Jay and Gary purposefully titled their latest book The ONE Thing, not ONLY ONE Thing. And they underlined that message at their opening session yesterday, challenging thousands of Family Reunion attendees to find focus in seven areas of their lives – Spiritual Health, Physical Health, Personal Life, Key Relationships, Job, Business and Finances. What’s the trick? Set goals and build habits in each of your most important areas of life.
Finding Your ONE Thing in Each of the Seven Buckets
Spiritual Health: It’s a fact that praying and self-talk have been found to reduce stress. In fact, people who didn’t take some reflection time prior to a stressful situation were found to have significantly higher blood pressure and stress levels than those who did. Gary suggests anchoring the habit of finding that spiritual time to a built-in part of your day – think of teaching children to pray before bedtime.
Physical Health: Physical health is an area most people struggle with, but according to Gary, it’s really pretty simple. There’s three things that effect your physical health: 1. Sleep, 2. Food, 3. Exercise. If all of these are a bit out of sort he suggests making sleep you first domino, as it undermines everything else.
Personal Life: Your personal life is where you work on developing yourself. And, what better way to do that than to get a hobby? Gary says hobbies have massive returns – more than people know – and can be thought of on 3 levels – diversion, passion and purpose.
Key Relationships: When it comes to the people that matter most to you, “you spell love T-I-M-E,” explained Gary. How? “Simple: 1. Spend time with them, 2. Communicate with them, 3. Know about them and 4. Bring something to the relationship,” he said.
Job: There are three things to look at when you’re deciding what your job focus is. First, be purposeful. People who write their goals down are 39.5% more likely to achieve them. Second, be intentional. People who time block are 91% more likely to complete a project/activity. Third, by time blocking 91% of people are more likely to get a project done. Finally, be accuracy. People are 77.6% more likely to complete their goal when they hire a coach.
Business: Believe it or not, there are 13 dominoes to knock over when you’re focusing on your business. That being said, the first eight dominoes are all aimed at knocking over No. 9. And, the final four are to retain and build No. 9. Here’s what the domino run looks like: 1. Research your opportunity, 2. Create your value proposition, 3. Define your mission, vision and values, 4. Envision your empire, 5. Build a pro forma/model, 6. Build a business plan, 7. Build an org chart, 8. Identify your 5 key empire builder positions, 9. Make the first key hire, 10. The first 90 days, 11. Run a training and coaching business, 12. Run a research department and 13. Build your company.
Finances: Gary’s key ingredients to focus on your financials are: Know where you stand and be intentional with your finances. “You need to know where you stand at all times,” he said. “The trick to success is being aware of where you are financially.”
Sounds simple enough, right? Just in case you were looking for some more concrete examples, Gary and Jay took the liberty of inviting two panels of four to share their own journeys putting The ONE Thing to work in the many areas of their lives. Here are a few highlights:
Mimi Nassif decided she wanted to be a luxury agent a week after joining KW, never having sold or listed a single property. She came to Family Reunion for the first time last year to launch a new career in real estate and become the primary provider for her family while her husband battled cancer. Rather than listen to the many who said, “No, no… you need to have five or six sales under your belt first,” Mimi stuck to her BIG thinking. “Just because you didn’t do it, doesn’t mean I can’t,” she said. Her first closing was on a million dollar home and she did $6.4 million in volume in her first year.
Scott Agnew had been writing down his health goals for years, but every day and every month he continued not giving it any attention. “Finally I got tired of seeing something I wasn’t doing daily,” he said. He realized this area of his goals sheet was stagnant because he didn’t know how to start. So he made an appointment with his doctor to get a better understanding of health and wellness. In less than a year, he transformed his physical self, which in turn has affected other areas of his life. “I went from 240 pounds and 30% body fat to weighing 205 with 12% body fat,” Scott said. “It’s a formula, and it does have a halo effect – done with work by 5 p.m., dinner with family, in bed by 10 p.m. It does carry over.”
Stay tuned for more inspiration and instruction on implementing The ONE Thing into your life, and share your story here #KWFR #theONEthing.