The ONE Thing About Willpower

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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty

After watching Chris Smith's recent invterview with Gary Keller and understanding his genuine desire to reach out to real estate people, I have a new respect for him and where he has taken his company. Certainly The ONE Thing is an epistle to the 21st century work force who suffers from technology-induced ADD.

But it also addresses other issues that need the attention of just ONE thing, and willpower is the one that spoke the loudest to me. It reminded me of the speakers who instruct business people to make a TO DO list for the next day. Do the most difficult items first.

Wow. Gary pointed out why to do the most difficult ones first without ever referencing a list or a plan at all. Have you ever thought about your willpower and when you are at your best? That's when you need to tackle the ONE most important thing you have to do today.

It's a kind of take off on the analogy of the 'big rocks.' Put those in the jar first, and the little ones will fill in around it. What's the BIG rock, the ONE rock that you need to put in your jar tomorrow? Take care of that one and all the little rocks will settle in around it, but you will have the satisfaction of taking care of the MOST important item on your list.

Studies have been done to determine what we need for willpower and nutrition definitely enters into it. Also, time of day - like low blood sugar - can lead to low willpower. Students who had to memorize a seven-digit number had less willpower to choose a healthy snack then the ones who only had to memorize a two-digit number.

We tend to think of ourselves as limitless beings - at least I have been guilty of this, not taking into account the fact that any act of willpower is draining and that there are many things that happen during the day to dwindle it. Sure, we can recharge, but that takes time and busy schedules may not allow for it. So consider this a healthy reminder - do the most difficult task on your schedule the very first thing in the morning, when your willpower is at its peak.

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agreed, I like your insight on this and loved the three chapters I read as well. So much so I bought the book and looking forward to all of it

Apr 29, 2013 07:34 PM #1
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do the most difficult task on your schedule the very first thing in the morning, when your willpower is at its peak.  -- this make perfect sense.  It also would reduce the level of anxiety.

Apr 29, 2013 07:41 PM #2
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David, it is one book I am going to read as well.

Joan, yes, what anxiety is reduced when that bad boy is checked off the To Do list!

Apr 29, 2013 07:43 PM #3
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that book is hot as it can be and it was highly recommended by all of the folks here in kw

Apr 29, 2013 08:07 PM #4
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Mark, after watching the interview with Gary, I now understand his motivation writing all these books and I think it's great! Yes, this is one hot book :)

 

Apr 29, 2013 08:15 PM #5
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All tasks are difficult if you procrastinate. I usually tackle the most time sensitive tasks first. Sometimes the smallest rocks create the most difficult tasks,

Apr 29, 2013 08:17 PM #6
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Bill, yes, procrastination goes with lack of willpower.

Apr 29, 2013 08:30 PM #7
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Hi Sharon, I just finished writing my blog on this chapter, and it opened my eyes to a few things on managing my WillPower, I think that these tips will make a huge difference.

Apr 29, 2013 11:45 PM #8
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The book was a great read and I got a couple of nuggets that I will use going forward. Anytime I can take away anything from what I read, the read was a success.

Apr 30, 2013 02:10 AM #9
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You have inspired me, Sharon. I am getting off AR right now and tackling the challenging tasks first. Thanks!

Apr 30, 2013 04:21 AM #10
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Bob, now I know that the items that require optimum willpower must be tackled early if at all possible!

Joe, my sentiments exactly!

Gary, so happy to have inspired you :)

 

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Sharon, The book brought many ahha's to us. I for one was not as greatly impacted but will try to carve out uninterrupted time to stay on task to be more efficient.

May 01, 2013 05:02 AM #12
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Debbie, like Joe said, if I get one thing out of a book, then it's worth it.

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