A few of us have been talking in the Accountability section about how The One Thing concept works. I said I’d ask Sean on the call today. Here are brief notes from him:
1. One Thing is a concept, not a law
2. One Thing doesn’t mean you don’t do anything else
3. One Thing must work for YOU… work it out for yourself
My consternation is — and has been for years now — that my One Thing is to seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness (Matthew 6:33).
Prior to that realization, I was working towards a home by the lake with a boat dock and an office upstairs with a deck looking over the dock 🙂
Since then, it’s tough for me to set a niche. How can I (for instance) help entrepreneurs start businesses and focus my time there when my greater calling goes begging?
So, with prayer and slow acceptance (on my part), I now believe my mission within that One Thing is to write a book and create a presentation about the Temple/Tabernacle/Tent. I see where my work helping writers promote books, book editing, and writing my own books fits in that One Thing… but the lion’s share of my money comes from helping entrepreneurs.
Okay… that fits too. Everything I do for others will help me in my own (God’s) business and mission. There’s just not enough time in the day to do it all.
Sean challenged us to start a weekly call. I’d love to. But on what? … SEO? Copywriting? Marketing? Advertising? Blogging? Health and Fitness? eBook writing? Book Promotions? The Temple??? … I do it all.
Focus!!! What am I missing? Can I focus on 20 things and bring them into ONE?
Obviously Sean does both with his IM and faith based calls.
Weekly call – which one of your bucket list above appeals most? That’s the one you’ll put most into and that will almost certainly be reflected back to income (think Sean’s weekly calls where he aims to impact lots of people and get a few to pay him).
Pick a direction, run with it, adjust & re-analyse after a suitable period of time.
Thanks, Sean. There’s something in my thinking that stops me from grasping a vital component of my business, it would seem.
I still don’t “get it.” And I especially don’t get how to narrow down a niche and focus. IF I could do that, my business would flourish quickly. I know most of the supporting tasks and I have most of the tools.
On my plate today are: Love God, love others, eat healthy, exercise, serve my family, write two articles, take my daughter shopping, write my own stuff, finish a book edit for a client… there’s more… and there’s nothing that will make all of those easier… but for perhaps getting a bottle of whiskey and saying to hell with them all. That’s where I am right now (no, I’m not headed to the liquor store). I feel absolutely overwhelmed and without clear direction.
I do what I have to do. I might as well be punching a time clock. Actually, that would be better. I could leave at five.
I’ve been thinking about all of this. I listened today to the replay of Wednesday’s call. (I was on it “live” as well, haven’t been able to do that as much I’d like. I was the one Sean called out “from Kaysville, Utah. 🙂 ). I had this answer all planned out for you. But after re-reading what you wrote and reading what Sean wrote, I didn’t like any of what I was going to write. So I guess I gotta let is simmer some more.
BTW, know what Brian Tracy said about this? “Thinking is some of the hardest work you’ll ever do. That’s why so few people do it.”