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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

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

3. Success Leaves Clues

Ross Garber

"There can only be one most important thing. Many things may be important, but only one can be the most important."

No one is self-made

General George S. Patton

"You must be single-minded. Drive for the one thing on which you have decided."

Vince Lombardi

"Success demands singleness of purpose."

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

"It's not enough to be busy, so are the ants. The question is, what are we busy about?"

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

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.

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

Tend to be long, Pulls you in all directions, Disorganized directory

Success lists

Are short, Aims you in a specific direction, Organised directive

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

If your do-do list contains everything, then it's probably taking you everywhere but where you really want to go.

The 80/20 Principle

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.

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.

Do not stop until you end with the essential ONE., The ONE Thing

5. Multitasking

Multitasking is a lie

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?

Publilius Syrus

"To do two things at once is to do neither."

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

Being in a distractible setting sets us up to be more distractible

6. A Disciplined Life

Something needs to be done but isn't

"I just need more discipline.", We need a habit of doing it, We we need just enough discipline to build the habit

People who look like they are "disciplined"

What you're seeing is people who've trained a handful of habits into their lives.

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

Use selected discipline to build a powerful habit, When you do the right thing it can liberate you from having to monitor everything

How long does it take to establish a new habit?

University College of London have answer, On average it takes 66 days

Sustain discipline long enough on one habit it becomes easier

So do other things, Do the most important thing regularly, Everything else is 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

2009 Prevention magazine

You are what you eat

Foods that elevate blood sugar evenly over long periods, like complex carbohydrates & proteins, become the fuel of choice for high-achievers

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

Do your most important work early, Before your willpower is drawn down

Build your days around how your willpower works

8. A Balanced Life

A balanced life is a lie

In your effort to attend to all things, everything gets shortchanged and nothing gets its due.

Extraordinary results

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

Work-Life in the middle

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

Time waits for no one

Push something to an extreme and postponement can become permanent

You can't ignore the inevitability of time

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 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

What you build today will either empower or restrict you tomorrow

On the journey to achieving big you get bigger

Big requires growth and by the time you arrive, you're big too, As you experience big, you become big.

Don't fear big

Fear mediocrity, Fear waste, Fear the lack of living to your fullest

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?

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

11. The Success Habit

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

Over time you'll develop your own sense of when to use the big-picture question and when to use the small-focus question

Where to apply the Focusing Question

Your Spiritual Life, Your Physical Health, Your Personal Life, Your Key Relationships, Your Job, Your Business, Your Finances

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

Start each day by asking

"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?"

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

Leverage reminders

"Until my ONE Thing is done - everything else is a distraction"

Recruit support

Research shows that those around you can influence you tremendously

12. The Path To Great Answers

You ask a great question

You seek out a great anser

Your questions should be big & specific

"What can I do to double sales in 6 months?"

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

"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?"

Answers come in three categories

doable, stretch, possibility

Anytime you don't know the answer, your answer is to go find your answer

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

They not only dream of but deeply crave what is beyond their natural grasp

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

This is your benchmark, The current high-water mark for all that is known and being done.

Spotting what is coming next is called trending

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

A new answer usually requires a new behavior

13. Live With Purpose

Live with purpose

live by priority, live for productivity

Our purpose sets our priority

Our priority determines the productivity our actions produce

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

A life lived on purpose is the most powerful of all and the happiest

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

Why?, Once we get what we want our happiness sooner or later wanes because we quickly become accustomed to what we acquire.

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

Live by priority and you'll know what to do to get there.

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

When your life is on purpose living by priority takes precedence

Purpose without priority is powerless

Goal setting to the now

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.

Connect today to all your tomorrows. It matters

Dominican University of California

Dr. Gail Matthews, 267 participants, Those who wrote down their goals were 39.5% more likely to accomplish them.

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

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

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

It's a way of making sure that what has to get done gets gone, Alexander Graham Bell

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.

Great success shows up when time is devoted every day to becoming great.

Time block these 3 things in this order

Time block your time off

Time block your ONE Thing

Time block your planning time

Block time as early in your day as you possibly can

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

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

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

16. The Three Commitments

George Hala

"Nobody who ever gave their best regretted it."

Follow the path to mastery

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

Move from "E" to "P"

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"

Live the Accountability Cycle

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

17. The Four Thieves

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

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

18. The Journey

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

Living large is that simple

At any moment in time there can be only ONE Thing

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

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

You are the first domino

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