Today marks my thirteenth article written for you. Can you believe it has been three months since I started on my writing journey? I’m paying homage to my first article and writing a follow-up article pertaining to “The One Thing” book that has greatly influenced my habits.

Quote from my first article, “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.”


I read “The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results” by Gary Keller a couple months ago and have been practicing it every day.  It had a very impactful message to me and through my daily practice, I’ve seen stellar results.  I use an app on my phone called Goal Tracker that has a checkmark or an X if I practiced my ONE Thing.  You may use the app or a calendar to give a visual representation of your daily practice and habits.

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 an arbitrary list.  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. The inability to say no impacts you in a way that you may feel a loss of Freedom or Self-Expression to make a choice. Rather you are making a decision on which one you want more versus a choice to do what you see as most important to you.

Here’s a caveat. In business, you may not be able to say no to a customer ready to pay or in dire need. Keep that in mind and work on a balance or delegate the task to an employee or co-worker.  You may even be able to set a time later in the day to get it done versus dropping everything to fix a problem that is not your doing.  In my personal life, I use it 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. You may also try or for more of an executive summary if you feel you are unable or unwilling to read a couple of hundred page book.

MentorBox is a site which led me down different learning paths due to its method of teaching.  It gives 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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