When I listen to various podcasts, at some point this question is usually asked, "What is the one book that has influenced you the most?"
Each time I hear the question uttered, I freeze and am thankful the question isn't being asked of me. It's as if I can't come up with a single title of ANY book I've ever read, let alone the one that has influenced me the most.
While it might be because I've just finished reading it, but The ONE Thing by Gary W. Keller and Jay Papasan could very well take me out of my frozen and panicked state should that question ever be tossed in my direction.
And here's why.
It's making me slow down. It's making me zone in on exactly what I want. It's making me take a good hard look at what I've been doing so far (and I don't exactly like what I'm seeing). It has not only been reflective, but it has motivated me to make some changes.
You know, like focusing on ONE thing. It starts with the focusing question: What's the ONE Thing I can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?
Sounds easy enough, right? However, when you start rolodexing through the myriad goals you have set for yourself, it becomes difficult to figure out what the one thing is. The great aspect about this book is that Keller and Papasan take you through a process to help with such angst.
There are so many influential nuggets, but this one might be the biggest and fittingly enough, it's toward the end of the book:
The Highly Productive Person's Daily Energy Plan:
1. Meditate and pray for spiritual energy.
2. Eat right, exercise, and sleep sufficiently for physical energy.
3. Hug, kiss, and laugh with loved ones for emotional energy.
4. Set goals, plan, and calendar for mental energy.
5. Time block your ONE thing for business energy.
Five areas boiled down to their essence and put in such a practical way to follow daily. Once I read the list, I felt as if my personal overwhelm subsided and I could put together an action plan. One step at a time.
As the Russian proverb goes: If you chase two rabbits, you will not catch either one.
It's time to stop chase rabbits. It's time to get to work on the ONE thing.
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.