I’ve been thinking for quite some time about writing weekly personal emails to share what I’ve learned or has been most impactful to me over the week that would potentially benefit you. Whether you are in business for yourself, a high-level employee or a front lines employee, the emails I’m writing are in the personal/professional development space. I’m inviting you to the possibilities I’ve created for myself, my team and my circle of influence.
My current book that I’m reading is “The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results” by Gary Keller. It has been a very impactful message to me, and I’m currently only half way through the book.
The premise of the book is prioritization and creating success lists instead of a traditional “to-do” list. By this, you are launching yourself towards maximizing your daily work to achieve a goal, versus being “in the weeds” and simply doing tasks and checking them off… It is phrased: “What’s the one thing you can do, such that by doing it, everything else will be easier or unnecessary?”
I’ve combined two trains of thought that have done wonders for my mental health and productivity both personally and professionally. First, it was adopting the saying, “If you’re saying YES to this, what are you saying NO to.” Hence if I say yes to something you take away the space to do what you want or feel most necessary to obtain a goal. It is difficult to say no to, BUT by simply asking myself the question above I feel no guilt in saying no. If I feel it will now allow me to say yes to something I want or need to do. Here’s a caveat. In business you may not be able to say no to a customer ready to pay or in dire need, so keep that in mind and work on a balance or delegate the task to an employee. You may even be able to set a time later in the day to get it done versus dropping everything to fix their problem. In my personal life, I use it even more to keep a clear head, set myself up for success to meet my timely obligations and control “my chaos” that I love due to being a busybody type.
Now combine The One Thing principle, create your success list and ask yourself “If I say yes to this, what am I saying no to?” The results may be astounding!Here is a link to the book on Amazon
I’m going to give a plug to MentorBox. This site has led me down many different learning paths due to its method of teaching. It give’s an executive summary accompanied by a video and workbook, so you retain the main principles of the book. Here is a link to The One Thing cheatsheet from MentorBox. Check it out for yourself and let me know what you think.
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