Once you ask and answer the Focusing Question, the next step you need to take will become a lot clearer, as it shows you your immediate priority. Ask yourself this question whenever you feel stressed, confused, or overwhelmed, and you will uncover the right path for you.
Understand the premise of the Focusing Question, “What is the ONE Thing I can do such that by doing it, everything else will be easier or unnecessary?”
This question will help you answer big picture questions such as, “Where am I going in life?” as well as small focus questions such as, “What should I do right now to achieve what I want?”
Tailor the Focusing Question to your needs.
The Focusing Question can be applied to any area of life. For example, if you want to achieve success in your career, you can ask yourself, “What is the ONE Thing I can do to further my career?” If you want to better your personal life, you can ask yourself, “What is the ONE Thing I can do to find more time for myself?”
Start each day by asking yourself the Focusing Question.
This will help you establish this action as a habit—remember, it takes 66 days (on average) to turn an action into a habit. Plus, asking yourself this question at the start of every day will help direct you down the right path for the day.
Set reminders and recruit support to keep you on track.
Place a sign that says, “Until my ONE Thing is done, everything else is a distraction,” at your work desk to remind you to complete your ONE Thing. Place notes with reminders like “The ONE Thing = Extraordinary Results” in your workspace. You can even enlist the help of your family, friends, and colleagues to keep you on track.