Have you asked yourself this question lately? What’s the one thing you want to accomplish in 2019? Most of you are probably shaking your head thinking there’s not just one thing, there’s a TON of things. And a few of you may actually know what the one thing is, the thing above all things, that you want to accomplish this year. As for me, I’m pretty obsessed with my one thing for this year. In this post, I’ll share some of my inspiration for this one thing “approach” and how it can help you stay more focused than ever.
If you’ve read any of my previous posts (like this), you know I’ve mentioned The One Thing a few times. The authors, Greg Keller and Jay Papasan, really hone in on the following question to drive your actions:
- What’s the one thing you can do today/this week/this month/this year that will make everything else easier or unnecessary?
Really, what this means is that there are a lot of important things we need to do. But if we’re really honest with ourselves, there’s ONE THING that stands out above all those other things. This question also helps break down the ONE THING into smaller chunks. So if you know what your one thing goal is for the year, what can you do this month to get you closer to it? This week? And today?
My One Thing
My ONE THING is my “impossible” goal. A goal that I’m not sure I’m going to achieve because I’ve never worked towards anything like it before, but I sure as hell am going to try!
Am I going to share it here on my blog? Here’s the thing. I actually thought about this a lot and even did some Google searches about whether I should share my biggest goals publicly. There’s mixed reviews on this, but there IS research suggesting that writing down your goals and having accountability will make you much more likely to achieve your goals. But you probably knew that already, right?
So, the only person who concretely knows my impossible goal at this point is the husband Sawyer. I don’t feel quite ready to share publicly because I know myself. I’ll start spending too much energy wondering who’s actually supportive of my ONE THING or who’s shaking their head at me. And right now I know where I need to focus my energies.
My thoughts on this might change over time, but just know that I have ONE THING in my mind that I know is a step towards my “someday” goal. My someday goal of having a more flexible career and steady finances so that I can spend more time with the kids and travel again.
Working Towards Your One Thing
I mentioned this in another post but I recently got Michael Hyatt’s Full Focus Planner and have been using it pretty religiously. It’s the most intense planner I’ve ever used in that there is a whole video series on how to use it. It made me kind of laugh at first. Who needs an instructional guide to know how to use a planner?!
Well, I laughed and then decided to view the videos to maximize my use of the planner. And actually, Mr. Hyatt shares so much wisdom about goal-setting and planning. (And yes, you should get the planner. I had already spent more than $80 on two other planners that turned out to be crap. Let me do the dirty work for you.)
One thing I really appreciated was his breakdown of SMARTER goals. Not SMART. SMARTER.
I think everyone and their mother who’s worked in some sort of corporate environment has heard about SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achieveable, Relevant, Time-Bound) goals, right? Bleh.
But Michael Hyatt teaches SMARTER goals as:
I love the “risky” part. We might lose a lot — time or money, for example — by putting effort into a risky goal that we don’t achieve. But even if we don’t achieve it in the timeframe we want, we’ve probably gained a lot from the journey of pursuing the goal.
My one thing for this year is a little risky in that I’m putting in a lot of time. I’ll be doing things I’ve never done before, that for me doesn’t have a clear path from A to B. I have to consciously battle the self-doubt that creeps up here and there, especially when I don’t see success right away. But I’m committed to at least trying and believing hard.
So I know I didn’t give you the full scoop on my one big impossible goal this year, but I encourage you to think about your ONE THING. Yes, you will always have kids to take care of, dinners to cook, groceries to get, but above the din of all the things, there’s gotta be one thing. One thing that your heart really wants to achieve.
When do you want to achieve that one thing? Within the next year? Work backwards. Ask yourself what you can do this month to help you achieve that one thing? At the start of the week, ask yourself what one thing you can do this week to help you do the thing by the end of the month? And at the start of each day, ask yourself what you can do today to help you do the thing by the end of the week?
That’s not always easy to figure out — I know. I experience that struggle, too. But getting into the habit of asking yourself these questions will help you gain more focus and clarity.
And remember, as someone very wise and esteemed once said:
“You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”Martin Luther King Jr.
Just identify the first best step and take it.