The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results Hardcover – April 1, 2013

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Simple Guide to Trick your Mind to Bypass your Comfort Zone [R]

2 months, 1 week agostepnostep posted submission on DecidingToBeBetter.
Jan. 17, 2020

Hey guys, short introduction. 24yo m with nearly 5 years of experience in personal development. Used to be shy, introverted and quiet guy zero friends, loser. One day decided to work on myself to put myself socially, and through hard work and dedication am able to create an awesome network of friends that i love to hang out with, able to talk to girls and even managed to have my first girlfriend few years back (coming from a guy that is least expected to have one), travelled around the country. Now loving my job as a life coach and online business owner, managed to escape the rat-race 9-5 (i lasted two months in the working world), working towards building my dream life. This all came true because of personal development and the things i am about to share in this post.

Anyways enough about me, back to you guys. Here are some tips that I want to share about how to break your comfort zone. Why is breaking your comfort so important? What you basically want out of your life is out of your comfort zone, so if you want to get what you want in life - be it financial abundance, dating abundance, dream job, etc etc. Lets face it, if you were able to get what you want, you would have achieved your goals and dreams by now but the reality is this:

Current place|------------------------------------------------------ |Dream life

So in order to reach your dream life, you must push past the comfort zone and become the person in order for you to reach your dream life. But sometimes the gap between where we are from our current place to our dream life is so big that we cannot even see it ever closing.

The process = taking action. But we are scared to take action, because the action is out of our comfort zone.

What changed was implementing this principle called Kaizen, which was a concept I got from this book: Let me help you save $5 and just tell you what's written. Basically it's about taking so small steps that you brain does not register it as a threat. When we take big, massive action or implement massive change - we usually get temporary results but what happens is that you bounce back and backslide. We want to have a big vision, of your dream life and take very small steps every single day that are easy and accomplishable.

E.g. Going to the gym vs going to the gym for 5 mins. Starting a blog vs Writing one bad blog post and expect to get lots of hate for it.

Which is easier, the big scary goal - or the goal expecting yourself to fail. You will fail. You should fail, and using Kaizen is a way to bypass the fear of failure. You won't get the immediate result, but you will get progress and what matters is progress than perfection. Anyways let me know what you guys think, welcoming all opinions.


2 months, 1 week agostepnostep posted comment on DecidingToBeBetter.
Jan. 18, 2020

Sure. 5 years ago my life was in an utter mess. I tried to focus on getting everything fixed and that blew up in my face - health, relationships, finance, meditation, etc you name it. Then about 6 months to a year in - I read this book:

How I applied this book was to brainstorm all the things I needed to do and just picked one to work on which was just making friends in general (at university at that time) and say fuck all the other things because I was "chasing two rabbits and catching none". Focused on that and only that using the steps outlined above, for a year or so then moved on to the next pillar.

I Follow This Method Whenever My Brain Is struggling With A Complicated Task. I Thought It Is Worth Sharing With The Community. [R]

2 months, 2 weeks agoHotSauceZee posted submission on Entrepreneur.
Jan. 11, 2020

As an entrepreneur, I felt stuck countless times during project development. You might have experienced this feeling yourself, I bet.

Regardless if it is work-related or in a personal endeavour, you usually start projects very enthusiastically.

However, when a specific task feels too overwhelming, you tend to lose focus, procrastinate, and sometimes even question your very decision of pursuing a career in your current field.

I want to share with you a simple way that will greatly help you overcome technically-challenging tasks.

Whether you are writing the lyrics of your next song, drafting a business plan, or developing software, applying this method will help you finish your most complicated tasks.

I call this method: Elementary Task In Progress (ETIP).

What do I mean by elementary? By definition, an elementary task is a very simple and basic task that is hardly broken down into smaller, easier steps.

The task in progress should always be elementary so that its execution is straightforward.

Let me clarify this further by asking you a question: “What is the most basic step you can do to get closer to finishing your complicated task?”

Identify that step. Turn it into a task on its own. Work on it. That’s your ETIP.

If you are stuck in your project because the task in progress is too complicated, chances are, your task is not an ETIP. Turn it into an ETIP by applying the following steps:

  • Break the task in progress into simpler, more basic steps.
  • For each individual step, break it up even further until it is in its most elementary form. This is your ETIP.
  • Pick the first ETIP and start working on it.
  • Once done with your first ETIP, move to the next one.

Neverwork on a task that is not an ETIP!

Remember, the task in progress should always be so elementary that its execution is straightforward.

Do you feel that your next task is too complicated? Time to break it down into ETIPs.

Use the ETIP method every time a task feels too overwhelming. Break your task into basic and simple steps that you can execute easily.

While it is almost unavoidable that you will encounter challenging and complex projects that are made up of complicated tasks, you should not work on a task unless you make sure its completion is simple.

The ETIP method will help you to always progress in completing your projects no matter how big the challenges you are faced with.

I hope this advice will be helpful to you. Let me know your thoughts in the comment section.

2 months, 2 weeks agoHotSauceZee posted comment on Entrepreneur.
Jan. 11, 2020

For those who are interested in this mindset there is a really good book called "The One Thing" by Gary Keller that talks about it. I found it a very good read.

The more tasks I have, the slower I become [R]

5 months, 4 weeks agoTheWilsons posted submission on sysadmin.
Oct. 4, 2019

Good morning,

We, sysadmins, have times when we don't really have nothing to do but maintenance. BUT, there are times when it seems like chaos comes out of nowhere. When I have a lot of tasks to do, I tend to get slower. The more tasks I have pending, the slower I become. I cannot avoid to start thinking about 3 or 4 different problems at the same time, and I can't focus! I only have 2 years of experiences as sysadmin.

Do you guys experience the same?


5 months, 4 weeks agoTheWilsons posted comment on sysadmin.
Oct. 4, 2019

Read this book.

Read this in a book today. Trust me, it gets easier. [R]

11 months, 4 weeks agogazzik posted submission on NoFap.
April 7, 2019

Read this in a book today. Trust me, it gets easier. [R]

11 months, 4 weeks agogazzik posted submission on NoFap.
April 7, 2019

Read this in a book today. Trust me, it gets easier. [R]

11 months, 4 weeks agogazzik posted submission on NoFap.
April 7, 2019

Read this in a book today. Trust me, it gets easier. [R]

11 months, 4 weeks agogazzik posted submission on NoFap.
April 7, 2019

[NeedAdvice] Overwhelmed by all the things I need to do to fix my life [R]

1 year agoDowntownOrenge posted submission on getdisciplined.
March 9, 2019


YOU GUYS ARE JUST FUCKING AWESOME. I am reading so much great advice and feeling a lot less alone thanks to you all. It seems there are many of you just like me and I wish we could all have a party (we'd most definitely wait until the last minute to plan and it would suck though). I intend on responding to every comment as I appreciate them all so much, it just may take me awhile. I could very well waste the entire day talking with you guys, ha. My heart is full with comradery and I thank you all.

Every time I go to post something on Reddit, I spend way too much time trying to put my words together, analyze the shit out of it and usually end up deleting. But I need help so I'm just going to go for it.

I have a massive problem with procrastination, motivation, and self-discipline. I am 32 and have 2 kids, one 3 and the other 10. I am a professional photographer on the brink of having a sustainable business, but I have no doubt if I don't fix these issues, I will fail. Please excuse my scattered thoughts. I must ignore the urge to critique my prose so I can get this out and start fixing myself.

I love notebooks and planners and pens. I love making lists. I actually get really excited to make lists, but when I finally sit down to do them, I write the same fucking 6 things that are probably on 5 other unfinished lists in 5 other planners, and then go blank. It's gotten to the point where I am becoming MORE disorganized as I try to get things together. I don't know how many times I've legitimately thought, "Yes, this is the planner I need to finally get my shit together." I know this sounds so dumb. I even got a custom-made one once with my name on it and everything. It currently sits on my bookshelf, barely written in. I found bullet journaling and loved the concept, but waited so long to attempt it because I didn't want to fuck it up. I tried phone apps, but I just find pen and paper better for me. My biggest problem is that when I do have a chunk of free time, I obsess over how to best use the time and then just piss it away with the anxiety of not doing anything.

I get overwhelmed with how to organize lists and how to prioritize what I need to do. I should probably mention my family and I are going through a terrible time financially right now, my credit is fucked, and it's really difficult to see the light deep down in this hole. Without going on too much of a tangent, my husband and I have had a very rough couple of years. He was the one working a conventional job while I worked to build my business, but then had a pretty bad mental breakdown and quit his job. I wasn't too worried at the time because I was starting to make really good money and was so damned close to getting my LLC. But with his breakdown came horrible fighting, causing my anxiety to skyrocket and I just started to lose my shit. I went to therapy for awhile, but stopped going before doing what I really wanted to do which was EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). My husband should've been in therapy when this all started, but it was just another thing I was going to have to take responsibility of if I ever expected to get him to go. It never happened, even though it could very well have kept us out of our current situation. I won't go into that in this post because it's just too much.

So! I NEED TO FIX MYSELF. I'm getting older, fast, along with my children, and I cannot bear to wake up at 60 defeated by my neuroses and unaccomplished.

I bury my head in the sand no matter how dire the problem. I've always had the mentality of "It'll be okay, I'll fix all this when I have money, stability, time, etc..." Which is so stupid! How do I expect to get those things when I put everything off that will get me those things. I feel crazy. And just for clarification, I can really kick some ass when I finally get past the anxiety hurdles. but then I go really hard and end up burning out resulting in weeks- or months-long breaks from reality. And then I'm back where I started. It's a shitty, shitty cycle.

I love what I do so much and I feel extremely grateful that I found a passion that can very feasibly also be my career. So why do I keep putting off doing what I love? When I'm actually doing it and accomplishing, I am SO happy. I have the same exact issue with exercise and eating right. When I get over the mountains I create in my mind, I ask myself why I waited and try to keep that mindset. But as soon as something falls apart, I throw it all into a box and ignore it. It's a very all-or-nothing mentality and it sucks. Combine all the this with monumental mom guilt (heh mom-umental) and you have a barely functioning member of society. Oh! I've also dealt with depression for the last 17 years. I take Prozac, but I also drink too much when things get really intense and we all know how good alcohol is for curing your problems. I KNOW it makes me MORE depressed, defeats the purpose of my meds, AND makes everything worse. But it fEeLs GoOd FoR lIkE aN hOuR. (I am familiar with r/stopdrinking and it's an amazing community I plan to visit more frequently)

As you can probably tell, I'm pretty fucking frustrated with myself. I want to change. I know I need to go back to therapy, but another thing I put off is making appointments of any kind.

Ok. I think I've finally gotten at least the fundamental issues down in words and that feels good. That's a start. I only discovered Reddit a few months ago and I want so desperately to use it for good, rather than wasting my life in r/trashy and the endless porn. Thank you for reading/advising.

Edit: some words

Edit edit: So a lot of people have suggested ADHD. I probably should have mentioned I was, in fact, diagnosed with ADD in 2012 and have taken different meds off and on since then, depending on insurance situations. I'm prescribed Adderall and I LOVE it. It helps me so much.

HOWEVER, 2 things I need to address: A. while it gives me the energy and focus to commit to a task and see it through, there's like this stupid asshole version of me inside my mind that is above the physiological benefits of the drug. Asshole me fights to the fucking death when it comes to get shit done vs. avoid absolutely everything. I will clean my entire apartment down to the baseboards before I'll do the actual important things. I wait for the perfect opportunity to completely emerge in any kind of work. I fantasize about how focused I'll be because I have my trusty Adderall, and about how much I'm capable of getting done...but I build it up so much in my mind and it becomes just absolutely daunting.

Secondly, I have a problem with addiction. I am constantly looking for something to make and keep me happy, whether that be caffeine, Adderall, alcohol, weed, fucking FIZZY WATER (when I'm trying to not drink at all and be super health-conscious)....anything consumable that I can mentally attribute to being in a "better" state of mind. I find such comfort in having SOMETHING to look forward to. When I don't have anything, I get sad.

1 year agoDowntownOrenge posted comment on getdisciplined.
March 9, 2019

These are classic struggles of people with ADHD... I'm not diagnosing you but I would definitely recommend getting evaluated r/adhd

Also, this book might help you

Podcasts or books on “juggling”? [R]

1 year agoOptimatron posted submission on productivity.
March 4, 2019

I feel like I can’t try to build multiple aspects of my life without the disappointment from one setback from bleeding into the time I should be spending on the other goals I set for myself.

I feel like if I become disillusioned with one goal, I let it take my energy away from the success or drive of my others.

Anyone know of any good books on how to juggle things like academic success, career success, and social/romantic fulfillment without taking from the others?

1 year agoOptimatron posted comment on productivity.
March 5, 2019

I think that these books and podcasts will be of help to you, though you'll have to dig around for the specific portions / episodes which apply directly to your issue.



I can never get in the get up and go mood naturally that speed puts you in... [R]

2 years, 4 months agoNov. 25, 2017

The whole reason I did this drug was because without it I just don't want to do anything, I can never ever get in the mood to do shit, my depression leaves me stuck in the mud not being able to move.

Is it even possible to have this mindset of speed naturally - the mindset where you think "oh shit I have the energy, now let's get my life together" - when i'm sober I never actually feel this way, instead I have to force myself not wanting to do anything - but I find that's not the way it should be - you should want to do stuff not force yourself because you don't want to.

This is the problem - I don't feel fatigued or tired - I have the energy to feed myself but important stuff like college work just doesn't get done without the drug - I just can't be asked.

Speed is like petrol in a way - I can survive but literally can't move in life without it, my tank is empty, i'm bored but have no fuel to get on in life.

2 years, 2 months agoLDRSHICMS posted comment on StopSpeeding.
Jan. 11, 2018

Your standards are off kilter. Here is what I think happens: we are exposed to an alternative mode of operation; an artificial one. Artificial energy, artificial motivation, artificial focus, etc. Once you experience that your brain thinks, hey this is awesome I want to be this way all the time, because I can.

But you can't. It is artificial. So when you remove the catalyst, all you are left with is expectations. Hey I should be able to write 3000 lines of code today like I did when I was on adderall. Hey, I should be able to completely clean out the entire garage and reorganize it into perfectly symmetrically labeled and alphabetically organized totes. Once you realize that you are only capable of a petty fraction of what your stimulant self was, this is where the depression sets in. I think this harrows of the human condition. We want to be capable of so much more than we are and honestly it only makes sense that a human being has so much trouble coping after experiencing consciousness with hyper-elevated functioning capacity. We want to be that way normally.

Try to keep expectations and priorities in check. Remember even on stimulants you get scatterbrained and while you most certainly do have the ability to do the 100+ "GREAT IDEAS" that come up in your head, if you actually try to do them all even on a stim you wont get them all done. You have to be realistic, focus your focus, and don't let yourself get depressed when you are't accomplishing as much as you think you would be able to get done on a stim. Look into The One Thing book or Eat that Frog for more ideas on how really we do not have to do as much as we think we need to on a daily basis to feel satisfied in our accomplishments.

Also try to remember the longer that you go without it, the better your body adapts to different, healthier fuel. :)

Expert in 14 Months: Ironman, EDM Production, Freestyle Football, Machine Learning, Spanish, Guitar, Salsa, Calisthenics - Week 5 [R]

2 years, 10 months agoDavidJohnsonORD posted submission on expertinayear.
May 14, 2017

I went to a salsa beginner class an embarrassed myself. Turns out I have no idea how to lead. It's pretty awkward. I'm going to have to start dancing with a partner sooner rather than later.

I've started messing around with a few strumming techniques on the guitar, it's one of the skills I'm really looking forward to being good at.

Made significant improvements for my triathlon training. I knocked over 8 minutes off my 5km run time in one month. It was a bigger improvement than I was expecting.

It feels like I haven't made much progress but I made my one month video recently and it turns out I am improving. I think month 2 will be much better if I can sustain the higher rate of training.

2 years, 10 months agoDavidJohnsonORD posted on expertinayear.
May 15, 2017

I really like how motivated you are in going after all of these. I will say, from expereince of doing the same thing (learning German, Mandarin, Acoustic guitar, swing dancing, hydraulic engineering all at once), I'm concerned you are going to burn out or make little progress in each of these. A book that helps me refocus on one project is The One Thing. I've moved the same effort and focus one project at a time and gotten amazing results.

I hope you can prove me wrong, but I hit a wall at week 8. Best of luck!!

One of the leading causes of my anxiety, is my productivity system. I have a system, but it's difficult to track daily, quickly and on the fly. Are there any folks who keep their tools to a minimum to track their goals, schedule, projects, etc? [R]

3 years, 6 months agoSept. 17, 2016

I should give some context I guess. I just came back from counseling last night (I have anxiety) and was told by my counselor that while I have too many things to keep track of to maintain my lifestyle, relationships, projects, school, goals, etc. He informed me that my current system of doing things is actually impeding me since it can be tricky to track it ( I sometimes do lose track of keeping tabs on my apps, notebooks, etc), and told me the obvious - that a system is there to help you, not impede you. It's your basis. The fundamentals. You shouldn't do mental gymnastics to live. It's equivalent to exercise, nutrition and sleeping.

I got it, finally. I guess it's time to cut some stuff down. Right now I have:

  • A Notebook: It's massive. It's meant to track a to do list, but also things that just kind of come on the fly (i.e. interesting notes from conversations, food and wine tastings, recipe improvements for dishes and cocktails, and a self-analysis section where I break down why I'm feeling a certain way, how I can improve something in my routine, etc.) This is something that I feel can be replaced but by what, I'm not sure. I've thought about evernote but I'm afraid of space restraints. Then again, I don't ever check back on previous note I've written in my notebooks. So there's that.

  • Workflowy: I write my goals and break them down here.

  • Google Cal: This is probably going to stay. I use this for appointments, events, etc. tends to coincide with my notebook as important tasks from the book will get logged in here by being given a timespan to do them in. I don't do this for all of my tasks, just important ones.

  • HabitBull: For habit tracking tbh.

I guess productivity tools are equivalent to a "social media routine" - when we check facebook, we don't JUST check facebook, we go ahead and shove ourselves into Instagram, then Snapchat, then Reddit, etc. I need to find a similar "routine" that I can zip in and out of quickly and get a good overview of the day.

3 years, 6 months agoVuddah posted on productivity.
Sept. 17, 2016

My mantra is "simplify." I'm no productivity guru and my life isn't too demanding (I'm 25, work is easy but I'm moonlighting with the intention of start a MUSE as defined by Tim Ferriss, which is where my system is focused.)

  • Google Cal to set hard appointments.
  • Evernote for any kind of note I want to keep.
  • Note cards that I throw away at the end of the day for daily todo.
  • A Commonplace box (this is the game changer for me)

Every sunday is my "review" day where I go through evernote, google cal, and whatever portion of my commonplace box with the intent to simplify. Every week I find more and more I can cut out or reorganize in a way that is more effective.

I think a piece of psychological advice that really helped me was the idea that you should commit to one big, huge goal. One. And when you commit to one big yes, in order to protect it, you have to say 1,000 No's.

I'm not really going to read War and Peace, or use that traditional tea drinking guide I saved on reddit. I may in the future, but for now, I'm focused on my One Thing.

Check out, The One Thing if that idea resonates with you.

Are there any other single women out there in their 40's who feel completely lost and useless? [R]

3 years, 7 months agoepistle_to_dippy posted submission on DecidingToBeBetter.
Aug. 13, 2016
3 years, 7 months agoepistle_to_dippy posted on DecidingToBeBetter.
Aug. 14, 2016

The ONE Thing

Read it. It is good for personal goals as well as professional.

What are some books that every engineer should read? [R]

3 years, 8 months agoreburthed21 posted submission on engineering.
July 31, 2016
3 years, 8 months agoreburthed21 posted on engineering.
Aug. 1, 2016

The ONE Thing by Gary Keller

This book has helped me prioritize my professional life more than any other book. Every engineer should read this book to understand how to capitalize on their time. I have read dozens of self-help books and this is the only one I return to.

It is a little discouraging that 40 pounds of weight loss is barely noticeable, but I know that if I continue keto, a regular-sized body is inevitable. [R]

4 years, 9 months agoGenosHK posted submission on keto.
June 26, 2015
4 years, 9 months agoGenosHK posted on keto.
June 26, 2015

Is there another book with the same title? I've heard a lot about this one: The ONE Thing Book by Gary W. Keller and Jay Papasan