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May 25, 2020

Are your goals still achievable? Do they still matter?

With all that’s going on in the world, people are really struggling with having a relationship with their goals — because the world has changed. As committed practice leaders of The ONE Thing, how do we get clarity on what our goals are moving forward, and how do we have a relationship with them so that, every single week, we know we are knocking the dominos down that put us on track for living the life we want?

You have questions as you go on your journey to living The ONE Thing, so we’re sitting down with one of the co-authors, Jay Papasan, to answer those questions.

Many of our answers today stem from the model we teach in our Goal-Setting Retreat. With all the changes that are happening now, we’ve found a way to make this available virtually for  couples, individuals, and teams. You can learn more by going to the1thing.com/setmygoals.

 

In this episode, you will learn...

  • [01:58] How to justify time off when things are so uncertain
  • [07:02] Bringing your team together while working remotely
  • [14:14] Reevaluating your near-term GPS
  • [21:51] How to look at college moving forward
  • [25:40] Getting through insecurities about money

 

Links & Tools From This Episode

 

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Do you run a small business?

Small business owners wear a lot of hats. Some of those hats feel incredible to wear. However, filing taxes and running payroll... well, for most of us, they don’t feel great and they’re not our ONE thing. That’s where Gusto comes in to help you make payroll, taxes, and HR easy. So ask yourself, it time to take off some of your hats?

You can get three FREE months when you run your first payroll at Gusto.com/ONE.

 

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Does your calendar feel out of control?

Time is the most valuable asset we have, but the tools we have to manage that time are broken. Woven was created to build into your calendar all the things you need: syncing, scheduling, analytics — all in one place, so you can own your schedule and make time for what matters most.

Try Woven today for FREE at Woven.com/podcast/ONE.

May 20, 2020

Welcome to 2020 2.0: The new version of your year you weren’t expecting.

So many people out there are throwing in the towel on this year and calling it a wash. We know you’re different — or at least, you want to be — that you ignore the setbacks and keep going in the face of uncertainty. When your goals for the year were canceled by a global pandemic you likely asked the question, “What's the ONE Thing I can do that will make everything else easier or unnecessary?”

We’ve been asking the same question every day with you in mind: What is The ONE Thing we can do for our community? The answer is surprisingly simple — The world doesn’t need a new way to set goals, they need to find a way to have a relationship with them. The vast majority of people need to be able to follow a process that will help them evaluate the goals they set this year, discard the ones that are no longer relevant, and recommit to the ones that matter most. The best way we can help you do that is by granting you access to our The Goal Setting Master Course.

 

You can learn more about our proven models for setting and having a relationship with your goals by visiting the1thing.com/setmygoals. We believe this is the highest way we can serve you.

 

In this episode, you will learn...

  • [01:57] How to create a relationship with your goals
  • [06:05] Making our processes available virtually
  • [07:55] Distinct virtual retreat experiences

 

Links & Tools From This Episode

May 18, 2020

If you could only choose one of the needs of your business to meet, which would you choose?

Humans have a hierarchy of needs. It starts with psychological needs like water, food, and air. We have a need for safety — personal security, access to resources. We have a need for belonging, love, esteem, and at the very top, self-actualization. And just like humans have a hierarchy of needs, so too do our businesses. As humans, we’re instinctually wired to go for these things, and in the right order, but our businesses are not.

Mike Michalowicz, author of the best-selling book ""Profit First" and the upcoming book “Fix This Next,” talks about how you can adapt your business to focus on the things that matter most, and in the order that makes the most sense.

 

To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: the1thing.com/podcast.

 

In this episode, you will learn...

  • [04:35] What inspired Mike to write “Fix This Next”
  • [08:54] The 5 levels of business needs
  • [12:58] The recession response pattern
  • [22:31] The mindset that you need to adopt
  • [32:29] Our obligation to sell in this market
  • [36:05] How to figure out what to fix next
  • [37:48] Focusing on profit first
  • [42:43] How to implement the “Fix This Next” model effectively
  • [50:48] The 10-10-10 Method
  • [58:42] Block control

 

Links & Tools From This Episode

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Do you keep writing the same thing over and over in your emails?

We’re constantly sending the same email addresses, phone numbers, and replies to our coworkers and clients — and over time, the busy work really starts to add up. That’s where TextExpander comes in. Whether you’re writing on your computer or on your phone, in an email, or in an instant messaging app, TextExpander is always there to save you time.

You can get 20% off your first year by visiting textexpander.com/podcast.

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Have you ever sent an email and, as soon as you hit send, realize you had typos all over it?

It’s happened to all of us, and if you’re a small business owner, you’re your own copyeditor. That’s where Grammarly comes in. It’s a digital writing tool that you can always rely on to get your message across clearly and effectively. There’s more to writing well than just catching spelling mistakes. Grammarly can help you write confidently no matter where you are.

You can get 20% off Grammarly Premium when you sign up at grammarly.com/onething.

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Do you run a small business?

Small business owners wear a lot of hats. Some of those hats feel incredible to wear. However, filing taxes and running payroll... well, for most of us, they don’t feel great and they’re not our ONE thing. That’s where Gusto comes in to help you make payroll, taxes, and HR easy. So ask yourself, it time to take off some of your hats?

You can get three FREE months when you run your first payroll at Gusto.com/ONE.

May 11, 2020

When you’re looking to achieve something extraordinary, you have to unlock the potential that lies within you.

So many of us struggle with this. We think we are doing the best that we can do — but, really, most of us don’t know how much we’re capable of because we have never pushed ourselves past the point of discomfort. So, how do we find models and systems that allow us to shatter our ceiling of achievement?

Mark Divine is a former Navy SEAL commander, the New York Times best-selling author of The Way of the SEAL and Staring Down the Wolf, and the founder of Unbeatable Mind and SEAL Fit. When he recognized he was going down the wrong path in life, he began to ask better questions and examine the underlying story that had led him there. Through the process of investigation and meditation, he found what he believes he was meant to do.

To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: the1thing.com/podcast.

In this episode, you will learn...

  • [00:57] Why somebody would make the decision to become a Navy SEAL
  • [07:01] Developing the habit of meditation
  • [11:47] Starting with box breathing
  • [16:56] What it means to stare down the wolf
  • [25:23] Feeding the right wolf
  • [33:37] Getting clear about what you should and should not be doing
  • [40:15] Habituating excellence

Links & Tools From This Episode

 

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Do you run a small business?

Small business owners wear a lot of hats. Some of those hats feel incredible to wear. However, filing taxes and running payroll... well, for most of us, they don’t feel great and they’re not our ONE thing. That’s where Gusto comes in to help you make payroll, taxes, and HR easy. So ask yourself, it time to take off some of your hats?

You can get three FREE months when you run your first payroll at Gusto.com/ONE.

May 4, 2020

It should be obvious by now: This is not business as usual. This is business like we’ve never seen it before.

As leaders, we’re required to lead our teams, our brands, and our organizations like we’ve never led them before. Managing a crisis is about more than just staying afloat for the next few months — it’s about looking far enough ahead to point your people in a direction while also remaining agile enough to respond to challenges as they come.

So, in this episode, we are sharing the strategies we use to help organizations — not only to ensure there’s a vision for the future but to make sure there is extreme clarity and alignment on what the priorities are right now. Whether you are a leader, an individual contributor, or an entrepreneur, this information still applies to you. Every single one of us needs a vision for where we’re going, clarity on what our priorities are, and the ability to manage our time so that we can get things done.

If you need help with this, head over to the1thing.com/training. If you’re an individual, we recommend the Goal-Setting Master Course. If you are a leader inside an organization and would like to have this rolled out for you, head over to the corporate section to find out more about our virtual training.

 

In this episode, you will learn...

  • [02:15] How managing this crisis is a blessing in disguise
  • [06:38] How uncertain times uncover vulnerabilities
  • [12:12] Getting on the same page as a team
  • [20:18] Letting go of old business plans and goals
  • [28:04] The importance of supporting your teams
  • [31:11] Getting clear on your goals

 

Links & Tools From This Episode

 

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Do you need a surprise to give one of the men in your life?

Geoff’s wife had been encouraging him to upgrade his wardrobe for months now, and he did it at MacWeldon.com. The shopping experience was super easy, he got clothes that work for both working out and work, and he found a pair of the comfiest lounge pants he’s ever tried on. It’s a super simple shopping experience, but the quality is something you just have to experience yourself.

You can support the show and get 20% off your first order by using the code ONE at MacWeldon.com.

Apr 27, 2020

With everything that’s going on in the world, every single one of us is dealing with ONE Thing: fear. Fear of the unknown, fear of what’s going to happen to our businesses, our income, our jobs. How do you actually deal with that fear?

We all face fear, but it doesn’t have to be a bad thing — on the other side of fear is opportunity.

Patrick Sweeney goes by the title of Fear Guru, and not only is he a subject matter expert when it comes to fear, but he has also been a tremendously successful entrepreneur. He is the author of the best-selling book Fear Is Fuel, and he’s going to show you how to move through your fear and seize the opportunity that awaits you on the other side.

 

To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: the1thing.com/podcast.

 

In this episode, you will learn...

  • [01:41] Patrick’s background that led to his book
  • [09:11] The role of fear in our life
  • [14:24] The fears we have an opportunity to work through
  • [19:45] The process of working through your fear
  • [27:20] Noticing and naming your fear
  • [32:31] Taking one step at a time
  • [43:08] The ONE Thing you can do to turn your fear into fuel

 

Links & Tools From This Episode

 

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Do you run a small business?

Small business owners wear a lot of hats. Some of those hats feel incredible to wear. However, filing taxes and running payroll... well, for most of us, they don’t feel great and they’re not our ONE thing. That’s where Gusto comes in to help you make payroll, taxes, and HR easy. So ask yourself, it time to take off some of your hats?

You can get three FREE months when you run your first payroll at Gusto.com/ONE.

Apr 20, 2020

How are you adapting in these unprecedented times?

The path of living The ONE Thing is relatively simple: you identify Your ONE Thing, you time block Your ONE Thing, and you protect your time block. That is a path of mastery that you go down over the course of your life. But we’ve been dealt a new hand now and circumstances have changed. We have to pivot and make sure that we can still be productive in the areas of our life that matter most.

Ask yourself: what is The ONE Thing you can do, such that by doing it, everything else will be easier or unnecessary? Even in difficult times, the question and the process are still the same. Look at your life today and find out what you can be doing to knock over that lead domino. And don’t forget to give yourself some grace. We’re all facing this together.

To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: the1thing.com/podcast.

 

In this episode, you will learn...

  • [03:44] Shifting your mindset to acknowledge the reality today
  • [16:41] Determining what your new ONE Thing will be
  • [32:49] How to make your calendar reflect your priorities
  • [43:54] What protecting our time blocks looks like today

 

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Do you keep writing the same thing over and over in your emails?

We’re constantly sending the same email addresses, phone numbers, and replies to our coworkers and clients — and over time, the busy work really starts to add up. That’s where TextExpander comes in. Whether you’re writing on your computer or on your phone, in an email or in an instant messaging app, TextExpander is always there to save you time.

You can get 20% off your first year by visiting textexpander.com/podcast.

 

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Do you run a small business?

Small business owners wear a lot of hats. Some of those hats feel incredible to wear. However, filing taxes and running payroll... well, for most of us, they don’t feel great and they’re not our ONE thing. That’s where Gusto comes in to help you make payroll, taxes, and HR easy. So ask yourself, it time to take off some of your hats?

You can get three FREE months when you run your first payroll at Gusto.com/ONE.

 

Apr 15, 2020

With everything that’s happening right now with COVID-19, we know that you have questions.

So, we’re going to experiment with a new format in which Jay Papasan answers questions from the community. This has been on the back of our 411 for a while and this is a great opportunity to try it out.

If you would like some additional support, visit the1thing.com/training. There is a goal-setting master course that can help you set new goals for this new world.

 

In this episode, you will learn...

  • [02:40] How to stay positive and productive under uncertainty
  • [09:14] How to reset your priorities
  • [18:49] How to avoid wasting time and moving backward
  • [23:11] Finding the right pivot you need to take
  • [28:26] Finding a fresh perspective
  • [32:34] How to tackle having kids at home all day

 

Links & Tools From This Episode

Apr 13, 2020

The path to getting everything you want starts with getting one thing at a time.

But there are so many things that we want in our lives, and when we view all the things that we need to do, it can be overwhelming. However, when we start living The ONE Thing, we learn to view that overwhelming list of things to do as dominos, line them up, and knock the first one over. The secret to living The ONE Thing is to think big, go small, and trust that the dominos will fall.

Matt Plumer has an amazing story that will show you how simple it can be. At one point in his life, he found himself weighing 300 pounds with a drinking problem, a gambling problem, a smoking problem, and a marriage was on the brink of collapse. Today, he has lost over 100 pounds, gotten ahold of his addictions, paid off $500,000 worth of debt, and reinvigorated his relationship. And in this episode, we’re going to walk through how making so much change started with just ONE simple thing.

We are launching a new 66-day community challenge. While the vast majority of people who have gone on a 66-day challenge have failed, 78% of the people who participated in our last community challenge succeeded. The difference between failure and success, for many of us, is a community to offer support along the way. If you’d like to join us on a 66-day challenge, you can visit the1thing.com/habits.

 

In this episode, you will learn...

  • [03:19] What led to hitting that rock-bottom moment
  • [05:56] Finding your lead domino
  • [11:30] Aligning with your partner
  • [18:31] How The ONE Thing can help you on your journey
  • [21:38] How setting goals to the now works
  • [24:51] Setting keystone habits

 

Links & Tools From This Episode

 

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Do you keep writing the same thing over and over in your emails?

We’re constantly sending the same email addresses, phone numbers, and replies to our coworkers and clients — and over time, the busy work really starts to add up. That’s where TextExpander comes in. Whether you’re writing on your computer or on your phone, in an email or in an instant messaging app, TextExpander is always there to save you time.

You can get 20% off your first year by visiting textexpander.com/podcast.

 

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Do you run a small business?

Small business owners wear a lot of hats. Some of those hats feel incredible to wear. However, filing taxes and running payroll... well, for most of us, they don’t feel great and they’re not our ONE thing. That’s where Gusto comes in to help you make payroll, taxes, and HR easy. So ask yourself, it time to take off some of your hats?

You can get three FREE months when you run your first payroll at Gusto.com/ONE.

Apr 6, 2020

Why did you get into business in the first place?

Most of us start businesses or aspire to start businesses because we want financial freedom and flexibility. And yet, the stats show that the majority of small business owners don’t have those things. That’s because there is ONE Thing that they don’t do — but if they started doing this ONE thing immediately, it would guarantee profitability for the rest of their life.

Mike Michalowicz, the best-selling author of Profit First and the upcoming book Fix This Next, is going to walk you through a very simple plan. Pay attention to the lead domino because it is so small it is going to feel like cheating, but when you knock it over you’ll be well on your way to living a life of profitability.

 

At the end of April, we will be holding a live webinar featuring Mike where we talk about his new book, Fix This Next. The main thesis behind the book is that most business owners don’t know what their biggest challenge actually is and it provides a compass to pinpoint what your business needs to work on. If you would like to join in, visit the1thing.com/monthlywebinar for the opportunity to participate and ask questions.

 

In this episode, you will learn...

  • [01:05] Where the idea of Profit First came from
  • [07:39] How to approach this if you aren’t profitable yet
  • [21:05] The difference between profit for distribution and owners compensation
  • [34:41] What you need to do to get started with Profit First
  • [37:02] Finding out what to fix next

 

Links & Tools From This Episode

 

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Do you run a small business?

Small business owners wear a lot of hats. Some of those hats feel incredible to wear. However, filing taxes and running payroll... well, for most of us, they don’t feel great and they’re not our ONE thing. That’s where Gusto comes in to help you make payroll, taxes, and HR easy. So ask yourself, it time to take off some of your hats?

You can get three FREE months when you run your first payroll at Gusto.com/ONE.

Apr 3, 2020

Time is running out. It's time to make a decision on the habit you will form that will help you make it through this challenging time and come out the other side even stronger.

Join us at the1thing.com/habits.

Apr 1, 2020

We know our lives have been disrupted by COVID-19. The goals we set and the way we worked has completely shifted. 

What you may not realize is that you are forming habits right now... the question is, are they being formed by design or by default?

In this episode we give you a simple way to choose ONE habit you can form to make it through this pandemic and come out the other side stronger.

If you'd like to join us on our next 66-Day Challenge® for FREE over the next 66 days, visit www.the1thing.com/habits. Members of this community are 75% more likely to succeed than those who try on their own. Check out why!

 

Mar 30, 2020

If you knew what Your ONE Thing was, wouldn’t it make sense to make it a habit?

Forming habits is more than just behavior change — It’s about getting clarity on the activities required to become the person you are striving to be. It’s about the daily choices that define your future self. It’s about leaning into habits as a system for small, daily improvements that, with time, add up to extraordinary results.

Today, we’re going to hear from someone who knows a thing or two about habit formation. He’s lived it firsthand while also digging into research that is the foundation of the 66-day challenge. We talk about the reasoning behind the 66 days, how changing one habit can lead to a halo effect, and how you can find Your ONE Thing that, by doing it, makes everything else easier or irrelevant.

We don’t need to overthink this. Sometimes we get paralyzed by trying to choose the right one thing and all we actually need to do is point ourselves in the direction of our goals and take the first small step. For you, that might be to join our community and jump in during this time where we are forming new habits together and gain the accountability and sense of belonging that you need to get through this next season. Visit the1thing.com/habits to get your 66-day trial and form a power habit with us.

 

In this episode, you will learn...

  • [06:23] When behaviors become a habit
  • [10:26] Making your habits really important to you
  • [14:37] How to find your lead domino
  • [26:45] Finding the small activities you need to change
  • [35:31] What the halo effect is and how it compounds change
  • [39:54] Reverse engineering a results-driven goal
  • [44:18] Taking care of yourself before you take care of others
  • [47:24] Knowing when to pivot and change your habits

 

Links & Tools From This Episode

Mar 23, 2020

How can we build an even stronger sense of community around The ONE Thing? With everything that is going on in the world with the coronavirus, many of the things that we thought were clear now seem a little fuzzy and our priorities may be shifting.

We are just like you. We are dealing with what you are right now. Our office is shut down, and when we look at our business, the direction we were going, and the things that were priorities, we are legitimately questioning what’s important.

This episode is all about what you can do when you don’t know what to do. And one thing that we can do right now is to recognize that we are in this together. Every one of us has been derailed, and our priorities have completely changed. How do we begin to take back control of our time so we can have clarity about how we want to invest it? That’s what we’re going to walk you through.

 

We are kicking off another 66-day challenge on March 30th, and we need this now more than ever. If you want to participate, visit the1thing.com/habits.

 

In this episode, you will learn...

  • [05:37] The counterbalance of stress and excitement
  • [08:03] Identifying what opportunity is in front of us
  • [13:46] Going back to the basics
  • [16:31] Creating a new rhythm for Your ONE Thing
  • [20:54] How to make your time blocks less rigid
  • [29:12] How to do the 66-day challenge during this challenging time

 

Links & Tools From This Episode

 

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Do you keep writing the same thing over and over in your emails?

We’re constantly sending the same email addresses, phone numbers, and replies to our coworkers and clients — and over time, the busy work really starts to add up. That’s where TextExpander comes in. Whether you’re writing on your computer or on your phone, in an email or in an instant messaging app, TextExpander is always there to save you time.

You can get 20% off your first year by visiting textexpander.com/podcast.

 

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Hiring is challenging — but you don’t have to do it all by yourself!

If you’ve ever had to hire a new person, you know how difficult and time-consuming hiring can be — and you know this is a perfect task to delegate so that you can spend more time focusing on Your ONE Thing. ZipRecruiter will go out and find the candidates for you, and 4/5 businesses find a quality candidate within the first day.

You can try ZipRecruiter for free by going to ZipRecruiter.com/ONEthing.

Mar 22, 2020

While much of our normal rhythms have been disrupted, we plan to release additional episodes to help you gain a sense of clarity, control, and community.

Gary Keller recently posted a message on his Facebook Page and we thought it was worth sharing with you here. 

The purpose of this episode is to help you have a bigger view of time and ask empowering questions.

While we are locked down in our homes, we hope you will ask the focusing question... "What's the ONE Thing I can do, such that by doing it, everything else will be easier or unnecessary?"

If you're like us, it may likely be going on a 66-Day Challenge® to form a habit that will determine your future. If you'd like to join us on a 66-Day Challenge® check out www.the1thing.com/habits and discover why 78% of the people in this community successfully complete their challenge where most people who do it by themselves fail. 

Mar 16, 2020

I want you to imagine an iceberg. If you’re like most people, you probably imagine this big piece of ice coming out of the sea, but that’s just the tip. What we know is that the tip is just the minority or the iceberg — the majority lies beneath the surface.

What most people focus on in their life is productivity: The actions they take and the results that they get. And when we’re not getting the results that we desire, we tend to ask ourselves, “How do I change my activities?” But we can’t truly be productive if we don’t understand what our priorities are, so this leads to a vicious cycle of unproductivity and frustration.

Today, we share the incredible story of how one mom got clear on her purpose and started to line up what she did with why she did it. Tricia Brouwers is an executive with a mortgage company and a practice leader of The ONE Thing. She is also the mother of a very impressive young man who is living with autism. You are going to hear about their journey of going from a world of life that was so complex and pruning the unnecessary things back so that they could focus on what truly matters most.

 

In less than 2 weeks, we will be kicking off a brand-new 66-day challenge inside of our Living Your ONE Thing community. Having an environment that supports your goal is incredibly important. The environment can be your physical space and it can also be the people who surround. Having people who think a certain way — and push you in a certain way — is absolutely vital to shattering your ceiling of achievement and achieving extraordinary results. Go to the1thing.com/habits to learn more.

 

In this episode, you will learn...

  • [08:14] Focusing on why you do what you do & finding your purpose
  • [13:36] How The ONE Thing can help you simplify your life
  • [18:59] Creating a system of habits
  • [25:11] How our thoughts become our beliefs and our actions
  • [31:09] How to reshape the way you think
  • [38:10] The ONE Thing you can do to change thoughts that aren’t serving you
  • [40:43] What it’s like to become a practice leader

 

Links & Tools From This Episode

Mar 9, 2020

Have you ever found yourself wondering how you can get others to start living The ONE Thing? Whether it would be possible for your company to start reflecting this in their culture?

So many people have reached out and say that they love The ONE Thing, but that they could never get their boss on board, that their company would never get behind it.

Your company’s culture starts with you and our guest today is an example of that. Ed Nottingham is inside human resources at a Fortune 100, he has zero direct reports, and he loved the ideas of The ONE Thing and wanted to start living it as an individual. He never thought this would work inside his company, but it’s become a major initiative there. We’re going to walk through the steps of what this looked like so that you — as an individual — can begin to empower others to live The ONE Thing.

 

In this episode, we continuously point to two models we use: The GPS and the 411. If you would like to get a copy of those, visit the1thing.com/resources to download the templates or visit the1thing.com/training to learn how to start using them.

 

In this episode, you will learn...

  • [05:58] The doubts about the content in the book
  • [07:26] Becoming a practice leader of The ONE Thing
  • [09:57] Focusing on Your ONE Thing before checking anyone else’s priorities
  • [15:35] Focusing on what you can control
  • [20:07] Driving change bottom-up and top-down
  • [26:45] Creating clarity on what The ONE Thing in your business is
  • [36:06] The model of how to drive change within a company 

 

Links & Tools From This Episode

 

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Want support on scaling this in your business?

Whether you want us to come in and do a workshop, you want information on virtual training, or you want to start certifying people within your own organization, we would love to work with your company, big or small!

Head over to the1thing.com/training and look for our coaching & corporate section.

Mar 2, 2020

How is it that, when we all have the same amount of time, some of us achieve extraordinary things while others are simply ordinary?

Everybody knows how to set goals, but what we need to figure out is how to have a relationship with them. How do you stay in touch with the things that you said are important? It’s tough to do, but there’s a simple practice that will help you stay in contact with the things that are important.

We’ve previously talked about how to stop spending your time and start investing it. This happens when you create a model for your time, and the best model you can create for your time is time blocking. It’s so simple most people ignore it, but simplicity is how we get things done.

If you would like to use The ONE Thing Planner to create a time model, we still have some available at the1thing.com/amazon.

 

In this episode, you will learn...

  • [08:35] How to get clear on your lead domino every day
  • [13:33] Getting clear about where you are going and why it’s important
  • [20:00] Blocking your vacations for the year
  • [30:03] How a physical planner breaks us free of treating everything equally 
  • [33:49] Placing your big boulders in the planner 
  • [47:17] Putting value on your time 
  • [49:28] Building a bunker

 

Links & Tools From This Episode

 

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Hiring is challenging — but you don’t have to do it all by yourself!

If you’ve ever had to hire a new person, you know how difficult and time-consuming hiring can be — and you know this is a perfect task to delegate so that you can spend more time focusing on Your ONE Thing. ZipRecruiter will go out and find the candidates for you, and 4/5 businesses find a quality candidate within the first day.

You can try ZipRecruiter for free by going to ZipRecruiter.com/ONEthing.

Feb 24, 2020

Have you ever felt just... overwhelmed? Like there was just so much on your plate that you genuinely couldn’t see how you could get it all done?

It’s in these moments when our systems — our models — have failed. At any time we are hitting the ceiling of our achievement, we are missing something. We’re either missing a person in the form of a mentor, coach, or new hire, or we’re missing a model or system.

Most people, without realizing it, spend their time instead of investing it. They don’t have an expectation for a return on investment from what’s on their calendar or planner. But there is a better way, a better model you can use to get more done and avoid overwhelm. So, in this episode, we’re going to teach you how to create a relationship with your goals that invests your time, allowing you to more easily achieve extraordinary results.

 

To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: the1thing.com/podcast.

 

In this episode, you will learn...

  • [05:58] Moving from E to P
  • [10:18] 3 things we suggest for time blocking
  • [17:12] Creating a model for your time

 

Links & Tools From This Episode

 

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Do you keep writing the same thing over and over in your emails?

We’re constantly sending the same email addresses, phone numbers, and replies to our coworkers and clients — and over time, the busy work really starts to add up. That’s where TextExpander comes in. Whether you’re writing on your computer or on your phone, in an email or in an instant messaging app, TextExpander is always there to save you time.

You can get 20% off your first year by visiting textexpander.com/podcast.

Feb 17, 2020

Getting tired of putting in hours of work without seeing the results you want?

We all feel overwhelmed sometimes. Work, hobbies, side projects, family life — it’s hard to keep it all balanced, and we don’t want to have to give things up, either. If you want to live a big life, you have to start honing in on the ONE thing you need to get done to achieve your goals.

P.J. Mellana is a practice leader. He has embarked on a journey of living the ONE thing himself, has chosen to hold himself accountable to those principles, and has turned around and empowered other people to live it — not just in his organization, but with his kids. In this episode, P.J. shares how he started living The ONE Thing, how he lived the tools, and how he went on a 66-day challenge to form a power habit, not just for himself but for his 3 kids as well.

 

To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: the1thing.com/podcast.

 

In this episode, you will learn...

  • [03:26] What makes it the right time to start living the ONE thing
  • [07:55] Leaning on the ONE thing community for help and accountability
  • [11:07] How the 411 impacts focus
  • [16:53] Using the planner to prioritize your goals
  • [24:52] Coming up with a model for your time
  • [28:39] Bringing kids along on the 66-day challenge
  • [33:23] What somebody beginning the 66-day challenge needs to know

 

Links & Tools From This Episode

 

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Will you help us create our next event?

We’re working on a new mid-year event concept and we want to customize it to you: What topics do you need to learn more about? What are you passionate about? Do you know anyone who is living The ONE Thing with purpose?

Please share your ideas with us at the1thing.com/summit!

 

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Hiring is challenging — but you don’t have to do it all by yourself!

If you’ve ever had to hire a new person, you know how difficult and time-consuming hiring can be — and you know this is a perfect task to delegate so that you can spend more time focusing on Your ONE Thing. ZipRecruiter will go out and find the candidates for you, and 4/5 businesses find a quality candidate within the first day.

You can try ZipRecruiter for free by going to ZipRecruiter.com/ONEthing.

 

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Do you run a small business?

Small business owners wear a lot of hats. Some of those hats feel incredible to wear. However, filing taxes and running payroll... well, for most of us, they don’t feel great and they’re not our ONE thing. That’s where Gusto comes in to help you make payroll, taxes, and HR easy. So ask yourself, it time to take off some of your hats?

You can get three FREE months when you run your first payroll at Gusto.com/ONE.

Feb 10, 2020

Do you wish there was someone in your world willing to hold you accountable? 

Most of us want someone in our life who has a vision of what’s possible for us and is willing to take a stand for our greatness, even when we’re fighting for our limitations. 

Tim Beverlin found that person – and he found it in the form of a five-year-old girl. In this episode, Tim shares his own 66-day journey so you can see what it looks like to leverage accountability and form that first power habit – and how weaving purpose into all of this can take your results to an even higher level.

 

To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: the1thing.com/podcast.

 

In this episode, you will learn...

  • [02:00] What it’s like on day 66 of a 66-day challenge.
  • [04:00] How your children can support you and keep you more accountable (and how you can help them live The ONE Thing).
  • [13:35] How enlisting support from your children can bring a sense of purpose to a 66-day challenge.
  • [18:20] What you can do to bring a counterbalance to the seven most important areas of your life.
  • [23:00] How you can decide what your next power habit should be.

 

Links & Tools From This Episode

 

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Will you help us create our next event?

We’re working on a new mid-year event concept and we want to customize it to you: What topics do you need to learn more about? What are you passionate about? Do you know anyone who is living The ONE Thing with purpose?

Please share your ideas with us at the1thing.com/summit!

 

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Do you run a small business?

Small business owners wear a lot of hats. Some of those hats feel incredible to wear. However, filing taxes and running payroll... well, for most of us, they don’t feel great and they’re not our ONE thing. That’s where Gusto comes in to help you make payroll, taxes, and HR easy. So ask yourself, it time to take off some of your hats?

 

You can get three FREE months when you run your first payroll at Gusto.com/ONE.

Feb 3, 2020

Are you the goal setter in your relationship?

Over the past few years, we’ve noticed a common challenge at our Couples Goal Setting Retreats: in most relationships, one person is a goal setter and the other is not, one person is open to trying anything and the other is a skeptic.

There’s nothing wrong with healthy skepticism, but it’s also important to examine how your natural state can influence your ability — and your partner’s ability — to grow. So, with this natural divide in almost every relationship, how can a couple grow together? Dave Hollis, author of the upcoming Get Out of Your Own Way: A Skeptic's Guide to Growth and Fulfillment and co-host of RISE Together, shares what happened when his partner (past guest Rachel Hollis) started her personal growth journey. While she gained personal momentum, he felt unfulfilled and overcome with fear — and until he confronted the fact that who he was getting further and further away from who he wanted to be, he was stuck. Listen to learn how Dave got out of his own way, and how you can too.

 

To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: the1thing.com/podcast.

 

We recorded this conversation as part of our monthly ONE Thing webinar series. Every month, we feature an incredible author so that you can learn directly from them and ask questions. If you want to watch the second half of this interview or sign up for our next FREE monthly webinar, head over to the1thing.com/webinars.

 

In this episode, you will learn...

  • [07:30] The first step towards getting out of your own way
  • [16:30] Why you have to role model success, not force someone to change
  • [18:15] How to use your fear as leverage
  • [27:00] Does it matter if you’re succeeding or failing?
  • [33:00] How you can your partner can support each other by alternating roles
  • [39:15] Why you should stop avoiding that conversation
  • [50:00] Who you can look to for inspiration and mentorship
  • [55:00] What ‘frontloading’ is and how you can leverage it in your life

 

Links & Tools From This Episode

 

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Will you help us create our next event?

We’re working on a new mid-year event concept and we want to customize it to you: What topics do you need to learn more about? What are you passionate about? Do you know anyone who is living The ONE Thing with purpose?

Please share your ideas with us at the1thing.com/summit!

 

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Do you run a small business?

Small business owners wear a lot of hats. Some of those hats feel incredible to wear. However, filing taxes and running payroll... well, for most of us, they don’t feel great and they’re not our ONE thing. That’s where Gusto comes in to help you make payroll, taxes, and HR easy. So ask yourself, it time to take off some of your hats?

You can get three FREE months when you run your first payroll at Gusto.com/ONE.

Jan 27, 2020

Who is winning in the fight for your attention?

Our attention is incredibly valuable — but the smartest designers in the world are creating applications and technology focused on ONE thing: getting your attention for as long as possible. It’s easy to give our attention to the shiny packaging and notifications that are right in front of us... but what becomes possible when we own our attention?

Anthony Ongaro got tired of all the distractions, so he developed a new approach called Break The Twitch, which helps people regain focus and act purposefully in the moment. You can’t form a new habit if you can’t give it attention for weeks on end, so the advice you’ll hear in this episode is critical for anyone who wants to live The ONE Thing.

 

To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: the1thing.com/podcast.

 

In this episode, you will learn...

  • [3:40] When addiction is the new marketing, what can we do?
  • [8:05] What is “The Twitch?”
  • [12:45] How you can break the email twitch
  • [18:00] How to break The Twitch sequentially, not simultaneously
  • [20:50] How you can become more purposeful about habit formation
  • [26:00] Creating a powerful fitness habit
  • [28:00] ONE thing that will make getting into a flow state easier or unnecessary

 

Links & Tools From This Episode

 

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Will you help us create our next event?

We’re working on a new mid-year event concept and we want to customize it to you: What topics do you need to learn more about? What are you passionate about? Do you know anyone who is living The ONE Thing with purpose?

 

Please share your ideas with us at the1thing.com/summit!

 

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When you started your business, did you dream of drafting proposals, contracts, and tracking down payments?

If not, you need Honeybook, an online business management tool that organizes your client communications, bookings, contracts, and invoices all in one place. It makes it simple to run your business better, and it can even consolidate services you already use like Quickbook, Google Suite, Excel, MailChimp, and Gmail.

Do more of what you love and get 50% off by going to Honeybook.com/ONE. Payment is flexible and the promotion applies whether you pay monthly or annually.

 

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Hiring is challenging — but you don’t have to do it all by yourself!

If you’ve ever had to hire a new person, you know how difficult and time-consuming hiring can be — and you know this is a perfect task to delegate so that you can spend more time focusing on Your ONE Thing. ZipRecruiter will go out and find the candidates for you, and 4/5 businesses find a quality candidate within the first day.

You can try ZipRecruiter for free by going to ZipRecruiter.com/ONEthing.

Jan 20, 2020

Do you want to live a life by design?

Well, we don’t decide our future — we decide our habits and our habits decide our future. That’s why our ONE thing is providing you with the tools and resources necessary to get clarity on your goals and form habits that stick.

To this end, we’ve been working closely with the members of our Living Your ONE Thing Community to support them as they go through a 66-Day Challenge. So, instead of interviewing a bestselling author on our webinar series this month, we decided to share what’s working for them and some of the best practices that will set you up for success when you start your own 66-Day Challenge.

 

If you would like the additional support of a community that is going on a 66-Day Challenge with you, consider checking out Living Your ONE Thing. You can learn more at the1thing.com/habits.

 

We recorded this conversation as part of our monthly ONE Thing webinar series. Every month, we feature an incredible author so that you can learn directly from them and ask questions. If you want to watch the second half of this interview or sign up for our next FREE monthly webinar, head over to the1thing.com/webinars.

 

In this episode, you will learn...

-[5:20] The most powerful habit that Gary Keller has formed over the course of six decades

-[9:30] The most common habits that people encounter when they start a 66-Day Challenge

-[25:30] How to pick your lead domino

-[34:35] The importance of finding your Why

-[50:10] Examples of habits for revenue generation

-[58:30] How do you know if you need to start over on your 66-Day Challenge?

 

Links & Tools From This Episode

-Learn more about Living Your ONE Thing at the1thing.com/habits

-Download your 66-day calendar

 

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Do you keep writing the same thing over and over in your emails?

We’re constantly sending the same email addresses, phone numbers, and replies to our coworkers and clients — and over time, the busy work really starts to add up. That’s where TextExpander comes in. Whether you’re writing on your computer or on your phone, in an email or in an instant messaging app, TextExpander is always there to save you time.

 

You can get 20% off your first year by visiting textexpander.com/podcast.

 

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Do you run a small business?

Small business owners wear a lot of hats. Some of those hats feel incredible to wear. However, filing taxes and running payroll... well, for most of us, they don’t feel great and they’re not our ONE thing. That’s where Gusto comes in to help you make payroll, taxes, and HR easy. So ask yourself, it time to take off some of your hats?

You can get three FREE months when you run your first payroll at Gusto.com/ONE.

Jan 13, 2020

Do you consider yourself to be a goal setter?

Most people do, and every new year, people set goals in droves, but they struggle to have a relationship with those goals. And as we go back home and go back to our jobs after the holidays, a lot of us fall into the same old routines. But it’s not your fault — the way the majority of people manage their time is outdated.

But there is a new way — a better way — to have a relationship with your goals and manage your time, and that’s what you’re going to learn about in this episode.

Get started now with the free Start Using Your 411 training course. And if you’re looking for some more robust training, you will want to try the Get Results With Your 411 foundational course, which will also show you how to introduce the 411 to your team.

 

In this episode, you will learn...

-[1:30] Why it’s not your fault that you never learned how to properly set goals

-[10:30] Why you don’t need to know what your top priority is before you create your first 411

-[23:15] What a couple’s goal-setting retreat at home looks like

-[26:40] Do you prefer to play with a lead or come from behind?

-[33:20] What motivates us to use our time in a way that serves our goals 

-[35:30] How you can create accountability in your life

 

Links & Tools From This Episode

-Download a free 411 template

-Learn how to Start Using Your 411

-Get Results With Your 411 Foundational Course

-Join the Living Your ONE Thing Community

-Couples Goal Setting Mastercourse

-Download your 66-day calendar

 

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Do you run a small business?

Small business owners wear a lot of hats. Some of those hats feel incredible to wear. However, filing taxes and running payroll... well, for most of us, they don’t feel great and they’re not our ONE thing. That’s where Gusto comes in to help you make payroll, taxes, and HR easy. So ask yourself, it time to take off some of your hats?

 

You can get three FREE months when you run your first payroll at Gusto.com/ONE.

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