Is your life complicated? Do you have too much on your to do list but too little time? Have you ever wondered how some people get so much done but you keep spinning your wheels? Yep. Me too.
I thought as I got older life would become less complicated. My mind told me the time fairy would conjure up more hours in the day just because I’d matured. You guessed it. The time fairy never appeared and I find myself running faster than ever on the treadmill of life while accomplishing less.
What about you? Has the time fairy appeared in your life? Are you able to squeeze more and more accomplishments into your 24 hours? Let me guess. The answer is “NO!”
What if I told you the secret to getting more done was found in doing less? I know. It doesn’t make sense. But I’m discovering it’s true.
Think of dominoes.
On November 13, 2009 in The Netherlands 4.5 million dominoes were lined up next to each other. You know the drill. Push the first one over and it knocks down the next and the next. In this example, pushing over the first domino generated the same amount of energy necessary to do 545 push ups. Remarkable.
But it gets better. Think of this. What if the second domino in the chain was 50% larger? Studies show the first one would knock it down. What if you increased the third domino by 50% over the second? Same thing. Crash. If you continue this progression of 50% increases for 30 times, your final domino would loom 3,000 feet above Mt. Everest. Imagine the scene: 31 dominoes lined up with each one 50% larger than the previous. The last one towers above the world’s tallest mountain. Now, flick the small domino at the head of line. BANG! KAPOW! WOW!
According to Gary Keller, author of The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results, finding the One Thing will simplify your life and increase productivity. This bestselling book teaches you how to discover your One Thing so you can achieve more with less energy.
Let’s get honest: each of us waste lots of time. I’m guessing watching TV and spending time on Facebook might be two of the biggest time stealers in our culture today. What could you accomplish if you were able to focus on the first domino and topple it; setting off a huge chain reaction?
The trick is to recognize there are key areas in life. Find the One Thing in each area, focus on that, and eliminate the superficial. Your life is about to get better.
At the end of the book the author invites you to visit a website where you can get a free personal workbook to discover your One Thing in each of the key areas of life.
Yes, I’ve read the book. I’m trying to put the principles into action. My optimism is high. My One Thing in each key area is coming into focus.
Are you ready to topple some dominoes? If your answer is “YES” you can check out the book on Amazon by clicking HERE.
Randy, thank you so much for inviting us to join your blog. I read this one today, knowing it was straight from God. Alton and I are both retired, but most days feel like our lives are running way to fast for us to keep up. I have ordered this book, and we are looking forward to reading it together. Have a blessed day.
I think it was a good move to get the book! It’s helping me. Welcome to the blog!
Thank you, Randy, for running this again!
Being a generalist, I’ve always found this to be a difficult concept … let alone actually doing it! There are times where I’ve felt like I’ve wasted my life doing so many things I enjoy doing but never really becoming successful at one. Specializing. I feel like I would be missing out on this thing or that.
And I would never go deep.
Sometimes though, to be honest, I think that I’ve gone not too deep out of fear. Fear of success and/or fear of failure. Doing less of that these days. And saying NO to those things that aren’t necessarily too important … in my own estimation.
NO is a difficult word to use/say. And sometimes the more difficult it is to say … the more it may need to be said to people or activities.
But reading your posts is never one of them! :)
Thank you Randy.
Hi Garry. Thanks for your comments. I confess to being a generalist and someone who lacks focus. To try and find the one or two things in life, which if changed, could improve life is hard. But, wow! When you find it and invest in it, what a difference it makes. I love the video!