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But it's always the ONE Thing that delivers extraordinary results. Get the Book Now Get Trained. #1 The Wall Street Journal Bestseller; #1 #1 site Bestseller. The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results - Book Summary | Read this book summary by FlashNotes. The best way we've found is what we refer to as the focusing question in our new book The ONE Thing. Based on goals in any area of your life.
No matter the task, mission, or goal. Big or small. Start with as large a list as you want, but develop the mindset that you will whittle your way from there to the critical few and not stop until you end with the essential ONE. There will always be just a few things that matter more than the rest, and out of those, one will matter most. Doing the most important thing is always the most important thing. Chapter 5: Multitasking Multitasking is a lie.
Researchers estimate that workers are interrupted every 11 minutes and then spend almost a third of their day recovering from these distractions. When you switch from one task to another, voluntarily or not, two things happen. The first is nearly instantaneous: you decide to switch.
Researchers estimate we lose 28 percent of an average workday to multitasking ineffectiveness. Chapter 6: A Disciplined Life Success is actually a short race—a sprint fueled by discipline just long enough for habit to kick in and take over. Stay with this long enough and it becomes routine—in other words, a habit. You can become successful with less discipline than you think, for one simple reason: success is about doing the right thing, not about doing everything right.
The trick to success is to choose the right habit and bring just enough discipline to establish it. When you do the right thing, it can liberate you from having to monitor everything.
It takes an average of 66 days to acquire a new habit. Decide what the right one is, then give yourself all the time you need and apply all the discipline you can summon to develop it.
Those with the right habits seem to do better than others. Chapter 7: Willpower Is Always on Call When we tie our success to our willpower without understanding what that really means, we set ourselves up for failure.
Willpower is always on will-call is a lie. The more we use our mind, the less minding power we have. You make doing what matters most a priority when your willpower is its highest. So, if you want to get the most out of your day, do your most important work—your ONE Thing—early, before your willpower is drawn down.
Chapter 8: A Balanced Life Viewed wistfully as a noun, balance is lived practically as a verb. A balanced life is a lie. In your effort to attend to all things, everything gets shortchanged and nothing gets its due. No matter how hard you try, there will always be things left undone at the end of your day, week, month, year, and life. Trying to get them all done is folly. Leaving some things undone is a necessary tradeoff for extraordinary results.
To achieve an extraordinary result you must choose what matters most and give it all the time it demands. This requires getting extremely out of balance in relation to all other work issues, with only infrequent counterbalancing to address them.
Chapter 9: Big Is Bad Big is bad is a lie. When big is believed to be bad, small thinking rules the day and big never sees the light of it. No one knows their ultimate ceiling for achievement, so worrying about it is a waste of time. When you allow yourself to accept that big is about who you can become, you look at it differently.
Believing in big frees you to ask different questions, follow different paths, and try new things. The only actions that become springboards to succeeding big are those informed by big thinking to begin with. What you build today will either empower or restrict you tomorrow.
Only living big will let you experience your true life and work potential. When big is believed to be bad, small thinking rules the day and big never sees the light of it. No one knows their ultimate ceiling for achievement, so worrying about it is a waste of time. When you allow yourself to accept that big is about who you can become, you look at it differently. Believing in big frees you to ask different questions, follow different paths, and try new things.
The only actions that become springboards to succeeding big are those informed by big thinking to begin with. What you build today will either empower or restrict you tomorrow. Only living big will let you experience your true life and work potential. And what did all of this get me?
It got me success, and it got me sick. Eventually, it got me sick of success. We overthink, overplan, and over-analyze our careers, our businesses, and our lives; that long hours are neither virtuous nor healthy; and that we usually succeed in spite of most of what we do, not because of it. Success comes down to being appropriate in the moments of your life. Answers come from questions, and the quality of any answer is directly determined by the quality of the question.
Ask the wrong question, get the wrong answer. Ask the right question, get the right answer. Ask the most powerful question possible, and the answer can be life-altering. To learn more about asking quality questions, read this in-depth guide. How we phrase the questions we ask ourselves determines the answers that eventually become our life.
Anyone who dreams of an uncommon life eventually discovers there is no choice but to seek an uncommon approach to living it. What target should I aim for? Extraordinary results are rarely happenstance. They come from the choices we make and the actions we take.
The Focusing Question always aims you at the absolute best of both by forcing you to do what is essential to success—make a decision. To stay on track for the best possible day, month, year, or career, you must keep asking the Focusing Question. The Focusing Question collapses all possible questions into one: The Focusing Question is the foundational habit Keller uses to achieve extraordinary results and lead a big life. Answers come in three categories: If you want the most from your answer, you must realize that it lives outside your comfort zone.
The research and experience of others is the best place to start when looking for your answer. There is a natural rhythm to our lives that becomes a simple formula for implementing the ONE Thing and achieving extraordinary results: Great businesses are built one productive person at a time.
Our purpose sets our priority and our priority determines the productivity our actions produce. Who we are and where we want to go determine what we do and what we accomplish.
How circumstances affect us depends on how we interpret them as they relate to our life. Once we get what we want, our happiness sooner or later wanes because we quickly become accustomed to what we acquire. Martin Seligman, past president of the American Psychological Association, believes there are five factors that contribute to our happiness: To be financially wealthy you must have a purpose for your life.
Happiness happens when you have a bigger purpose than having more fulfills, which is why we say happiness happens on the way to fulfillment. The truth about success is that our ability to achieve extraordinary results in the future lies in stringing together powerful moments, one after the other. The farther away a reward is in the future, the smaller the immediate motivation to achieve it.
People instinctively know what matters most. Start with their answers and go from there. I called together a group of our key executives to brainstorm ways to overcome this challenge.
Day two we narrowed the list to just 10 ideas, and from there we chose one big idea — write a book helping others become elite performers in the business. And, it worked. It was the ONE Thing. Of course, we never said it was only ONE Thing. Success is sequential, not simultaneous. ONE Thing at a time. You want to line things up with the end in mind.
Your ONE Thing is always tied to your destination.