The Power of One

Being able to choose and focus on one thing at a time is a superpower. 

I will write about the ability to decide at a future point, but narrowing your options down to one—one goal, one priority, or one whatever—is harder than just making a yes/no decision, but equally important.

I recently got introduced to the concept of choosing a new word each year instead of a New Year's resolution: it's meant to be gentler and more inspiring. (If you're curious, you can read an article about it or sign-up for a free five-day email course to help you discover your word for the year.)

It took me three days to narrow my possible words down to three (build, simplify, and balance), and then a fourth day to realize "optimize" covered the other three and was just what I needed for 2020. Interestingly, having that one word as my mantra for 2020 has already brought me clarity and focus.

This method can be applied to the rest of your life and business too. 

Want to get healthier, sleep more, and exercise more? Choose one to start with. Aim to be in bed by one and focus on doing that every day until it becomes habit; then pick the next thing. 

Want to take your business to the next level by having more customers, revenue, and products? Choose one. Aim to get five more happy customers per month and make sure everyone's efforts are directed at that one goal.

There is no right or wrong "one" thing to focus on: only you can decide what's right for you or your business, but once you do, stick with the one thing until it's done or until you're sure it's unachievable.

Takeaway: To increase your chance of success, whether in life or business, only focus on one goal/priority/task etc at any given time.


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