My One Thing

Just before the holidays, I read an exceptional book called The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results, written by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan. I read at least 2 business books a month, but this one surprised me by how much it resonated with me, perhaps because its animating idea was so simple and obvious, yet none of us does it. 
    The basic premise of the book is that success is built by doing one thing at a time. The question they ask you to consider across all aspects of your life – business, personal, spiritual, or community – is, “What’s the ONE thing you could do that would make everything else you do either easier or unnecessary?”
Simple, right?  Try it; it makes you prioritize so granularly, focus so singularly, that it becomes motivating; “OMG - I only have one thing to do, that’s it, one thing – and when that’s done I’ll knock over the next domino.” We applied this technique in our 2015 planning session and we arrived at our One Thing. Now imagine what can be accomplished when your senior executive team is all focused on just one thing. In our case, that’s 4 people all working towards one common goal; not five or six disparate goals, but simply one. With that kind of laser-like focus, how can you not be successful?
So – let’s all share our personal 2015 “One Thing” goals here. If you’re open to putting yours out there for the thousands who will read this to see, it will help you to hold yourself accountable, and, boy, you will commit to it then!
My 2015 “One Thing” is to live strong; that’s my focus for 2015. What does “strong” mean to me? - a fit body, a healthy mind, and a spiritually uplifted soul. The three have to work together, because I’ve learned that I cannot be successful in any part of my life if I am not living strong and in alignment. 
The body, mind and soul work as a system of energy. This energy flow can be abundant or restricted, depending on our “state of being” in each moment, and it changes constantly. Our state of being is the sum of our overall feeling of health and wellness. It refers to how balanced we feel; we are either in or out of alignment with who we really are. If you are living strong in your body, mind and soul, imagine the productivity that will come from that alignment.
The soul is ultimately responsible for giving your body its life force in subtle ways. When the soul chooses to leave the physical body, the body perishes. The mind is the interactive mechanism between the body and soul, and you have to manipulate your mind to work for you.  Finally, our body is a product of both the mind and soul, and how it is cared for on a daily basis. Make the energy flow naturally by caring for all three, and living strong in all three, and you will see the results. 
This is the first time I have blogged about something other than business-related topics: Maybe I’m becoming wiser, who knows? All I know is that when I’m in alignment, I want to share it with the world. It’s my “One Thing” for 2015, and I know that if I can maintain it,   “everything else will be easier or unnecessary”.
I dare you put your “One Thing” out there, and please check in on me … Let’s see if I can do it for one full year.
Next blog will be back to business…
A few great resources:
http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-5411/15-Simple-Tips-to-Balance-Your-Mind-Body-Soul.html
http://www.chopra.com/ccl/7-tips-for-mind-body-balance