What’s Your ONE Thing?
My life is busy. I’m a sales rep and travel frequently throughout the U.S. as I work to develop relationships and win over long term clients for my company. I am a husband, a father, a son, a coach, a friend, a neighbor, and church member. There are a myriad of things tugging at my energy and resources, but what is my ONE thing?
I recently read an impactful book, The One Thing, by Gary Keller. It challenged me to ask an important question. “What’s the one thing I can do, such that by doing it, everything else will be easier or unnecessary?” I don’t know about you, but I start everyday with a full plate of tasks and jobs I hope to complete. I run around and work hard to mark everything off my list only to find myself exhausted by the end of the day.
I attack life with gusto and strive to make each day more impactful than the previous one. My hope is that I become a better person than I was yesterday and that I continue to grow and achieve, but I can get lost in that goal and forget that I may be leaving memories behind in my path. I fear that I am losing those little moments and that someday I will look back on those moments and wish that I appreciated them more.
Asking the focusing question, “What is my ONE thing?” is a personal question that only you can answer. The key is to ask the question and to ask it every single day. It’s been a freeing experience for me since I started the habit of asking myself, “What is the one thing I can do today?”
My answers have been surprisingly simple. I’ve learned that life really isn’t that complicated. My kids don’t need a super hero; they need a dad that is present. My wife doesn’t need Prince Charming; she needs a husband that will listen and take the time to notice her. God doesn’t need me to save the world, He just wants me to pause my busy life and love on someone in need.
Life is not about finding the answers; it’s about asking the right questions, and the most powerful question you can ask, every single day, “What’s the one thing I can do, such that by doing it, everything else will be easier or unnecessary?”
Are you willing? What’s your ONE thing?