Your ONE Thing Series – #3

Successful Does NOT Mean Disciplined

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Whenever I see a successful person, I tend to immediately think, “Wow!  That person must be a very disciplined person”.

And…let’s be honest, being disciplined is not very much fun.

In Gary Keller’s book that I am reviewing with you in this series, “The ONE Thing”, he puts forth the idea that successful people have different aspects of their lives that work very well.


Due to discipline that they have applied in their life for a short season to develop a habit.  This new habit makes a part of their life better.  Keep in mind that the discipline needed to develop a successful habit is only for a short period of time – the time that is required to ingrain the new habit.

Studies that Mr. Keller puts forth state that on average a habit takes 66 days to be ingrained.  (Some studies say that habits only take 21 days…but he doesn’t think that is quite true.)

THEN – it’s a cake walk from there on out.

THAT’s why successful people almost always appear to make it look easy!

Now you know why.


  1. Never attempt to develop two habits at once.
  2. Once you have one habit developed that is now an automatic part of your life, live with that for awhile before developing another habit.
  3. EVALUATE.  We all have different areas of our lives that we wish were better.  John Maxwell suggests that we work on our strengths.  (See previous post on this:  Since our strengths are easy…make sure they become habits that are automatic.  Think about your life.  What area of your life – that if you could make it become “automatic” would bring you the “biggest bang” for your time and effort.
  4. FOCUS.  This comes back to your ONE Thing again.  Focus on developing the habit.  Every day.  Every morning.  Every night.  Do it.  Relentlessly.

Before you know it, you can look back and go, “Wow!  I remember when I struggled with that!”

AND THEN – YOU are making it look easy!

Let me know your success stories below!  I LOVE to hear from you!

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