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The ONE Thing: Health Focusing Question


Continuing with The ONE Thing theme, it’s a great idea to use The Focusing Question to learn what the ONE Thing is that will best move you towards your health goals.  Do you know?  You may be thinking, “Dude, I work out like 4x a week.  I got this.”  Guess what?  That is probably not your ONE Thing now.  Maybe it was before, but not now.  If you have already established a great exercise routine and habit, perhaps there is a more important ONE Thing you haven’t considered?  Confused???  Let me explain…

Do You Remember WIN???

We talked about WIN yesterday and how it is an acronym for What’s Important Now.  If you already have a great exercise routine in place, then that habit is established and will continue.  You now need to find the next thing that will advance your health goals.  So, What’s Important Now?  Since you already have a great exercise routine, how about changing your diet?  How about meditation?  How about stress reduction?  There are so many things you can do that may be important now.  Sure, before you had that great exercise routine, the exercise routine was what was important now.  But since that is clinched, What’s Important Now?  Ask yourself the health focusing questions…

The Health Focusing Questions

The ONE Thing book identified three questions that you can use to focus on your physical health.  They are:

  • What’s the ONE Thing I can do to achieve my diet goals… ?
  • What’s the ONE Thing I can do to ensure that I exercise… ?
  • What’s the ONE Thing I can do to relieve my stress… ?

These are three great questions that can help you get a handle on your health challenges.  Take 15 minutes and sit down today.  Get out a piece of paper and a pencil and write each question down.   Write the answer to each question, being honest with yourself.  What is the ONE Thing you can do?  Answer that question and start executing that action daily.

Don’t Forget To Keep Asking

It is great to ask these questions of yourself, but you can’t ask the question once and then never ask it again.  It is recommended that you perform a quarterly review of these questions and come up with new answers.  It may be that the answer stays the same, but it also may change depending upon WIN.  For example, your goal may be to give up ice cream during the week to help toward your diet goals.  Well, it is three months later, you have given up ice cream.  You need to start on something else.  Ask these questions every three months and keep moving towards your goals.

Final Thoughts

This is a pretty simple concept and one that is easy to implement.  The problem is that most people don’t take the time to do these simple things that can change their lives.  I hear people complain all the time about how they can’t lose weight or how they are out of shape.  “Are you doing anything about it?”  These people may not be aware of this type of Focusing Question that can change their lives, but you are, and you can start today.

Remember that this is easy to do, but has to be done.  The problem with things that are easy to do is that they are also easy not to do.  Make the decision today to improve your health and ask yourself these focusing questions that can help you reach your health goals.


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