I think it’s safe to say that success is something we all would like to achieve. But you already know that, duh. We spend our entire lives constantly running towards the things that we believe are the answer to our prayers and will finally bring us thst success we desire.
Since I’m a total nerd when it comes to productivity books, I picked up the book “The One Thing” by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan this month and just finished it over the weekend.
First of all, If you’re looking for a motivational book to help you reach your goals, I HIGHLY recommend reading this! I’ll have a link for it down below. It’s hard to sum up the entire book into a short blog post, obviously, but there were definitely points worth sharing.
I’ll give you guys the gist of what the authors are trying to get across.
So, what is the one secret to success according to the authors?
It’s asking yourself the right question. Most of the time when we’re measuring our success, we ask ourselves things like “Why haven’t I gotten there yet?”Our brain comes up with answers like “Well, It’s because of reasons X, Y, and Z” With these answers we’re left feeling inadequate and unmotivated.
The simple secret to success is to begin each day with asking what Papasan and Keller refer to as the focusing question.
“What is THE ONE thing I can do today to get me closer ___ ( insert goal here )”
Yeah, I know, It’s really that simple. But the key here is “The ONE thing.” The quality of the answer is determined by the quality of this question. Most of the time we have so much we believe we are supposed to do, we don’t intentionally focus our life in the direction we’d like it to go. Life pulls us in many places and we follow blindly. We might not know what that one thing is that can get us to our goal and in that case the answer, then, is doing some research to figure it out. Asking the focusing question gets your brain wired in the right direction.
Here are some of the highlighted ideas from the book:
- Nobody ever achieves absolute balance. No matter how imperceptible it might be, what appears to be a state of balance is something entirely different – an act of balancing.
- A to-do list is simply the things you think you need to do; the first thing on your list is just the first thing you thought of. To-do lists inherently lack the intent of success. Most to-do lists are actually just survival lists – getting you through your life, but not making each day a stepping stone for the next in order to sequentially build a successful life.
- Success is actually a short race – a sprint fueled by discipline just long enough for habit to kick in and take over.
- Happiness happens when you have a bigger purpose in life than having more desires, which is why happiness happens on the way to fufillment.
- To achieve extraordinary results and experience greatness, time block these three things in the following order and stick to it!
- Time block your vacation time
- Time block your ONE Thing you must do
- Time block your planning time
- Learn to recognize the four thieves of productivity:
- Inability to Say “No”
- Fear of Chaos
- Poor Health Habits
- Environment Doesn’t Support Your Goals
I could really go more in depth about the ideas from the book, but that basically sums it up. If you’re interested in reading it definitely click the link below. I hope you guys got some inspiration and motivation to do your ONE THING to get you to your goals. Don’t forget to give this post a like and share it with your friends.
What is the ONE thing you plan to do today to bring you closer to your goal?