My Key Points
Success is about doing the right thing, not about doing everything right.
To achieve an extraordinary result you must choose what matters most and give it all the time it demands. This requires getting extremely out of balance in relation to all other work issues, with only infrequent counterbalancing to address them.
When you act on your priority, you’ll automatically go out of balance, giving more time to one thing over another
Thinking big is essential to extraordinary results. Success requires action, and action requires thought.
Focusing Question is the most powerful success habit we can have.
Big & Specific. A big, specific question leads to a big, specific answer, which is absolutely necessary for achieving a big goal.
Your big ONE Thing is your purpose and your small ONE Thing is the priority you take action on to achieve it. The most productive people start with purpose and use it like a compass. They allow purpose to be the guiding force in determining the priority that drives their actions.
Purpose has the power to shape our lives only in direct proportion to the power of the priority we connect it to. Purpose without priority is powerless.
Go to your calendar and block off all the time you need to accomplish your ONE Thing. If it’s a onetime ONE Thing, block off the appropriate hours and days. If it’s a regular thing, block off the appropriate time every day so it becomes a habit.
When you know your ONE Thing, make an appointment with yourself to tackle it. Take any profession or any position and fill in the blank. Great success shows up when time is devoted every day to becoming great.
Achieving extraordinary results through time blocking requires three commitments. First, you must adopt the mindset of someone seeking mastery. Mastery is a commitment to becoming your best, so to achieve extraordinary results you must embrace the extraordinary effort it represents. Second, you must continually seek the very best ways of doing things. Nothing is more futile than doing your best using an approach that can’t deliver results equal to your effort. And last, you must be willing to be held accountable to doing everything you can to achieve your ONE Thing. Live these commitments and you give yourself a fighting chance to experience extraordinary.
A life worth living might be measured in many ways, but the one way that stands above all others is living a life of no regrets.