Friday, December 6, 2013

The One Thing

This weekend someone you care about is likely to look at you and offer the wonderful/dreaded holiday question: “What do you want for Christmas?”

Here’s an easy answer: Tell’em you want THE ONE THING, a book by Gary Keller (Keller-Williams Real Estate) and Jay Papasan.

I’m almost through it and it’s one of the best tools I’ve encountered in awhile.

The basic theme is a question: What is the ONE THING I can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?

Keller and Papasan offer a variety of exercises to help readers focus on the ONE THING (their CAPS).

One of my main takeaways is that we all need to figure out what our big ONE THING is (our purpose) and what our small ONE THING is (the thing we need to be doing right now so we get closer to succeeding at the big thing).

For instance, if your big ONE THING is to matter in peoples’ lives what small ONE THING can you do today to matter in one person’s life.

If your big ONE THING is financial security your small ONE THING might be to make the calls necessary to sell whatever your product or service might be.

The small ONE THING is what we need to focus on first thing every day. Understanding that keeps us focused.

THE ONE THING has become one of those books I’m marking up like crazy. In fact, the authors underline some of the best thoughts in a way that looks like you underlined them yourself, which is kinda cool.

Have someone give you THE ONE THING for Christmas and you’ll be thanking them by Valentine’s Day.

Have a great weekend! See you Monday.

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