One Thing

For the past week or two, I’ve been reading the book “The One Thing” by Gary Keller.

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book when I checked it out from the library aside from the fact that it kept showing up on Amazon and was recommended by a few people I admire.

From the first few pages, I knew that this was a book that needed to be read slowly. A book that has so much wisdom and that by flying through it, I was afraid that I would miss something important.

Today I was reading Chapter 10 called “the focusing question”. While I was already familiar with this concept, I wanted to share it with you because I loved the way that it is described in this book.

Clarity must come from us. It seems we must envision our own journey’s, make our own maps, and create our own compasses. To get the answers we week, we have to invent the right questions-and we’re left to devise our own. So how to you do this? How do you come up with uncommon questions that take you to uncommon answers?

You ask one question: the focusing Question

Anyone who dreams of an uncommon life eventually discovers there is no choice but to seek an uncommon approach to living it. The focusing question is that uncommon approach. In a world of no instructions, it becomes the simple formula for finding exceptional answers that lead to extraordinary results.

What’s the one thing I can do

such that by doing it

everything else will be easier or

unnecessary?

Good question, right? Take a few minutes to close your eyes and really think about it.

You might not be able to do everything perfectly, or accomplish each task on your to-do list.

However, once you are able to identity your “one thing” the other things seem to become much simpler.

P.S. If you haven’t read the book, feel free to check it out here

 

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What’s in my suitcase…

This post is linked to the July My Global Life Meet Up at SmallPlanetStudio.com

In a few hours I will be boarding a plane to Oakland, California. Although my past two trips to Cali were fun and full of whimsical adventures with Josh…this one is slightly different.

A few days ago Josh’s grandfather passed away and so I’ll be spending  a few days with the family before the funeral on Saturday.

Since I’ll only be gone for 6 days I’m not checking any luggage. However, here are a few pics to give you a better idea of what I packed.

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Moisturizer, shampoo, conditioner, hairspray, body spray, mascara, foundation, makeup removing wipes

Moisturizer, shampoo, conditioner, hairspray, body spray, mascara, foundation, makeup removing wipes

snacks

snacks

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What I keep in my backpack: IPad, book, water, wallet, socks, IPod, planner, notebook, pens, sunglasses

What I keep in my backpack: IPad, book, water, wallet, socks, IPod, planner, notebook, pens, sunglasses

Jeans, 4 tops, shorts, pajamas

Jeans, 4 tops, shorts, pajamas

A New Direction

I really enjoy writing about happiness, travel, entrepreneurship, innovation, creativity, and  wellness. However, on numerous occasions this week I have read and talked to people who wish that we (meaning bloggers, writers, coaches. etc) would provide more practical applications. After thinking about it for a few days I think they have a point. Don’t misunderstand me, sometimes it’s great to to read long abstract articles about happiness and what it means to live a fulfilling life. Unfortunately, I think that most of us leave those articles feeling confused about the next step and disappointed that we don’t measure up. Sometimes I get so excited about encouraging people that I leave them hanging without offering the next step. It’s as though I’m telling them to travel to LA with me without saying whether we are traveling by car, plane, or bus. They know that they want to go with me but I haven’t given them enough info to get there.

 
I am excited to see what is going to happen next and I hope that I will be able to offer more practical ideas for you. I would love to hear from you all so if you have any suggestions for blog posts or things you would like to read about please send me an email (betsy.ramser@gmail.com) or leave a comment!

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