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The One Thing by Mind Map: The One Thing
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The One Thing

1. The One Thing

"What's the ONE Thing you can do this week such that by doing it everything else would be easier or unnecessary?"

If time is the currency of achievement, then why are some able to cash in their allotment for more chips than others?

Extraordinary results are directly determined by how narrow you can make your focus

2. The Domino Effect

When one thing, the right thing is set in motion, it can topple many things

Getting Extraordinary Results

3. Success Leaves Clues

Ross Garber

No one is self-made

General George S. Patton

Vince Lombardi

The ONE Thing shows up time and again in the lives of the successful because it's a fundamental truth.

The ONE Thing sits at the heart of success of success and is the starting point for achieving extraordinary results.

4. Everything Matters Equally

When everything feels urgent and important, everything seems equal.

Henry David Thoreau

To-dos serve as a useful collection of our best intentions, they also tyrannize us with trivial, unimportant stuff, that we feel obligated to get done, because it's on our lists.

Achievers operate differently

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.

Instead of a to-do list, you need a success list, a list that is purposefully created around extraordinary results.

To-do lists

Success lists

If a list isn't built around success, then that's not where it takes you.

The 80/20 Principle

A to-do list becomes a success list when you apply Pareto's Principle to it.

You can take 20% of the 20% of the 20% and continue until you get to the single most important thing.

5. Multitasking

Multitasking is a lie

Publilius Syrus

If doing the most important thing is the most important thing, why would you try to do anything else at the same time?

Workers who use computers during the day change windows or check email or other programs nearly 37 times an hour

6. A Disciplined Life

Something needs to be done but isn't

People who look like they are "disciplined"

Success is about doing the right thing, not about doing everything right

How long does it take to establish a new habit?

Sustain discipline long enough on one habit it becomes easier

7. Willpower Is Always On Will Call

Is a lie

When you have your will you get your way

Willpower has a limited battery life

The more we use our mind, the less minding power we have

Kathleen Vohs

You are what you eat

When our will power runs out we all revert to our default settings

Make doing what matters most a priority when your willpower is its highest

What taxes your willpower?

Implementing new behaviors Filtering distractions Resisting temptation Suppressing emotion Restraining aggression Suppressing impulses Taking tests Trying to impress others Coping with fear Doing something you don't enjoy Selecting long-term over short-term rewards

Timing is everything

Build your days around how your willpower works

8. A Balanced Life

A balanced life is a lie

Extraordinary results

Work-Life in the middle

Time waits for no one

Leaving some things undone is a necessary tradeoff for extraordinary results

9. Big Is Bad

Big is about who you can become

Success requires action & action requires thought

The only actions that become springboards to succeeding big are those informed by big thinking to begin with

Everyone has the same amount of time

What you build today will either empower or restrict you tomorrow

On the journey to achieving big you get bigger

Don't fear big

Only living big will let you experience your true life and work potential

10. The Focusing Question

Mark Twain

"The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret to getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks and then starting on the first one."

Sometimes questions are more important than answers

How we phrase the questions we ask ourselves determines the answers that eventually become our life

Anyone who dreams of an uncommon life eventually discovers there is no choice but to seek an uncommon approach to living it

What's the ONE THING I can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?

11. The Success Habit

Start with the big stuff and see where it takes you.

Where to apply the Focusing Question

Believe that the ONE Thing can make a difference in your life

Start each day by asking

Research says it will take 66 days so stick with it until it becomes your routine

Leverage reminders

Recruit support

12. The Path To Great Answers

You ask a great question

Your questions should be big & specific

A big, specific question leads to a big specific answer which is absolutely necessary for achieving a big goal

Convert your question to the Focusing Question

Answers come in three categories

Highly successful people choose to live at the outer limits of achievement.

The research & experience of others is the best place to start when looking for your answers

Spotting what is coming next is called trending

A new answer usually requires a new behavior

13. Live With Purpose

Live with purpose

Our purpose sets our priority

Who we are and where we want to go determine what we do and what we accomplish

If we lack a big picture view we can easily fall into serial success seeking

Knowing why you're doing something provides the inspiration & motivation to give the extra perspiration needed to persevere when things go south

When what you do matches your purpose, your life just feels in rhythm, and the path you beat with your feet seems to match the sound in your head and heart

14. Live By Priority

Alan Lakein

"Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now."

Live with purpose and you know where you want to go

When you're going somewhere on purpose, there will always be something you "should do" that will get you where you must go.

Purpose without priority is powerless

Goal setting to the now

Connect today to all your tomorrows. It matters

Dominican University of California

15. Live For Productivity

Margarita Tartakovsky

"Productivity isn't about being a workhorse, keeping busy or burning the midnight oil...It's more about priorities, planning, and fiercely protecting your time."

Productive action transforms lives.

Putting together a life of extraordinary results simply comes down to getting the most out of what you do, when what you do matters.

A time-managing system's success can be judged by the productivity it produces

The most successful people are the most productive people

Time blocking is a very results orientated way of viewing and using time

If disproportionate results come from one activity, then you must give that one activity disproportionate time

How time blocking works

Time blocking works on the premise that a calendar records appointments but doesn't care who those appointments are with. So when you know your ONE Thing make an appointment with yourself to tackle it.

Time block these 3 things in this order

Block time as early in your day as you possibly can

Be a maker in the morning and a manager in the afternoon.

Block an hour each week to review your annual and monthly goals

There is a magic in knocking down your most important domino day after day

How to battle distractions and keep your eye on your ONE Thing

16. The Three Commitments

George Hala

"Nobody who ever gave their best regretted it."

Follow the path to mastery

Move from "E" to "P"

Live the Accountability Cycle

17. The Four Thieves

There are 4 thieves that can hold you up and rob you of your productivity

18. The Journey

Whatever you can see, you have the capacity to move toward

At any moment in time there can be only ONE Thing

Actions build on action

Habits build on habit

Success build on success

The right domino knocks down another and another and another

A life worth living might be measured in many ways but the one way that stands above all others is living a life of no regrets

Put yourself together and your world falls in to place

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