Perfect book recommendation to start off the year. The One Thing by Gary Keller.

I remember judging the book before I read it, “An entire book telling me to focus on one thing?” The truth is, I am terrible at focusing on one thing. So I read the book and glad I did. It is a few years old, but a principle worth revisiting as you plan your goals for the year.

For me, an aspiring serial entrepreneur, there are thousands of options, strategies, resources, events and distractions that take my focus. The art of staying focused is a discipline, focusing on the right thing is crucial. That is where The One Thing applies.

I love this question from the book,

“What’s the ONE Thing you can do this week such that by doing it everything else would be easier or unnecessary?”

Such a beautiful first question to better delegate, automate and potentially delete all the “things” that steal our focus. This question can speak to an entire business strategy or the 100 emails you need to crunch through today.

This leads to the next principle which is the Domino Effect. “Every great change starts like falling dominoes.” B J Thornton. What is the ONE Thing that if completed will lead to something great! This brings clarity to this statement from the book, “There can only be one MOST important thing. Many things may be important, but only one can be the most important.”

I love this guy

So what is the MOST important thing that by doing will make all the other things easier or unnecessary? The book goes on to explain what gets in the way of this simple truth. If you struggle with competing priorities, read the book. This time next year, you will be glad you started pushing little dominoes today:).

The Details

Book: The One Thing
Author: Gary Keller
Published: 2013
Site: www.the1thing.com
Follow on Twitter: twitter.com/the1thingbook

Some of my favorite quotes from the book:

“We are kept from our goal, not by obstacles but by a clear path to a lesser goal.” —Robert Brault #TheONEThing @the1thingbook #focus

Success is built sequentially. It’s one thing at a time. – Gary Keller #TheONEThing @the1thingbook #focus

You need to be doing fewer things for more effect instead of doing more things with side effects. – Gary Keller #TheONEThing @the1thingbook #focus

More than anything else, expertise tracks with hours invested. – Gary Keller #TheONEThing @the1thingbook #focus

The pursuit of mastery bears gifts. – Gary Keller #TheONEThing @the1thingbook #focus

Multitasking is a lie. – Gary Keller #TheONEThing @the1thingbook #focus

A different result requires doing something different. – Gary Keller #TheONEThing @the1thingbook #focus

Success is actually a short race—a sprint fueled by discipline just long enough for habit to kick in and take over. – Gary Keller #TheONEThing @the1thingbook #focus

Even if you’re sure you can win, be careful that you can live with what you lose. – Gary Keller #TheONEThing @the1thingbook #focus

People who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the only ones who do. – Gary Keller #TheONEThing @the1thingbook #focus

Extraordinary results are directly determined by how narrow you can make your focus. – Gary Keller #TheONEThing @the1thingbook #focus

Find the lead domino, and whack away at it until it falls. – Gary Keller #TheONEThing @the1thingbook #focus

The trick to success is to choose the right habit and bring just enough discipline to establish it. – Gary Keller #TheONEThing @the1thingbook #focus

Until my ONE thing is done, everything else is a distraction. – Gary Keller #TheONEThing @the1thingbook #focus

If you chase two rabbits you will not catch either one. -Russian Proverb #TheONEThing @the1thingbook #focus