The ONE THING: the truth behind extraordinary results

Do you know what the secret of success?
It is ONE THING.

If everyone has the same number of hours in a day, why do some people seem to get so much more done than others? How do they – 

  • DO MORE
  • ACHIEVE MORE
  • EARN MORE
  • HAVE MORE

The answer is – they go small. When you want the absolute best chance to succeed at anything you want – your approach should always be the same: GO SMALL!

‘Going small’ is ignoring all the things you could do and doing what you should do. It’s recognising that NOT ALL things matter equally and finding the things that matters most. It is realizing that EXTRAordinary results are directly determined by how narrow you can make your focus. 

Ask yourself, what do you really want – to become a successful writer or become a successful blogger? 

The answer is ONE thing. And that’s your starting point! 

Most people believe in multitasking. Their calendars and to-do lists become overloaded and overwhelming. They got lost trying to do too much and in the end accomplish too little. Over time they lower their expectations or abandon their dreams…When you spread yourself out – you end up spread thin and exhausted. 

DO FEWER THINGS!

Proof of THE ONE thing is everywhere. Look closely…and you’ll find it! 

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We each have passions and skills. What is yours? Pick ONE. 
Pat Matthews (one of greatest impressionist painters) said he turned his passion into a skill, by simply painting 1 painting a day.

The doors to the WORLD have been flung wide open, but you don’t know where to begin? – LIVE THE ONE thing. 

I want you to do something now. 
I want you to close your eyes and imagine your life as big as it can possibly be. As big as you have ever dared to dream… 
Can you see it?
Now open your eyes and listen. Whatever you can see – you have the capacity to move forward. Let me share a way you can do this: 

  • write down your current income
  • multiply it by 2, 4, 10, 20 – it doesn’t matter (but pick one number only)
  • write down the new number
  • look at it and ignoring whether you are frightened or excited ask yourself: ‘will my current actions get me there, to this number in the next 3, 5 or 10 years?’ If they will – keep doubling the number until they won’t! 
  • stick to that until you’ll get there 

This thinking you can apply to your spiritual life, physical condition, personal relationships, career achievement, business success. Anything. 

When you lift the limits of your thinking – you expand the limits of your life.
THINK BIG – GO SMALL! 

And make sure every day you do what matters most. When you know what matters most – everything makes sense.
So, my friend…you know what to do now. You are the first domino in your own chain to success! 

Based on the book of Gary Keller and Jay Papasan


Next post – ‘The 50 shades of August Gray’ for FEAR the FEAR Challenge (will be posted on Luke Copyright as a story) 

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25 Comments Leave a comment

  1. I try to gauge my success on where I think I should be. If I compete with others, I will invariably start concentrating on things that have nothing to do with actual success. I start with, “Do I have a place to live? Do I have food?”. Then, it’s “Am I paying my bills?”. And, finally, “Do I have a solid gold car?”…

    • Understand that ✌️😀 the author is trying to say: ask yourself what is THE ONE thing that makes you happy & stick to that ONE THING by doing (literally) just only ONE THING (and not much more..😂). It will bring more success & happiness. Do u agree? 😉✌️🕺

    • great point but I don’t think we can be happy all the time and like I love art but there are some aspects that I feel unhappy about but yes always have this conversation with yourself.

    • Cool 🙂 I can’t say it was the best non-fiction I read…but it very inspirational if you want to achieve results in some kind of business or field

  2. I really like this book when it comes to habit change. The most useful part of this domino effect is that small victories and consistency over time really does add up. I’m not so into the money-making part but in terms of focusing on one specific and measurable goal, this really does seem to help.

  3. Also, it really is more like: one main thing at a time. Not one thing for the rest of your life. Specifically they say it takes ~66 days to form a habit, and then you work from there, forming another one, and another and another. Just don’t take them on all at once and get overwhelmed. 😉

    • thank you for this share, I’m on the way to check it 😀👍👍 I agreed with ONE THING, it’s just so difficult to make a choice between blogging and writing 😂 – at least for me lol maybe I’m more a blogger after all…

  4. Exactly!
    I think that we don’t “dare” think success is possible for us, hence we ignite all the mechanisms for self sabotage (including lack of constant effort and discipline in reaching a goal… not to mention defining the goal in the first place…)

  5. A book that reveals the most in the title. Maybe “Debbie Does Dallas,” is more of a “mindset” or “vibes.” Whatever pop psychology is current.

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