I made a New Year’s Resolution and have been trying it out. It is based on principles from two sources:
The foundation of my resolution is from The One Thing, and it’s related to work. The One Thing’s main premise (my words) is that while we all strive to do many, many things (again, I’m talking work here) there is ONE THING, one activity, that if done well, drives successful results more than all the other things that we think we need to do – including things we want to do, maybe things we think only we can do… The ONE THING acts like the proverbial “first domino” in the sequence to results. I have found that ONE THING for me, and am doing my best to apply discipline every day toward accomplishing it.
And this is where the second principle comes into play – the idea that Ego is the Enemy.
In order to focus on the ONE THING, I have to put my ego aside because my ego is happiest doing MANY things. My ego reminds me that I am good at more than just the ONE THING, and my ego (all of me really) feels stimulated when I do many things. Plus, my ego loves demonstrating to others my wide range of expertise and wisdom – when I do, my body is flooded with pleasant hits of dopamine!
So, the second principle requires that I put my ego’s desires on hold until I’ve accomplished enough of the ONE THING.
This seems to be working. Of course, it’s just January 20th.