Finding Your One Thing

“The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.”―Stephen R. Covey

“The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.”―Stephen R. Covey

There is an unforgettable scene in the 1991 American comedy film, City Sleekers, that I love, except for the vulgar four-letter word. It is the conversation between cowhand Curly, played by Jack Palance, and Mitch (played by Billy Crystal) who is in mid-life crisis. The conversation goes:

Curly: Do you know what the secret of life is? [Holds up one finger]

Mitch: No. What?

Curly: This.

Mitch: Your finger?

Curly: One thing. Just one thing. You stick to that and the rest don’t mean [bleep].

Mitch: That’s great, but, what’s the “one thing?”

Curly: [Smiles] That’s what you’ve got to figure out.

The beauty of life is that it gives us options, and that we are capable of doing an awful lot. That may however be the problem. Because we have too many options, and are capable of doing so much, we tend to stretch ourselves so thin that we do not succeed in any one area. Lack of focus is perhaps one of the biggest causes of frustration and failure.

To focus on the one thing, we must learn to say “No” to our distractions – the many, often good, things that stand in the way of our success. Staying clear of distractions helps us concentrate on the one thing that has the potential to deliver remarkable results in our lives.

What is your “one thing?” The one thing that you do best? The one thing that makes you want to jump out of bed in the morning and forget to take a lunch break? Playing to that one strength could be the difference between your life now and the life you were meant to live – a life of purpose and destiny.

And if you don’t know what your “one thing” is, then you’ve got to figure it out.

Copyright ©2014 David Waweru