When you think about success shoot for the moon. The moon is reachable if you prioritize everything and put all of your energy into accomplishing the most important thing., Getting extraordinary results is all about creating a domino effect in your life.
Find the lead domino, and whack away at it until it falls
Extraordinary success is sequential, not simultaneous. What starts out linear becomes geometric., You do the right thing and then you do the next right thing., Over time it adds up, and the geometric potential of success is unleashed.
The key is time, Success is built sequentially, it's one thing at a time
"There can only be one most important thing. Many things may be important, but only one can be the most important."
"You must be single-minded. Drive for the one thing on which you have decided."
"Success demands singleness of purpose."
"It's not enough to be busy, so are the ants. The question is, what are we busy about?"
They pause just long enough to decide what matters and then allow what matters to drive their day.
They do sooner what others plan to do later and defer, perhaps indefinitely, what others do sooner.
Tend to be long, Pulls you in all directions, Disorganized directory
Are short, Aims you in a specific direction, Organised directive
If your do-do list contains everything, then it's probably taking you everywhere but where you really want to go.
Asserts that a minority of causes, inputs, or efforts usually lead to a majority of the results, outputs, or rewards
A small amount of causes creates most of the results., Just the right input creates most of the output., Selected effort creates almost all of the rewards.
If you apply this principle it will unlock the success you seek in anything that matters to you.
Do not stop until you end with the essential ONE., The ONE Thing
Multitasking is neither efficient nor effective. In the world of results it will fail you every time
You can do two things at once, but you can't focus effectively on two things at once
Researchers estimate that we lose 28% of an average workday to multitasking ineffectiveness.
Why would we ever tolerate multitasking when we are doing our most important work?
"To do two things at once is to do neither."
Being in a distractible setting sets us up to be more distractible
"I just need more discipline.", We need a habit of doing it, We we need just enough discipline to build the habit
What you're seeing is people who've trained a handful of habits into their lives.
Use selected discipline to build a powerful habit, When you do the right thing it can liberate you from having to monitor everything
University College of London have answer, On average it takes 66 days
So do other things, Do the most important thing regularly, Everything else is easier
2009 Prevention magazine
Foods that elevate blood sugar evenly over long periods, like complex carbohydrates & proteins, become the fuel of choice for high-achievers
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
Do your most important work early, Before your willpower is drawn down
In your effort to attend to all things, everything gets shortchanged and nothing gets its due.
Require focused attention & time, Time on one thing means time away from another, This makes balance impossible
You must choose what matters most and give it all the time it demands, This requires getting extremely out of balance in relation to all other work issues, with only infrequent counterbalancing to address them
Set a priority and act on it, When you act on your priority you'll automatically go out of balance, giving more time to one thing over another
Knowing when to pursue the middle and when to pursue the extremes is in essence the true beginning of wisdom., Extraordinary results are achieved by this negotiation with your time
Push something to an extreme and postponement can become permanent
You can't ignore the inevitability of time
What you do in the time you work determines what you achieve, What you do is determined by what you think, How big you think becomes the launching pad for how high you achieve
Big requires growth and by the time you arrive, you're big too, As you experience big, you become big.
Fear mediocrity, Fear waste, Fear the lack of living to your fullest
"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."
Powered by the Focusing Question, your actions become a natural progression of building one right thing on top of the previous right thing, When this happens you're in position to experience the power of the domino effect
Use this when you first wake up and throughout the day
Whether you seek answers big or small, asking the Focusing Question is the ultimate success habit for your life
Over time you'll develop your own sense of when to use the big-picture question and when to use the small-focus question
Your Spiritual Life, Your Physical Health, Your Personal Life, Your Key Relationships, Your Job, Your Business, Your Finances
"What's the ONE Thing I can do today for [whatever you want] such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?"
"Until my ONE Thing is done - everything else is a distraction"
Research shows that those around you can influence you tremendously
You seek out a great anser
"What can I do to double sales in 6 months?"
"What's the ONE Thing I can do to double sales in 6 months such by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?"
doable, stretch, possibility
Anytime you don't know the answer, your answer is to go find your answer
They not only dream of but deeply crave what is beyond their natural grasp
This is your benchmark, The current high-water mark for all that is known and being done.
You're looking for the next thing you can do in the same direction that the best performers are heading, If necessary you can move in an entirely new direction
live by priority, live for productivity
Our priority determines the productivity our actions produce
A life lived on purpose is the most powerful of all and the happiest
Why?, Once we get what we want our happiness sooner or later wanes because we quickly become accustomed to what we acquire.
"Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now."
Live by priority and you'll know what to do to get there.
When your life is on purpose living by priority takes precedence
You're training your mind how to think, how to connect one goal with the next over time until you know the most important thing you must do right now.
Dr. Gail Matthews, 267 participants, Those who wrote down their goals were 39.5% more likely to accomplish them.
"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."
They time block their ONE Thing and then protect their blocks with a vengeance.
They design their days around doing their ONE Thing
Their most important appointment each day is with themselves, They never miss it
They work on event time
It's a way of making sure that what has to get done gets gone, Alexander Graham Bell
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.
Great success shows up when time is devoted every day to becoming great.
Time block your time off
Time block your ONE Thing
Time block your planning time
Block 4 hours per day for your ONE Thing
The best way to protect your time blocks is to adopt the mindset that they can't be moved
Build a bunker, Find somewhere to work that takes you out of the path of disruption and interruptions
Store provisions, Have any supplies, materials, snacks or beverages on hand and other than a bathroom break avoid leaving your bunker
Sweep for mines, Turn off your phone, shut down your email and exit your Internet browser
Enlist support, Tell those most likely to seek you out what you are doing
"Nobody who ever gave their best regretted it."
When you see mastery as a path you go down instead of a destination you arrive at, it starts to feel accessible and attainable
More than anything else, expertise tracks with hours invested
The pursuit of mastery bears gifts
Knowledge begets knowledge and skills build on skills., Its what makes future dominoes fall more easily
Continually improving how you do something is crucial to getting the most from time blocking, Its called moving from "E" to "P"
E, Entrepreneurial, Is our natural approach., It's seeing something we want to do or that needs to be done and racing off and doing it, No matter the task all natural ability has a ceiling of achievement, a level of productivity and success that eventually tops out.
P, Purposeful, When you're going about your ONE Thing, any ceiling of achievement must be challenged, Highly successful people don't accept the limitations of their natural approach, When they hit a ceiling they look for new models and systems, better ways to do things to push them through, You must simply be willing to do what ever it takes, The purposeful person follows one simple rule, A different result requires doing something different.
When you've done the best you can do but are certain the results aren't the best they can be, get out of "E" and into "P"
Taking complete ownership of your outcomes by holding no one but yourself responsible for them is the most powerful thing you can do to drive your success
Accountable people achieve results others only dream of
When life happens, you can be either the author of your life or the victim of it
Being willing to address reality head-on gives you a huge edge., It puts you in a position to start thinking about what you can do differently
Highly successful people re clear about their role in the events of their life, They don't fear reality., They seek it, acknowledge it and own it
One of the fastest ways to bring accountability to your life is to find an accountability partner, Individuals who write their goals down and send progress reports to friends are 76.7% more likely to achieve them
Inability to say no, When you say yes to something it's imperative that you understand what you are saying no to., You can't please everyone so don't try, A request of you to do something must be connected to your ONE Thing for you to consider it
Fear of chaos, Focusing on ONE Thing has a guaranteed consequence, Other things don't get done, When you strive for greatness, chaos is guaranteed to show up
Poor health habits, Personal energy mismanagement is a silent thief of productivity, High achievement and extraordinary results require big energy, Daily Energy Plan, Mediate or pray for spiritual energy, Eat right, exercise and sleep sufficiently for physical energy, Hug, kiss and laugh with loved ones for emotional energy, Set goals, plan and calendar for mental energy, Time block your ONE Thing for business energy, When you spend the early hours energizing yourself, you get pulled through the rest of the day with little additional effort
Environment doesn't support your goals, It must support your goals, Being with success minded people creates what researchers call a "positive spiral of success" where they lift you up and send you on your way., Oprah Winfrey, Don't let your environment lead you astray
Living large is that simple
When that ONE Thing is in line with your purpose and sits atop your priorities, it will be the most productive thing you can do to launch you toward the best you can be
You are the first domino