ONE Thing

By: Coach Paul

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We have been reading the book The ONE Thing this month as coaches, which has oddly enough fell into how I have been approaching my full time position here. It is easy to get caught up in doing so many things from coaching class, to personal training and looking forward to the next day. 

As coaches we are here for your success, to be a resource you can ask questions to and seek advice from. Advice I give is from experience I have or from other people I have worked with if it is for something I have no personal experience with. My preferred method is also K.I.S. – Keep It Simple. 

So instead of trying to give endless strategies, I try to give a few options for people when I offer advice. This allows them to choose what fits to their own situation and personality, but it is always followed with one question:

What is the one thing you can do today that will set you up for success tomorrow?

By answering that question, they can take the endless list of To-Dos they had begun to create and narrow it down to the smallest domino that will have the greatest impact. A few keys to keep in mind though.

·      CAN DO

o  There is a means to accomplish this task and not a SHOULD or COULD DO

·      TODAY

o  No putting it off until tomorrow or next week. What do you have the time and energy for today?


o  It doesn’t just lend itself to relieving temporary stress, but will create building success.

Whenever members or clients come to me frustrated or overwhelmed, this is my go to question. It cuts down the gray cloud lingering over them by directing their attention to what immediate action they can take and aims their energy toward productivity.

Try it out. At the beginning of each day and at the end of each day ask yourself:

What is the one thing I can do today that will set me up for success tomorrow?

After a week let me know how the results end up. I would love to hear how it impacts your life. It has given me simple purpose for a while now.