The One Thing by Gary Keller | A Review
Sometimes I read crappy books. Sometimes I read great ones. This is one of the greats.
I'm a sucker for books. Especially business books. I admit that I often get sucked into the belief that there is this one special business book out there that I will be curled up reading, have an epiphany, and BAM, within two months my business will take off, my life will be balanced, and I will be booking a trip to Maui on my extra income.
Kind of like I believe that there's this one line of makeup out there that will make me look ten years younger and ten pounds lighter all with the swipe of a brush. Alas, no such thing exists. Yet. I will keep searching....
Now, at this point I have about 5 books that I've started and not finished and hate to keep spending money if I'm not going to finish them, so when I saw The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary Keller on Amazon Prime Reading (aka reading for free, yo!) I downloaded it ASAP.
I spent the weekend quickly reading through the book and already have plans to read it again, more slowly and with the tv off. Among the many times I stopped and thought, crap, I wish I had a real book so I could highlight that, there is one that sticks out. One paragraph that I thought enough about to write a blog post about it. And you know to get me to write a blog post takes some work.
At least twice a week I say to myself "I just need to be more disciplined." There's enough time in the day to do everything. There must be. If I was just a little more disciplined, I could get it all done. My house would be clean, laundry done, social media posts scheduled out, newsletter written, blog post posted..... "I just need to be more disciplined."
But in The One Thing, Keller shuts down that idea and I love him for it. He says, yeah, we need discipline. But only enough to make one thing a habit. Then that habit becomes a routine that we don't even have to think about. No forcing ourselves to remember to do something or constantly pushing and then feeling bad when it doesn't get done. We don't need constant discipline. Our lives don't have to be strict and rigid. We only need just enough discipline to get us through that one thing. Then next month, use a little discipline to get us through the next thing until it becomes a habit too.
I can do that. I have a little discipline. I do. So all I need to do is put it towards one thing that I want to get control over. And then when that one thing becomes a habit, I move on to the next. So doable. I got this. And so do you.