You need to refuse the idea that all things are equal with the following concepts. Don't be afraid to go small, one item small, which can be seen as an extreme version of Pareto's Principle. Whether you say no, or maybe or later or even never, you are the master of your destiny and have a right to push back on efforts that do not benefit you and your focus on the one thing. Don't, for one minute, think you need to check off a big long list every day. Remember that with as little as 20% of your effort, you can accomplish as much as 80% of your primary goals.
Going small is very hard for many. In part, because everything we read says that we must do it all. You have to have a daily checklist and get everything or most things done in order to be successful. This is just not true and I'm hoping you are beginning to see the fallacy of trying to do too much. You have a finite amount of time and energy and you need to make the most of it. There is the most important thing that you need to focus on for your success.
This is a bit of a recap of what we've covered so far. We know that generating consensus and momentum requires activity on your part and needs to be in line with the one thing. We understand that there is a most important objective that we must identify in order to develop a focused effort that will lead us to success. And, by doing one thing exceptionally well, we greatly improve our chances of developing a quality skill in the one most important thing at this moment.
We've discussed the Domino Effect and know that by applying the simple principle of building upon success, each succeeding success, can be larger and even more complex. And this may lead to extraordinary success where we stand out in a field. It is important to be passionate about what you do and this passion will drive the skills you develop and help you choose your path, the best path.
Most importantly, we now know that not everything is created equal. There is more value in certain things in getting us to our goal. And, this is the road to finding our one thing.
We still need to address the fallacies of multi-tasking, the irony of a disciplined life, that willpower may not always be there, a balanced life does not let us focus on the one thing and finally that big is not bad. In The One Thing*, Keller laid out these robbers of our quality of life and we need to understand the potential traps before we move forward.
Focus for success is a lifestyle. -Guy_Sellars
*The One Thing, 2012, by Gary Keller with Jay Papasan, Bard Press of Austin Texas, Rellek Publishing Partners LTD.
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