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Decide on One Goal

How often are our days full of just stuff, and our lives are cluttered with way to much to accomplish?

Trust me I know that mine can be.

With all this "stuff" and "clutter" that we deal with, we are constantly trying to set goals for what we want to accomplish in our lives. Coming in the near future is the new year, the time that we all set goals for what we want to accomplish the next year.

Each year millions of individuals set a goal to lose weight, get into better shape, fit into those skinny jeans, flatten that stomach… the list goes on and on.

A couple years ago I set all my goals for what I wanted to accomplish in my life for that year. My list came out to about 20 different things, from my physique to career to relationships.

I was all ready to go at the first of the year… I was so excited that I started working on all 20 items at the same time. That was a huge disaster. Everything was so new that nothing even got started. I didn’t accomplish anything for the first 6 months.

At that point I came across an idea that seemed out of this world to me. It was the idea of One Goal.

In the book The Power of Less, the other describes what he was able to accomplish in a 1 year period while following this habit based approach to goal accomplishment.

In a short period of time he was able to:
1.       Quit smoking

2.       Lose 40 pounds

3.       Write a book

4.       Start a successful blog

5.       Run a marathon

6.       Write a second book

7.       Start a second successful blog

8.       And more

The idea behind the One Goal principle is that a person only focuses on one habit for a month at a time. So for him it may have been to get up a little bit earlier each day so that he could find time to start exercising.

So for an entire month he would only focus on waking up at an earlier time, he wouldn’t worry about the other things that he wanted to accomplish the rest of the year.

When I first heard that I thought it was ridiculous to only focus on one thing at a time. I felt like nothing would ever get done. It would take way to long to reach your goals.

But then I looked back at what I had accomplished so far with all my goals. It was absolutely nothing. So my tactic wasn’t working either.

While thinking about this I decided to try it out on my clients with their goals. We started just focusing on one habit at a time. And guess what happened… more people started seeing more results.

And the weirdest part of the whole thing is that the results started coming even faster, even though we were focusing on habits at a much slower rate.

So for you and this coming year really think about what you want to accomplish. Write down everything that you want to see, then make a game plan to only focus on one thing at a time. Then get it done.

John Gibson is a Utah County personal trainer. He specializes in getting his clients rapid fat loss results.

His personal training location is in Orem Utah, in side of The Academy


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