What matters is ‘Just one thing’

Sunil Seth
“One thing, just one thing”, you stick to that ‘One thing’ and everything else doesn’t mean anything. It can be the best approach to get what you want. When everyone has the same number of hours in a day, then why do some people seem to get so much than others? If time is the currency of achievement; then why are some able to en-cash it in their allotment more than others? The answer is that they get to the heart of things, to the heart of their approach by narrowing their concentration to one thing and focusing on that one thing only. What is that One thing that needs to be identified when you want the absolute best chance to succeed at anything you want and the answer is your approach should always be – go small!! To get the most of your work and life is “go small”- as small as possible but most of the people think the opposite. They think that the big success is time consuming and complicated. As a result, their calendars and to- do- lists become complicated, overloaded and over helming. With over time at their workplaces, starts their journey of lowering expectations, abandoning their dreams and finally allowing their life to get small. “Going small” is ignoring all the things you could do and doing what you should do. It is recognising that”Not All Things Matter Equally”, but fining the things “That Matter The Most”.
Extraordinary results are directly determined by how narrow you can make your focus. The best analogy is the ARJUNA and the fish from the Mahabhartha. Go small; as small as possible; by doing fewer things for more effect instead of doing more things but with side effects. When the one thing identified is correct, the right cycle is set in motion, the process starts, which can dominate many things thus resulting into the DOMINOs effect. Success in a small event will trigger your body ecosystem towards positivity; then this positivity will encourage you for next small thing which is in line with your bigger goal. The principles of Psychology, comes to the forefront. The, paradigm, that “Success is Contagious” becomes a reality. A time comes when these ‘Linear Successes” get into a “Geometric Progressions” of unimaginable quantum. We all appreciate someone who has a lot of knowledge but forget that actually it has been gained over a period of time. Same stands true for a skilled person who has honed his craft with lot of labour and time devotion. Success is built sequentially. It’s, one thing, at a time. The MOON is reachable if you prioritize everything and put all of your energy into accomplishing the most important thing i.e. “One thing that matters”, then the next “one thing”, and the next and the next and it creates a “Halo Effect” and finally the success starts finding one’s LAP. Its power is endless.
Not everyone and every situation that we come across in our lives matter. It is one Mission; One Skill; One Passion and One Person whom you feel like emulating and that is what matters the most ” . One thing in your work – and in your life – is the simplest and the smartest thing you can do to propel yourself towards the success one dreams of. It’s the only fundamental truth. The one thing becomes difficult because we have unfortunately brought into too many others and more often these” Other Things” muddle our thinking, misguide our actions and finally sidetrack our success.
When our lives are defined by our choices, then we are often confronted with important questions and one among them being how do we make good ones i.e. the one thing , at a time, and that too which matters the most. When everything seems urgent and important, everything seems equal. As Henry Thoreau said” It’s not enough to be busy, so are the ants. Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke duly noted, that the things which are most important don’t always scream the loudest. One has to feel them. For feeling one needs to focus and focussing will take you to the most important link to the endless chain of ‘One Thing What Matters’ sequentially. Success is not the game won by whosoever does the most but which “One Thing” will matter the most. Achievers operate differently. They don’t do different things but do the things differently by turning a to- do- list into a success list by deciding what matters the most at any given moment on any given day.
A to-do-list becomes a success list when Pareto’s principle of 80/20 is applied to it. This rule is as real as “Law of Attraction” and yet most people fail to see the gravity of it. The 80/20 rule asserts that a minority of causes, inputs, or efforts usually lead to a majority of results, outputs or rewards; be it life, profession, wealth or even in investing. Right inputs create most of the outputs which means that majority of what we want comes from minority of what one does i.e. the essential one and the imperative one. “think big but Start small is the Mantra. Breaking bigger tasks into small but manageable ones is the elixir behind much pursued success as the human mind cannot focus on two things at a time. One can’t do everything right. Small steps in the right direction are better than big ones in the wrong direction. One can’t change one’s life until change happens in the mundane work. The secret of success is found in your daily routine. Voltaire once wrote, “Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers. Sir Francis Beacon added, “A prudent question is one- half of wisdom. Indira Gandhi concluded ,”the power to question is the basis of all human progress” and it also is the basis of “Socratic Method of Teaching which says that sometimes the questions are more important than the answers. To conclude, the fact remains that, “the one thing” is to be identified sequentially to “What matters “for one’s journey to success.