I am writing to recommend a book titled The One Thing. Here is the link.
This book is written for people who want to be productive at work, and to have great satisfaction in their lives. Not a new concept, right?
I think this book has everything in the world to do with how we take care of ourselves, and whether or not we make our health a priority.
Since I am unable to recreate the book in its entirety here and suggest you read it for yourself, here are my take-away’s for you to use right away, and perhaps inspire you to take the enlightening journey through the book yourself.
- There is the big picture of your health, and there are the small daily habits. We know this, right? But have you identified what your “out there” dream is? Do you want to be able to bike with friends in your 80’s? Do you want to take your grandchildren around the world in your 90’s? Do you want to be the one who ends the cycle of diabetes that has run amok throughout your family? Figure this out, and from there, reverse engineer that into what you do today, indeed now, to support that? Frankly, if more of us took the time to identify that “out there” goal, we might be more effective in what the authors call the now in moving toward it.
- I have written many times about the compound effect regarding your health. The authors of The One Thing, Gary Keller and Jay Papason, have a beautiful illustration using an ordinary wall (or virtual) calendar. Put a big red X on each day when you actually did a pro-active something. So many examples! Meditate first thing in the morning; have a healthy breakfast; drink water instead of diet soda; have reasonable amounts of food instead of stuffing yourself; take your supplements; move, breathe, and sweat from exercise; go to bed at a reasonable hour. They instruct this in the context of accomplishing huge things in your career. I suggest that the mechanisms for accomplishing huge things with your health and vitality work the same. What I envisioned after listening to this segment from the book was a long chain of red X’s. After every day for a year, isn’t that the thing that goes around the earth’s midsection? (Or am I thinking of our blood vessels?) You get the point.
- Without using the same words, Keller and Papason echoed one of my pet sentiments. The really big accomplishment comes about as we put together small steps consistently. It is a fallacy to consider the small steps as being insignificant, and yet that is an easy mistake to do. For example, one of my clients started out by “just” going to bed at a reasonable hour instead of trying to get by on four-five hours per night. And yet the benefit to her were staggering! (Weight loss, increased energy, better productivity at work, massive reduction in cravings, improved relations with her husband. Wow, right?)
- Thanks to listening to this book I “time-blocked” a significant part of a big project I am working on. I set my smart phone timer to 90 minutes of blissful uninterrupted focus time. What I learned in that segment is now an essential piece to the completion of my project. Scheduling in small segments when and how you will do pro-health activities makes this health mountain into a mole hill. Much easier to climb.
The book is filled with gems. The authors discuss how habits are formed. This is why in Health Matters, I laid it out as a year-long program. Just as astonishing things in work and career are made up of consistently putting small pieces in place, your dream health happens one small and magnificent thing at a time.
Wishing you an abundance of good health and vitality,
Love from Dolly, Gus, and me.
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