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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.

Jan 6, 2020

If you want to change your life, you have to get honest with yourself.

What’s working? What isn’t working? Who’s bringing you forward and who’s bringing you back? Candid self-reflection can reveal things you wish weren’t there, but knowing what you’re dealing with makes big change possible.

Our guest, Grace Vroom, knew something had to give; there were countless areas of her life that she wanted to improve, but it was only after getting honest about her addiction to alcohol that she started to make any progress. Sobriety felt like such a daunting must-do on Grace’s self-improvement to-do list that she didn’t know how to start and she didn’t think she could sustain it. As you listen to this episode, we challenge you to pay close attention to what her lead domino was — it was so small that it might surprise you.

 

The Living Your ONE Thing community is kicking off 2020 with a community-wide 66-day challenge. If you want to form a power habit that sticks, you can start for FREE at the1thing.com/community.

 

In this episode, you will learn...

-[4:30] What the lead domino for change might look like in your life

-[9:30] Why your lead domino might not be what you expect it to be

-[17:00] How to create a habit of connecting with people

-[23:40] How to trust in the domino effect

-[31:15] ONE thing you can do to start your journey towards sobriety

 

Links & Tools From This Episode

-Learn more at www.gracevroom.com

-Join the exclusive Living Your ONE Thing 66-Day Challenge at the1thing.com/community

-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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