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The One Thing: A Guide to Achieving Your Goals

Are you tired of setting goals and not achieving them? Do you feel like you’re spinning your wheels and not making progress? You’re not alone. Many of us struggle with achieving our goals. But there’s good news. There’s a simple solution that can help you achieve your goals faster and with less effort. It’s called “The One Thing.”

The One Thing: A Guide to Achieving Your Goals

What is The One Thing?

The One Thing is a book written by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan. It’s based on the idea that by focusing on one thing, you can achieve extraordinary results. The authors believe that success is built sequentially, not simultaneously. In other words, you need to focus on one thing at a time to achieve your goals.

How to Identify Your One Thing

The first step in achieving your goals is to identify your One Thing. This is the most important thing you need to do to achieve your goal. It’s the thing that will make everything else easier or unnecessary. To identify your One Thing, ask yourself this question: “What’s the one thing I can do such that by doing it, everything else will be easier or unnecessary?”

Once you’ve identified your One Thing, focus on it above all else. Make it a priority and work on it every day until you achieve it. Don’t let distractions or other tasks get in the way. Remember, success is built sequentially.

The Four Thieves of Productivity

There are four thieves of productivity that can prevent you from achieving your One Thing. They are:

  1. Inability to say “no”
  2. Fear of chaos
  3. Poor health habits
  4. Environment doesn’t support your goals

To combat these thieves, you need to learn to say “no” to distractions and other tasks that are not your One Thing. You also need to embrace chaos and learn to work through it. Make sure you take care of yourself by eating well, exercising, and getting enough rest. And finally, create an environment that supports your goals. Surround yourself with people who support and encourage you.

The Domino Effect

One of the key concepts in The One Thing is the Domino Effect. The authors believe that by focusing on your One Thing, you can create a chain reaction that leads to achieving your goals. Just like a single domino can knock over a whole line of dominoes, achieving your One Thing can lead to achieving everything else.

The Domino Effect works because it creates momentum. Once you start achieving your One Thing, it becomes easier to achieve other things. You gain confidence and motivation, and you start to see progress. This progress creates more momentum, which leads to even more progress.


Achieving your goals is not easy, but it’s possible. By focusing on your One Thing and using the principles outlined in The One Thing, you can achieve extraordinary results. Remember to identify your One Thing, focus on it above all else, and create momentum using the Domino Effect. Don’t let the four thieves of productivity get in your way. Say “no” to distractions, embrace chaos, take care of yourself, and create an environment that supports your goals. With these principles in mind, you can achieve anything you set your mind to.