I know that I wrote about the Rule of One last year during my first Do List posts. However, the idea is so important, and so life changing, that I felt compelled to write about it again as I have started writing the remainder of my 365 Do List tasks after a nine-month hiatus.
To illustrate, I have struggled for nine months to begin writing my remaining Do List tasks. I simply could not get started. Then, a few days ago, I sat down and told myself that I was going to start writing again. And that is how I started. I wrote one Do List Task, number 288. Then it was easy to follow with 289, 290, 291, and now, thankfully, 292. Now I know that I can finish and reach 365 with another 73 tasks.
Every job begins with a single step, a single solitary move, a beginning. You can buy a book about how to declutter your mess, or you can pick up one item of clutter and toss it, file it, or otherwise dispose of it. You can keep talking about how you need to lose weight, or you can eat less today and lose your first pound. Once you have lost your first pound, you will realize how stubborn and blind you have been to ignore the Rule of One. We don't have to conquer the world all at once. Most of us will never succeed if we stagger under the weight of just how hard a task will be to start and complete, how hard it will be to stop a habit we know we should stop, or make any change that we wish in all futility that we had the courage to make. But what we can do is to start today with the Rule of One. Do one thing. Come up with one idea. Make one change. Keep it simple, Keep it doable,
I tried so hard for nine months to get inspired to start writing again. I love to write. I am continually fascinated with the the flow of endless words that seem to come once I turn the computer on and type the first sentence. So when I started writing several days ago after this long drought, the ideas and words keep coming up in my mind and become translated into written words on my computer keyboard.
Yesterday we tried to illuminate the power and benefits of writing a few thoughts daily, the rewards from keeping a food diary, the imprinting on our minds of the wonders of how much easier it is to keep doing something if we write a few things down every day. Today we focus on the Rule of One. We will never know how easy something can be until we try it once.
Task Number 292: Follow the Rule of One. Good luck, and make sure you do one thing before you turn out the lights tonight. Good luck and keep going. The Curmudgeonly Professor.