I listened to an audiobook a couple of summers ago and have continued re-listening to it every year because it's so powerful to me. The book's title is called "The One Thing". A fitness influencer I have been following over the last couple years suggested reading it so I gave it a shot. Little did I know the impact this book would have on my perspective in life (not just in the gym).
In summary, this book's main point is that there is only one thing that is necessary to achieve extraordinary results. This one thing isn't necessarily the biggest or most complex. To explain this point, the author talks about the domino effect. The domino effect meaning there is one domino that sets off a chain of events (dominos) and can yield extraordinary powerful results. When you focus on "The One Thing" your focus comes into balance and everything else seems unnecessary.
I'll be the first to admit that I still don't understand/comprehend all the implications involved with this theory. However, I have started seeing some positive energy emerge in my life as a result of following this philosophy. To me, this philosophy can be brought back to any area in life: spiritual, wellness, health, financial, business, and work. Recently, I connected this process to a verse from the Bible. Forgive me if it's not the exact wording but the verse appears in one the gospels. Jesus is at Mary and Martha's house. Martha is busy doing all house work and Mary is just hanging with Jesus in the living room. Martha goes up to Jesus and says 'doesn't it seem unfair that i'm doing all the work and Mary is just sitting there?' Jesus replies "Mary has chosen the one thing that is necessary and it will not be taken from her". To me, the one thing that is necessary in this passage is relationship with Jesus. According to the book, this one thing is the domino that will set everything else in motion.
Take this concept and apply it to every other area in your life. This brand is fitness related so I will give a wellness analogy. Many times people focus on all these insignificant factors when it comes to getting in shape. In reality, there are a couple things that yield the majority of the results. Consistency in these areas is what really matters. How can you get 2-4 focused exercise sessions/per week, eat at the appropriate caloric intake level, and get adequate sleep on a consistent basis? The answer is different for everyone depending on lifestyle factors and individual blueprints. In my mind, 'the one thing' in the fitness world is not a diet, exercise program, or secret supplement. It's a question based around these key areas. That question is "What's the one thing that I can do each day that will make me more consistent with nutrition/exercise/stress management?" It has nothing to do with being perfect. Actually in my mind, having time periods when you aren't perfect will lead to greater results over time.
In the world of nutrition, there will be ONE thing that helps you create the appropriate caloric intake and macro nutrient consumption for your goal. For some this might be counting calories whereas for others this might be using guided portions. In the world of exercise, there will be one thing that helps you train 2-4 times per week. For some this might be Crossfit, for others this might be cardiovascular based activity with minimal resistance training (so on so forth). In the world of stress management, there will be one thing that helps you get more sleep or recover better during the day. For some this might be creating a nighttime routine or having times throughout the day for naps. For others this might be yoga, stretching, or other strategies that help create recovery. The point being, there is only one thing that you need to focus on for each habit to gain momentum. You don't have to worry about tons of different rules and regulations. Instead, take that energy and focus on finding your ONE THING.
Lastly, I want to discuss the concept of consistency instead of perfection. This mindset combined with your ONE THING will help you develop serious results. It's called "Never Miss Twice". Let's say you go out with your friends and have some drinks and accidentally (or purposely eat an entire pizza). Because it only happened ONCE we can use this to our advantage. Enjoy that night, get adequate sleep, and use those calories to have a kick ass workout the next day. If you reframe 'missing the mark' on your fitness you will be able to get back on track and not have two 'mistakes' in a row. The majority of the damage in our fitness journey comes from trying to be perfect, failing, and then binging (multiple 'mistakes' in a row) as a result. When we miss the mark, we need to understand that is part of the process. We aren't aiming for perfection so there is nothing to feel bad or guilty about and we can get back on track. Once you make this realization, life becomes a whole lot simpler.
I want to encourage you to use the power of the one thing in every area of your life, reframe your mindset around the concept of perfection, and enjoy life like never before! If you have specific questions or want to bounce some ideas off of me please hit the button below. It's a lot easier to navigate through nutrition, exercise, and stress management when you have someone in your corner. I'd love to be that person for you!