Excerpts taken from the book ‘The One Thing’ by Jay Papasan & Gary Keller.
The Success Habit

You know about habits. They can be hard to break- and hard to create. But we are unknowingly acquiring new ones all the time. When we start and continue a way of thinking or a way of acting over a long enough period, we’ve created a new habit. The choice we face is whether or not we want to form habits that get us what we want from life. If we do, then the Focusing Question is the most powerful success habit we can have.

I as it. I ask it when I wake up and start my day. I ask it when I get to work, and again when I get home. What’s the ONE Thing I can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?

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.

 

FOR MY SPIRITUAL LIFE…

Can do to improve relationship with God..?

 

FOR MY PHYSICAL HEALTH…

Achieve my die goals..?

Ensure that I exercise…?

I can do to relieve my stress..?

 

FOR MY PERSONAL LIFE..

To find time for myself…?

 

FOR MY KEY RELATIONSHIPS…

My spouse/partner..?

Children’s school performance..?

Appreciation to my parents..?

 

FOR MY JOB…

To improve my skills..?

 

FOR MY BUSINESS…

Can do to improve our customer experience..?

 

FOR MY FINANCES…

 

THE PATH TO GREAT ANSWERS

“People do not decide their futures, they decide their habits and their habits decide their futures”. –F.M.Alexander

A college professor once told me, “Gary, you’re smart, but people have lived before you. You’re not the first person to dream big, so you’d be wise to study what others have learned first, and then build your actions on the back of their lessons.” He was so right. And he was talking to you too.

The research and experience of others is the best place to start when looking for your answer.