The Rule of One

Most of you, at times will be overwhelmed by the number of things you need to accomplish in a 24 hour day. If you feel exhausted by the sheer number of things you need to do in a given day,  you are not alone. All of us go through this at one point of time or another.

 Change is hard. Changing many things at once can be overwhelming and that’s where most people fail. They are overwhelmed mentally even before they even start. A year goes by and their goals remain nothing but figures and images continually spinning around in their mind. 
The rule of One ascribes to one working on one goal at a time and taking on another goal only when one has made the present goal a habit or if you are convinced that you will not let go of the foot on  the accelerator. I have realised that this is more practical than working on many goals at the same time and faltering with all of them.
Some of the goals you set  in your life could be – 
1.Wake up early
2.Get into an exercise regime
3.Clear all that credit card debt
4.Eat healthy
5.Kick a bad habit
6.Spend more time with your family.
Rank your Goals in order of importance:The first rule of thumb is to prioritise your Goals in terms of which one is the most important and critical for your well being. Once you have decided on that goal, say losing weight,  you need to put down an action plan  and start working on it immediately. I would suggest you to write this goal in your book with a clear time frame as to when you would like it to be accomplished. There is magic in writing your goals and this will shortly be the subject matter of a different article.
Focus on that one goal:It is easy to focus on one goal at a time rather than many. Experience has taught me that even if one trips while working on one goal it is not a big challenge to get back on track.It could however prove to be insurmountable if  one is working on many goals simultaneously. Therefore the secret is to work on one goal at a time diligently. Course correction is easier when we falter on one thing at a time rather than many at a time. This might take a couple of days or weeks but remember that at the end of the day the satisfaction one gets in achieving your goals  is beyond compare.
Fail proof your progress:Set a realistic time frame whilst working on your goals. Ensure that you are ready with the next goal when the present goal  has become a habit and is about to reach a stage where it will become a part of your life. This is where i have realised that writings down one’s goals in the old fashioned way really plays a significant role. In the present era of tablets/smart phones, taking a white sheet of paper and writing your goals down is far more precise than keying it in the digital medium. It’s not that I am against using  electronic gadgets.  On the contrary I would have not  been able to do carry out my  workday without them. Sometimes though with something like goal setting, one needs to experience the habit of writing it down in the old fashioned way.Personally, i feel more connected when I write things down physically.
Remember that by doing this you will fall in the 1% category of people who work on a goal, write it down and start working on it diligently irrespective of whether they have all the resources to achieve the end result. Many people indulge in goal setting especially during the new year, birthdays or  anniversaries. They will be charged up for a few days and slowly run out of steam over a period of a week or so.
Personally i have come across people who have multiple goals in mind and at the end of the day they will most likely falter in all the goals, thereby joining the remaining 99% of people who do not work with any goals.
I would like to challenge you to work on any one goal which is critical and which will have a huge impact on your life. It could be with health, relationship or in any other sphere of your life. Pick up the learning’s from this article and work on it from today. I can guarantee you that within a short period of time you will experience the amazing power of the Rule of One and in a matter of no time will be on your way towards working on bigger goals in your life.
I sincerely hope this article has  put you on the path of achieving all the goals which you have been putting off for a long time. Would love to hear from you on whether you agree or disagree with my thoughts with respect to the Rule of one on Goal setting.
Have a great day and a super weekend.