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Aug 3, 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.

 

We are kicking off our community-wide 66-Day Challenge soon. If you want to join us visit the1thing.com/habits.

 

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

 

In this episode, you will learn...

  • [4:34] What the lead domino for change might look like in your life
  • [8:58] Why your lead domino might not be what you expect it to be
  • [18:36] How to create a habit of connecting with people
  • [23:47] How to trust in the domino effect
  • [31:27] ONE thing you can do to start your journey towards sobriety

 

Links & Tools From This Episode

 

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Feeling the pain of hiring a freelancer or employee only to find out it’s not a good fit?

Mutual Mobile uses the process it’s developed over the past 10 years delivering over 600 client projects to ensure your fast and beautiful mobile or web app is finished on time and within budget. You get a dedicated team to help you with your tech project from start to finish, from ideation to product shipment to maintenance, and everywhere in between.

If you have design or development needs, schedule a free 30 minute consultation at mutualmobile.link/onething.

Jul 27, 2020

Have you taken any time to be grateful today?

When we think about forming power habits, we often think about doing something that will improve our productivity or health. We rarely consider the transformative power of mindset habits, and one of the most powerful habits is gratitude. That may seem like an easy or trivial thing, but in practice, embodying a state of gratitude every day is both surprisingly challenging and significant.

Our guest John Israel, founder of The Mr. Thank You Project and author of "The Mr. Thank You Project," experienced an epiphany: if he wanted to make a huge, positive impact on the world, he had to start by doing just ONE thing to express his gratitude every day. This ONE habit, over time, has truly unleashed something extraordinary, and in this episode, we invite you to become a part of it.

 

If you want to set yourself up for success on your 66-day challenge, try the free 66-Day Challenge Training.

In this episode, you will learn...

  • [10:08] How to form a keystone habit for embodying gratitude
  • [18:31] How to manage your time so that you don’t fail a 66-day (or 365-day) challenge
  • [22:36] How to be grateful when you don’t want to be
  • [37:34] Why you should consider doing your own 66-day challenge

 

Links & Tools From This Episode

 

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Do you wish there was one place your team could go to find the answers they need?

Sweet Process is a software that enables companies to have a central place for all their procedures, processes, and policies. This makes it easy for management and ground-level employees to collaborate together in the creation of those processes and it makes it easy to continuously improve those together.

If you’re ready to streamline your processes, visit sweetprocess.com/one for a 28-day free trial.

 

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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.

 

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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.

Jul 20, 2020

Did you come into this year imaging what was possible for yourself?

Many of us had big plans for all the things we were going to accomplish this year—whether personally, professionally, or both—and then COVID-19 hit and we were derailed by our new reality. None of us had the existing habits we needed to support our new environments.

Tom Bilyeu took a look at his life and realized he was capable of more. He decided to be the kind of person whose habits brought him closer to his health goals and he exercises them every day. While he calls himself an “average person,” he credits habits and routines with allowing him to experience overwhelming success in his life, his business, and most importantly, his health.

The path to getting everything you want starts with one habit at a time. When you choose to form a habit around ONE Thing, and you have the support of a community around you, everything becomes easier. You can learn more about our upcoming habit-forming 66-Day Challenge at the1thing.com/habits.

 

In this episode, you will learn...

  • [05:40] The lie of productivity
  • [07:36] The challenge of creating new habits
  • [14:44] The simplest knowledge for making change
  • [17:04] Creating habits around exercise
  • [20:35] Saying “yes” to something is saying “no” to something else
  • [24:32] Getting your spouse on board with your goals
  • [29:14] Staying motivated
  • [39:18] Getting clarity on what matters most

 

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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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.

Jul 13, 2020

Think back to your childhood: What did you want to be when you grew up? What dreams did you have for yourself? What did you envision your life looking like?

Along your journey, you may have come up across ceilings of achievement—or on the other end, you may have been thinking too small. Any time you are hitting up against a ceiling of achievement in your life, you are missing either a person or a system, and today we’re going to look at exactly why that is true. Having the right people in our lives, and the right systems in place to help us do what we do efficiently, can allow us to achieve more than we ever thought possible.

Chris Winton grew up with the dream of becoming a manager for the local grocery store, and today—because of having the right mentors and learning the right leadership skills along the way—he finds himself as the officer at a Fortune 50 company. He is the author of the new book “C-4 Leadership” and has a tremendous amount of value to share.

What’s one thing you can put into action today? Take a moment to pause, sit in silence, dream, and ask yourself a question. That simple action may make the difference between spending your time or investing it.

 

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

 

In this episode, you will learn...

  • [02:48] When Chris noticed his family was financially struggling
  • [07:38] Reaching up for knowledge and reaching down for guidance
  • [14:25] Thinking too small
  • [17:11] The 4 C’s
  • [22:04] Meeting the right people
  • [27:26] How to galvanize a group of people by communicating in story form
  • [29:57] How to make leaders more coach-like
  • [33:31] Taking a stand for the whole person, not just the employee
  • [36:35] How to dream bigger

 

Links & Tools From This Episode

 

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Do you wish there was one place your team could go to find the answers they need?

Sweet Process is a software that enables companies to have a central place for all their procedures, processes, and policies. This makes it easy for management and ground-level employees to collaborate together in the creation of those processes and it makes it easy to continuously improve those together.

If you’re ready to streamline your processes, visit sweetprocess.com/one for a 28-day free trial.

 

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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.

 

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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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Jul 7, 2020

How do we lead people through fear? The answer, as simple as it may seem, is goals—but the right goals.

If the purpose of a goal is to be appropriate in the moment, many of us have lost sight of the fact that our actions may not be leading us to where we want to go. We don’t want to sacrifice our long-term visions and our long-term goals based on short-term circumstances. As an individual, you can either be focusing on the past, the present, or the future. If you’re focusing on the past or present, you can’t move forward. The only way you move forward is by having goals, focusing on those goals, and allowing those goals to inform how you behave today so that you start knocking the dominos down that make everything else easier or unnecessary.

How are you doing at having a relationship with your goals, and do you need any changes? Now is the time to reflect on that and start thinking about the future and ensure that you are moving in the right direction for what makes sense today.

If you feel like now is the time to get back into the driver's seat and getting intentional with your goals, you can join our Virtual Goal Setting Retreats at the1thing.com/setmygoals.

 

In this episode, you will learn...

  • [03:51] Having a relationship with our goals
  • [09:31] Adjusting our goals for today
  • [26:40] The problems with most people’s goals
  • [43:40] Two people’s experience with the Goal Setting Retreat

 

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.

Jun 29, 2020

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

Most people go through their lives by default: They wake up, check email, show up to the office, check email again, go to their first meeting, check email again, etc. And by the end of the day, they wonder why they didn’t get anything done. Day after day, this is how things play out, and they get to where they are by default — without intention or design.

Billionaires do things differently. They imagine what they want their lives to look like someday, even if they don’t know. They push past “I don’t know” and search for an answer. You have to think big, go small, and trust the dominos will fall — and in this episode, we share the models you can follow along the journey.

 

If you are ready to take action, we encourage you to go to the1thing.com/setmygoal and you can learn more about implementing these frameworks.

 

In this episode, you will learn...

  • [02:21] Priorities and values from the community
  • [12:18] Pro tips of the GPS
  • [17:15] Going small and having a relationship with one category
  • [22:42] Front-loading your goals

 

Links & Tools From This Episode

 

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Do you wish there was one place your team could go to find the answers they need?

Sweet Process is a software that enables companies to have a central place for all their procedures, processes, and policies. This makes it easy for management and ground-level employees to collaborate together in the creation of those processes and it makes it easy to continuously improve those together.

If you’re ready to streamline your processes, visit sweetprocess.com/one for a 28-day free trial.

 

--

 

Feeling the pain of hiring a freelancer or employee only to find out it’s not a good fit?

Mutual Mobile uses the process it’s developed over the past 10 years delivering over 600 client projects to ensure your fast and beautiful mobile or web app is finished on time and within budget. You get a dedicated team to help you with your tech project from start to finish, from ideation to product shipment to maintenance, and everywhere in between.

If you have design or development needs, schedule a free 30 minute consultation at mutualmobile.link/onething.

 

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Want a peek inside the minds of masters?

MasterClass lets you learn from the best, with exclusive access to online classes taught by masters of their craft. With over 75 different instructors across tons of categories, there is something for everyone. Find what matters most to you and make yourself even more productive and effective.

Get 15% off the cost of the annual all-access pass by visiting masterclass.com/one.

Jun 22, 2020

Do you ever find yourself going through the motions? Operating as if you’re on auto-pilot?

Sometimes we get so used to the way things are that we forget to imagine the potential for the way things could be if we set our mind to it — if we asked the big questions and took the time to search for those answers. As a result, we settle into what’s comfortable in exchange for what’s possible.

No one achieves greatness on auto-pilot. So many people are living their lives by default instead of by design. When you go through life by default you’re committing to something ordinary. You’re choosing good enough when a life of impact, legacy, and abundance could be available to you. We’re going to dive into why goal setting to the now matters, the models that make accomplishing big goals possible, and unpacking the limiting beliefs that could be stopping you.

If you feel like you would like to take action, we encourage you to go to the1thing.com/setmygoal and you can learn more about implementing these frameworks.

 

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

 

In this episode, you will learn...

  • [03:34] Staying in relationship with our goals
  • [07:57] The types of goals we set and how they serve us
  • [13:50] How to live The ONE Thing
  • [19:54] Time blocking your priorities
  • [23:48] Recapping how billionaires set their goals
  • [27:06] Setting goals with the people who have a stake in your success

 

Links & Tools From This Episode

 

--

 

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.

 

--

 

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.

Jun 15, 2020

While we’ve all been forced to change the way we work and get things done, there’s one thing that hasn’t changed — the need to have conversations with the people that matter most, conversations that enrich our relationships.

While we’ve all been working from home, this has presented its own set of circumstances. We’ve been closer to some people, which could create conflict, and knowing how to have conversations to enrich that relationship may be a mystery to some people. And since we have been more distant from our teams and our customers, we need to figure out how to have those conversations as well.

That’s why we reached out to our friends at Fierce Conversations. Their model for how to have fierce conversations is more relevant than ever. You’re going to meet their Senior Vice President of Learning, Ronna Detrick. You’re going to hear about what it was like for their organization to pivot, finding her ONE Thing, and dive deep into the fierce conversation model.

 

If you find yourself struggling with clarity on what your goals and priorities are, visit the1thing.com/training and learn more about how we are facilitating our Goal Setting Retreat virtually this year.

 

In this episode, you will learn...

  • [04:34] What fierce conversations are
  • [07:48] How Fierce Conversations are pivoting during this time
  • [13:26] Finding Ronna’s ONE Thing
  • [24:48] Using the fierce conversation models
  • [30:12] How to start having fierce conversations
  • [35:21] Enriching relationships

 

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.

 

--

 

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.

Jun 8, 2020

Do you think you could turn your life around in just 12 months?

Every single one of us is constantly looking up, imagining a future, and asking ourselves how we actually get there. How do we bridge the gap? How do we ensure that the things that show up on our calendar this week put us in alignment with the type of life that we want to be living?

Ryan Moran is the owner of capitalism.com, he has built several big businesses in a short period of time, and he is the author of the best-selling book “12 Months to $1 Million: How to Pick a Winning Product, Build a Real Business, and Become a Seven-Figure Entrepreneur.” He’s going to share with us his formula for building a massively profitable business in one year — from scratch — starting with one simple step.

We are here to shepherd you along on your journey to finding your ONE Thing. Today we launched our Virtual Goal Setting Retreat series to help you get clarity on your goals right now, which ones you need to discard, and which you need to recommit to. This will set us up to come together at the end of the year and cast a vision for the next year. To learn more, visit the1thing.com/setmygoals.

 

In this episode, you will learn...

  • [01:55] Why you should trust Ryan’s knowledge
  • [05:20] Taking responsibility for your freedom
  • [07:41] The opportunities in business today
  • [12:29] How to find the one person you need to serve
  • [16:44] How to identify the journey your customer is on
  • [21:01] The importance of ONE customer
  • [29:41] The three stages of building a business
  • [36:30] The biggest mistakes people make during this process
  • [41:12] What to do when you are starting from scratch
  • [47:21] How to balance revenue with finding who to serve

 

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.

 

--

 

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.

Jun 1, 2020

Are you holding on too tightly to the way things used to be?

With all that is going on today, there is so much uncertainty. A marked lack of clarity. As business owners, what are some of the things we should be thinking about right now? Don’t let the past, and your attachment to it, stop you from casting a new vision that will bring you into the future.

To help you get clarity, we sat down with past guest Keith Cunningham. He is one of the most important business voices of our time because he challenges us to look at our businesses and identify what opportunities we have today that we didn’t have in the past — and that’s just what so many people need at this moment.

Many of us are facing the challenge of having our goals become irrelevant or unattainable in an instant. We have a second interview with Keith Cunningham where he walks through in detail what he did when he was at rock bottom to build himself back up — way back. That will be shared during our virtual goal-setting retreats this fall. If you want to learn more about that, you can go to the1thing.com/setmygoals.

 

In this episode, you will learn...

  • [09:56] Strengthening your ability to make decisions
  • [14:55] How we should be thinking to remain cautious
  • [24:12] Why we need to be willing to reinvent ourselves
  • [27:45] The three audits every business owner needs to be doing
  • [32:25] The ONE question you can ask yourself to move forward

 

Links & Tools From This Episode

 

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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.

 

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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.

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.

 

--

 

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

 

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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

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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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.

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