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Mar 26, 2019

If you want to live the surprisingly simple truth behind extraordinary results, you must make three commitments:

  1. Follow the Path of Mastery
  2. Move from "E" to "P"
  3. Living the Accountability Cycle

In this episode we take you behind the curtain following our path of mastery.

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Mar 25, 2019

Are your priorities today aligned with your five-year goals?

 

If we aren’t taking steps towards our someday goals every single day, we’re probably never going to get there – at least not any time soon. But if we have the right mindset and structures in place, not only can we achieve our someday goals, we can achieve them even faster than we think is possible.

 

Last week, Jay Papasan and Geoff Woods discussed the how billionaires set goals using a process called Goal Setting to the Now. Today, we’re going to share the tools and processes that billionaires use to ensure they stay on track towards their someday goals, every day.

 

 

In this episode, you will learn...

  • [5:00] How to make progress towards big goals, as a team, using a GPS
  • [13:00] The mistake that most people make when they start time blocking
  • [27:15] How you can use leverage to ensure that you’re always acting in order of priority
  • [42:30] What you can do to help others with their time management and goal setting

 

The ONE Thing to Implement From This Episode:

We want you to think big, then go small.

 

Think big about your someday goals. Think big about being the type of person who has a GPS, who updates their 411 every single week, who time blocks their priorities and says no to all the distractions. That’s the big vision.

 

And now let’s go small – what’s the ONE thing you can do, such that be doing it, everything else will be easier or unnecessary?

 

Jay suggests you can just make a commitment to getting the first draft of Your GPS done by Wednesday, or if you already have that, complete or update Your 411.

 

Links & Tools From This Episode

 

AWESOME FREE RESOURCES FOR YOU!

 

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The ONE Thing is produced by Podcast Masters

Mar 18, 2019

Are you living a life by default or are you living a life by design?

 

Most of us are living a life by default. We wake up, take action, experience some successes, experience some failures, then repeat – but we get what we get by default. When billionaires set goals, however, they cast a vision into the future, then look backwards and set goals to the now. That’s how we live a life by design.

 

In this episode, we’re sharing the first half of Jay Papasan and Geoff Woods’s keynote presentation at the Keller Williams Family Reunion Convention 2019. This part is about the high-level principles of goal setting like a billionaire, and in the second part, we will dive into the tools billionaires use for goal setting.

 

 

In this episode, you will learn...

  • [3:40] How you can start goal setting to the now
  • [11:20] What you can learn from Gary Keller about getting clarity on your goals
  • [16:00] Where in your life are you currently chasing distractions and saying no to what is truly the priority?

 

The ONE Thing to Implement From This Episode:

If you want to achieve extraordinary results, you can’t set goals looking forward. You have to have a vision for where you want to end up so that you can look back and identify the path that will get you there.

 

When you do that, you will know how to separate a true priority from a distraction.

 

Links & Tools From This Episode

 

AWESOME FREE RESOURCES FOR YOU!

 

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The ONE thing that makes hiring easier or unnecessary...

 

Hiring is challenging, but there is ONE place you can go where hiring is simple, fast, and smart – and that place is ZipRecruiter.com/ONEthing. Most of us who are in a hiring position would love to always be getting into relationships with top talent, but there’s so many other priorities that compete for our time. That’s what we love about ZipRecruiter: they find the right job candidates for you, and 80 percent of employers who post a job get a qualified candidate in just one day.

 

ZipRecruiter is inviting listeners of The ONE Thing to try for FREE – all you have to do is go 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.

 

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The ONE Thing is produced by Podcast Masters

Mar 11, 2019

What happens when your actions aren’t aligned with your goals?

 

When we are focusing on our ONE thing, it’s not like the rest of the world stops. The emails don’t stop piling up, meeting requests don’t cease to exist, and customer fires don’t magically disappear. The deeper we go into our one thing, the more this pressure builds – and we’re often so afraid of this chaos that we use time set aside for our ONE thing to clear off some of that 80% work. It feels productive for a moment, but in reality, we’re acting out of alignment with our goals.

 

So what happens when real stress and real anxiety starts to build up, and how do you deal with it without taking a detour off of the road to being extraordinary? To help us answer those questions, we are joined once again by Craig Ballantyne, author of the Wall-Street Journal Bestseller Unstoppable and The Perfect Day Formula.

 

 

In this episode, you will learn...

  • [4:00] How we suffer from the paradox of freedom
  • [7:00] What catalyzes our stress and anxiety
  • [18:45] How you can get clarity on what’s most important
  • [24:00] How to take a more proactive approach to your life

 

The ONE Thing to Implement From This Episode:

Out of everything that you heard in this episode, what is the ONE thing that really stood out to you? And how can we take that spark of interest, that curiosity, and turn it into action?

 

It’s ONE thing at a time, over time, that creates results – so just pick ONE thing, and if you’re not in the middle of a 66-day challenge, start one: http://the1thing.com/66daychallenge.

 

Links & Tools From This Episode

 

AWESOME FREE RESOURCES FOR YOU!

 

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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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The ONE Thing is produced by Podcast Masters

Mar 4, 2019

Have you ever scheduled time for your most important work?

 

Chances are, all of us has done this at least once. But do you regularly time block and then protect that time like the air you breathe, defending it against every distraction that comes up? For most of us, the answer is no – but why is that?

 

In this episode, we suggest that this is because we’re not great at keeping the promises we make to ourselves or to others – and we believe that if you can get a little more intentional about the promises you make when you’re planning your time, and the commitments you make to others, then everything else will become easier or unnecessary. Our guest, Alex Sheen, has taken this idea of a promise and turned it into a movement and a book called Because I Said I Would, which is helping people all over the world make promises that stick.

 

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 sign up for our next FREE monthly webinar, head over to the1thing.com/webinars.

 

In this episode, you will learn...

  • [7:30] How the “market conditions” of promises have changed with technology
  • [12:30] The anatomy of a promise
  • [18:00] How you can gracefully say no – and still help people move towards their goals
  • [28:30] How you can leverage time blocking to prioritize what you do and don’t promise to do

 

The ONE Thing to Implement From This Episode:

 

What’s the ONE thing that you’re not doing that would make saying no easier or unnecessary?

 

Maybe you need to get clear on why you’re saying yes to what you’re saying yes to and no to what you’re saying no to. If you don’t have clarity on your bigger purpose, your bigger Why, it can be difficult to stick to your guns and say no when it matters.

 

Or maybe you need a go-to no sentence like Alex’s: “It would be easy for me to say yes right now, but I respect you too much to keep a promise I can’t keep.”

 

How much time do you think you’ll need to block to come up with that sentence? And how many times do you think you’ll have to practice it, even just one time a day, before it just sounds natural? Sounds like a good candidate for a 66-Day Challenge: http://the1thing.com/66daychallenge.

 

Links & Tools From This Episode

 

AWESOME FREE RESOURCES FOR YOU!

 

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The ONE thing that makes hiring easier or unnecessary...

 

Hiring is challenging, but there is ONE place you can go where hiring is simple, fast, and smart – and that place is ZipRecruiter.com/ONEthing. Most of us who are in a hiring position would love to always be getting into relationships with top talent, but there’s so many other priorities that compete for our time. That’s what we love about ZipRecruiter: they find the right job candidates for you, and 80 percent of employers who post a job get a qualified candidate in just one day.

 

ZipRecruiter is inviting listeners of The ONE Thing to try for FREE – all you have to do is go 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.

 

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The ONE Thing is produced by Podcast Masters

Feb 25, 2019

So you have clarity on what your ONE thing is – but what do you do if you have more than ONE thing, or if your ONE thing changes?

 

How do we know if we have truly earned the right to focus on something else? Today we’re going to hear the story of someone who tried to do focus on everything, until he started living the principles of The ONE Thing. He simplified his life, started scaling a great business, and struck an amazing counterbalance.

 

However, in the last year, he looked up and realized that his lead domino has changed – so what did he do? Ryan Lee, founder of REWIND, joins us to share his story about creating simplicity in his life.

 

 

In this episode, you will learn...

  • [7:00] What it looks like when your lead domino changes.
  • [18:00] How to build a routine that allows you to focus on the biggest priority in your life.
  • [26:10] Overcoming the thief of chaos.
  • [35:00] How to simplify your life with the simple act of saying no.

 

The ONE Thing to Implement From This Episode:

If you want to take the next step in gaining clarity on your priorities, head over to the1thing.com/training to learn more about 411 Foundations: Put Your Goals into Action.

 

Or if the ONE thing you need is a community to support you and hold you accountable, check out the Living Your ONE Thing Community.

 

Links & Tools From This Episode

 

AWESOME FREE RESOURCES FOR YOU!

 

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Do you struggle to make healthy foods for yourself and your family?

 

By the time you are done with your busy day, you probably just don’t have the energy to prepare and cook a delicious and nutritious meal – and that’s why we’re excited to introduce you to HelloFresh, a meal kit delivery service that shops, plans, and delivers step-by-step recipes with pre-measured ingredients right to you. This means you can spend less time meal planning and grocery shopping, and more time on your ONE thing!

 

You can get $60 off (that’s $20 off your first three boxes) by using code “ONE60” at hellofresh.com/ONE60.

 

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Is improving your health one of your goals this year?

 

Then you may want to consider a vitamin routine made just for you, curated to help you achieve your health goals. This is possible with the help of Care/of, a monthly subscription vitamin service. All it takes is one quick survey to get a personal, scientifically-backed vitamin supplement recommendation. It’s easy, convenient, and great for a busy person on the go.


Get 50% off your first month of personalized Care/of vitamins by using code “ONE50” at Takecareof.com. 

 

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The ONE Thing is produced by Podcast Masters

Feb 18, 2019

You’re listening to this podcast... but are you living The ONE Thing?

 

Our guest read the book early on, started listening to the podcast, and achieved some extraordinary results as it pertains to his health – and all because he didn’t stop at consuming the content. He took action.



Chris LaGarde struggled with his weight for his entire life, which ultimately affected his sense of worth and caused him to doubt if he even could have the body that he wanted. But by doing one thing at a time, over time, he’s truly accomplished something extraordinary: losing 50 pounds in five months.

 

In this episode, you will learn...

  • [5:45] How purpose helps you identify and knock down that first lead domino.
  • [16:50] Why forming a relationship with your goals helps you achieve them – and how you can live this with Your 411.
  • [27:30] What you need to hear if the results you want seem like they’re too far away.

 

The ONE Thing to Implement From This Episode:

Consuming content is great, and we appreciate that you listen to this podcast – but will you be the type of person who turns it into results by taking action?

 

If you have not yet downloaded the 411, that is your first step: https://www.the1thing.com/resources/.

 

And if you want more training on how to use it, check out 411 Foundations: Put Your Goals into Action.

 

Links & Tools From This Episode

 

AWESOME FREE RESOURCES FOR YOU!

 

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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.

 

--

 

The ONE thing that makes hiring easier or unnecessary...

 

Hiring is challenging, but there is ONE place you can go where hiring is simple, fast, and smart – and that place is ZipRecruiter.com/ONEthing. Most of us who are in a hiring position would love to always be getting into relationships with top talent, but there’s so many other priorities that compete for our time. That’s what we love about ZipRecruiter: they find the right job candidates for you, and 80 percent of employers who post a job get a qualified candidate in just one day.

 

ZipRecruiter is inviting listeners of The ONE Thing to try for FREE – all you have to do is go to ZipRecruiter.com/ONEthing.



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The ONE Thing is produced by Podcast Masters

Feb 11, 2019

What is the ONE thing that will make everything else easier or unnecessary, in every area of your life?

 

In this episode, we sit down with someone who lives by this powerful tool – the 411 – and get her perspective on what that looks like and how you can coach others to live by it, too.

 

Our guest is Claire Bohne, a business coach whose job is to hold people accountable to this ONE thing every single week.

 

 

In this episode, you will learn...

  • [2:45] How the 411 forces you to get clarity
  • [6:00] What mindset you need when you create your 411 and annual plan
  • [9:30] How you can prepare 411s with your team and the other important people in your life
  • [19:15] How to make accountability conversations comfortable conversations
  • [21:10] What it looks like to co-create 411s with your significant other
  • [24:50] How to avoid common mistakes when you create your 411

 

The ONE Thing to Implement From This Episode:

What’s your next step?

 

You have a few options:

 

 

Links & Tools From This Episode

 

AWESOME FREE RESOURCES FOR YOU!

 

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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.

 

--

 

The ONE thing that makes hiring easier or unnecessary...

 

Hiring is challenging, but there is ONE place you can go where hiring is simple, fast, and smart – and that place is ZipRecruiter.com/ONEthing. Most of us who are in a hiring position would love to always be getting into relationships with top talent, but there’s so many other priorities that compete for our time. That’s what we love about ZipRecruiter: they find the right job candidates for you, and 80 percent of employers who post a job get a qualified candidate in just one day.

 

ZipRecruiter is inviting listeners of The ONE Thing to try for FREE – all you have to do is go to ZipRecruiter.com/ONEthing.

 

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The ONE Thing is produced by Podcast Masters

Feb 4, 2019

What does football have to do with the 411?

 

Well back in 1960, the Packers made it to the NFL Championship, had a lead the whole game, and then lost to the Eagles in a stunning display in the fourth quarter. On the first day of training camp the following year, coach Vince Lombardi walked into the locker room, held up a football, and said, “This is a football.”

 

Why did Lombardi start with something so fundamental? He realized that if they could truly understand the surprising power of mastering the fundamentals, that that ONE thing could make everything else easier or unnecessary – and in 1961, the Packers went on to win the championship. So in this episode, we’re going to help you master the most fundamental tool in The ONE Thing toolbox: the 411.

 

In this episode, you will learn...

  • [6:30] How to get clarity on what matters most thing is using the 411.
  • [12:00] How to differentiate a priority from a distraction by goal setting to the now.
  • [19:00] Why sometimes you will be succeeding so slowly that you feel like you’re failing.

 

The ONE Thing to Implement From This Episode:

Getting what you want out of life is not about doing more – it’s about doing more of what matters most.

 

Everything does not matter equally, and there are a handful of things that you can do, at any moment, that will create the majority of your results. Are you willing to try leveraging a 411 so that you are always clear on what those priorities are, so that your planner and your calendar can match your priorities?

 

If you want to get started on this...

 

AWESOME FREE RESOURCES FOR YOU!

 

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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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The ONE Thing is produced by Podcast Masters

Jan 28, 2019

How do you show up as a better leader, and how do you do it in a world that’s constantly distracting us?

 

Technology has changed our lives in profoundly positive ways, but it’s also created more distrations than ever before – and if you’re like most people, you probably feel more disconnected than ever before.

 

So we sat down with the author of Back to Human: How Great Leaders Create Connection in the Age of Isolation, Dan Schawbel, to discuss how we can do a better job at facilitating connections in the workplace, in spite of the technology that’s constantly surrounding us.

 

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 sign up for our next FREE monthly webinar, head over to the1thing.com/webinars.

 

 

In this episode, you will learn...

  • [6:25] What’s at stake if we keep using technology the way we are now.
  • [11:30] What it looks like to start developing trust between the people you lead.
  • [16:15] How do you help people get clear on the team’s purpose and what fulfills people on an individual level?
  • [24:00] How you can create connection (and the ONE thing that makes it easier or unnecessary)

 

The ONE Thing to Implement From This Episode:

 

What is the ONE thing you can do, such that by doing it, everything else will be easier or unnecessary when it comes to making connections with people?

 

Dan says the most important skill is being able to work with other people. As a leader, as a manager, as a human, this will always be important. So what’s ONE thing you can do to improve your ability to work with others?

 

Links & Tools From This Episode

 

AWESOME FREE RESOURCES FOR YOU!

 

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The ONE Thing is produced by Podcast Masters

Jan 21, 2019

Do you have a New Year’s Resolution about your health, organization, or money?

 

There’s a good chance you do because, statistically, these are the three most common goals people set every year. But as we mentioned in the last episode, only eight percent of people actually succeed in implementing their resolutions. One of the big challenges here is that you can’t succeed alone, especially if you have a significant other, but so many of us try to.

 

Today, we are sharing the case study of a couple who ran up against that challenge year after year – which, ultimately, meant they were fighting about money year after year – until they started having an annual couple’s goal-setting retreat 10 years ago. Now, Jenn and JP Lewis never fight about money, and in this episode, we’re going to break down how they did it and the ONE thing you can do today that will make everything else easier or unnecessary when it comes to setting your annual goals.

 

In this episode, you will learn...

  • [4:45] Jenn’s advice for anyone who is hesitant to participate in a couple’s goal-setting retreat
  • [12:00] What it looks like to reallocate funds and time to what matters most, as a team.
  • [18:00] Why you need emotional buy-in during the goal-setting process.
  • [25:00] The ONE thing you can do to make starting the couple’s goal-setting process easier or unnecessary.
  • [43:30] How becoming part of a community of goal setters can bring your couple’s goal setting to a new level.

 

The ONE Thing to Implement From This Episode:

 

So, out of everything that you've heard in this episode, what's your lead domino? What's that first step?

 

We’ll recap the tools covered in this episode, and you can choose just ONE to be your lead domino:

 

 

The choice is yours. Where will you actually begin? And will you just be the type of person that takes action before you check your email today?

 

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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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The ONE Thing is produced by Podcast Masters

Jan 14, 2019

Have you started implementing the principles of The ONE Thing in your life?

 

It’s surprisingly simple... but it’s not easy. We’ve spoken with thousands of you who have started living The ONE Thing, and once you start going down that path, you realize something pretty quickly: there’s no way to succeed alone.

 

Today, we’re sharing Wyatt Graves’ journey from discovering to implementing the principles of The ONE Thing – to empowering a community to live these principles, too.

 

 

In this episode, you will learn...

  • [7:45] What changes when you start living The ONE Thing
  • [13:00] How Wyatt recruited the most important people in his life to come to the goal-setting retreat with him (even those who were a little skeptical)
  • [19:30] What it looks like when you have a relationship with your goals
  • [26:40] What most people are missing when they start trying to implement The ONE Thing
  • [33:00] How to endure the monotony of success

 

The ONE Thing to Implement From This Episode:

Are you on your road to mastery when it comes to living The ONE Thing? And what do you think will be possible if the people in your world start going down that road, too?

 

When we asked Wyatt why he continues down this road to mastery, he said it’s because he knows that all leadership begins with self-leadership; it’s difficult to influence the people you care about if you’re not, first and foremost, walking the talk.

 

So who in your world do you really care about and who need to hear this message? Who do you want to experience what you’re experiencing by implementing the principles of The ONE Thing?

 

Send them this episode, send them to the1thing.com, or send an email introducing them to Geoff [at] the1thing.com and he will personally respond. We are that committed because we are unwilling to accept the status quo of living a life by default, instead of living a life by design.


AWESOME FREE RESOURCES FOR YOU!

 

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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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The ONE Thing is produced by Podcast Masters

Jan 7, 2019

Half of all Americans make New Year’s resolutions each year – but how many succeed?

According to a study conducted by the University of Scranton and published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, only EIGHT PERCENT of people who set resolutions will actually succeed in implementing them.

Today, we want to share why we believe that so many people fail – and the ONE thing you can do to be successful in making the changes you want to make this year.

 

In this episode, you will learn...

  • [2:45] Why most people aren’t successful in implementing their resolutions.
  • [5:40] Why does it matter if you get in better shape, get more organized, or spend less (three of the most common resolutions)?
  • [6:30] How to get clear on the WHY and PURPOSE behind your goals.
  • [11:30] Why your time blocking needs to reflect your priorities.
  • [13:30] What motivates people.
  • [18:00] What you can do to turn a resolution into a habit.
  • [22:45] ONE tip for becoming part of the 8% who succeed.

 

The ONE Thing to Implement From This Episode:

So, where do you get started?

Like anything with The ONE Thing, we encourage you to think big and then go small. So instead of thinking about everything we talked about in this episode, we encourage you to focus on just the ONE thing you can do that will make everything else easier or unnecessary.

Keep asking the clarifying question until you find a specific, measurable activity – then go on a 66-day challenge, put that activity in your calendar, and make that activity a habit.

 

Links & Tools From This Episode

 

AWESOME FREE RESOURCES FOR YOU!

 

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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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