Find Out The Secret To Creating Your Dream Lifestyle One Step At A Time With Gary Keller

​Have you been trying hard to achieve your goals but find it hard to stay focused?  

Do you want to cling on to that one important goal in your life and avoid all kinds of distraction to achieve it? 

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​Gary Keller, author of One Thing

You have come to the right place.

​This article shares the most important secret to creating a truly fulfilling life based on the book The One Thing by Gary Keller.  

Gary Keller is the chairman of the board and co-founder of one of the largest real estate companies in the world, called Keller Williams Realty, Inc. 

He is also Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and has been a finalist for Inc. Magazine's Entrepreneur of the Year. 

In his career, Gary has helped thousands of entrepreneurs and small business owners around the world, find real success through his 4 best-sellers.

  • ​The Millionaire Real Estate Agent
  • SHIFT: How Top Real Estate Agents Tackle Tough Times
  • The Millionaire Real Estate Investor, and the latest book
  • The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results

Gary in his latest book guides aspiring individuals and business leaders ways to avoid distractions. He shares his experiences and shows how he prioritizes his work and remains focused on his goal. What makes this book a great read is that Gary helps aspiring entrepreneurs find that "one thing" in their life that makes their life worth living.

So how can individuals possibly avoid distractions sorrounding their lives, especially when they are unlimited?

Gary points out that success, in no way, means perfection.

Avoiding distractions in this day and age is an impossible feat. You cannot control every minute and every day of your life and cannot possibly have a perfect, uninterrupted day.

But what is possible is to figure out what matters most to you. Once you figure that one thing that matters in your life, you will naturally be able to eliminate all other distraction stopping you from focusing on that one goal.

Gary Keller

It is not that we have too little time to do all the things we need to do, it is that we feel the need to do too many things in the time we have.

Gary Keller

​How do you learn to focus on one thing and eliminate distractions?

Take an example from your own life. You go out to watch one of your favourite films. You are there for that ONE Thing, to watch the film.

Because you are very clear of what you want to do, you turn off your phone and grab snacks in case you get hungry. You are able to focus watch your favourite film totally uninterrupted.

This is exactly how focused you need to be when you want to get the most important work done.

You have to treat it like you are going to the movies, you have to avoid distractions and let the movie play.

In the same way when you start thinking of that
ONE Thing and spend your days focusing on that, you are able to accomplish more.

What is the best way to prioritize your work and stay focused?

Gary tells readers to find out the answer to the following question,

“What’s that ONE Thing I could do, such that by doing that everything else would become easier or unnecessary?”

Once you figure out the answer, you can time block to make it happen. It doesn't really have to be any more complicated than that.

The most amazing thing is when people actually ask themselves what matters most in their life, they always answer it very accurately because they instinctively know what matters to them most.

Gary writes in his book:

“If everyone has the same number of hours in the day, why do some people seem to get so much more done than others? How do they do more, achieve more, earn more, have more? If time is the currency of achievement, then why are some able to cash in their allotment for more chips than others?"

The answer is they make getting to the heart of things the heart of their approach.

They go small.

Going small is ignoring all the things you could do and doing what you should do.

It’s recognizing that not all things matter equally and finding the things that matter most.

It’s a tighter way to connect what you do with what you want.

It’s realizing that extraordinary results are directly determined by how narrow you can make your focus.”

Gary Keller

The People who succeed at the highest level are the people who didn't quit.

Gary Keller

What is the best way to balance your work life and relationships?

If often happens that when we start focusing on our career goals too much we miss out on giving due time to our family and loved ones.

This can lead to an unhappy and dissatisfied life. Gary offers a key advice in this matter:

“Imagine life is a game in which you are juggling five balls. The balls are called work, family, health, friends, and integrity. And you’re keeping all of them in the air. But one day you finally come to understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. The other four balls—family, health, friends, integrity—are made of glass. If you drop one of these, it will be irrevocably scuffed, nicked, perhaps even shattered.”

This shows how important it is for an individual to have work-life balance.

The people we live with and work with on a daily basis deserve our full attention.

When we give people segmented attention, piecemeal time, switching back and forth, the switching cost is higher than just the time involved.

We end up damaging relationships, and we must not let that happen.

All you have to do to live the life you have always dreamed of is to learn to focus on fewer things for more effect instead of doing more things with side effects.

Because people who concentrate on but ONE Thing at a time, truly advance in this world.

Discover the best Seller "THE One Thing" 
written by Gary Keller.

​effective rules [action plan]

In the next one hour think about all your most important goal, your main motivation in life that makes all worth it.

Once you have figured out that ONE Thing, find out all the ways you can achieve this goals and the distractions you need to avoid to reach your goal.

Pick up a goal that you are most passionate about and start working on it.


Make sure it is achievable so that you can move on to your next goal.

Give yourself a deadline, could be a month or even a year. But make sure you have ample time to achieve it.

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​Hey there, my name is Emanuele and I am the creator and editor of effectiverules.com.

I have been avidly learning all I could about Personal Development in the last 20 years and my mission is to share my same path, self fulfillment and peace of mind!

Hey there, my name is Emanuele and I am the creator and editor of effectiverules.com. I have been avidly learning all I could about Personal Development in the last 20 years and my mission is to share my same path, self fulfillment and peace of mind!
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