The One Thing

The One Thing is a book by Garry Keller and Jay Papasan that promotes the importance of prioritisation and narrowing your focus. It is an excellent book and I have given it to a number of people, including clients. I will not bore you with my recap, just to say it is all based on one simple question.

What is the one thing you can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?

This concept has been applied to our progressive programming strategy to further narrow the focus of any training & nutrition alterations. This is synergistic with the control & variable approach in allowing the maintenance of controls while a single variable is implemented and assessed. As a result, future program alterations can be made with greater understanding of what works for the individual, leading to adhereable and sustainable programming.

I would recommend reading the book as it elaborates and explains question. However, if you can't/won't/don't want to do that, you can simply try the following process.

  • Record your training and nutrition intake for seven days to give you an understanding of your current regime (Integrated Insider's - ask me, and I will send you the Tracking Challenge).
  • Identify 2-5 alterations that could be made, such as these
    • do more resistance training
    • do more conditioning training
    • eat less fast food
    • eat less snacks
    • drink less energy-containing beverages
  • Rank each importance of impact towards your goal. If your goal is fat loss, the addition of three walks that burn 200kcal each (-600kcal total) will be less effective than cutting a 150kcal snack everyday (-950kcal).
  • Implement the most impactful change
  • Once adhered to and sustainable, move to the next change.

These recommendations are consistent with our understand, identify and implement process for improvements and this concept is the underpinning of the Body Recomposition Program.

Progressive improvements allow adherence and sustainability, two of the most important factors in long-term body recomposition goals. Progressive change also provides motivation for future alterations, as the client sees the results of their hard work and wants to achieve more!

Read the book and try it.