The ONE Thing for yourself to learn more about the six lies and discovering your ONE thing. Here’s to success!