The Power of the “Success List”

from Gary Keller’s The One Thing

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Create Your Success List Using Perato's Principle

In yesterday’s podcast episode, we discussed the transformative concept of creating a Success List. Reflecting on it, I couldn’t help but feel that there’s more to unpack and clarify. So, here we are! Today’s blog post is going to do just that by breaking it down step by step.

First, what Is a Success List?

A success list is not a “to-do” list. Even though it is a list of what needs to be done.  Keller’s Success List is your secret weapon, guiding you towards a specific direction and setting the stage for that domino effect of success. We’re talking about crafting a list tailored for extraordinary success! Making your life easier, and your goals achieved faster.

Remember to keep it short & sweet.

Keller’s genius lies in the art of brevity. Following an extreme version of the 80/20 principle (Pareto Principle), where 80% of results come from 20% of effort, your Success List stays short, powerful, and on-point.

How to Create Your Success List:

  1. Brainstorm the Essentials: Jot down everything that needs attention.
  2. Prioritize Like a Pro: Review that list and separate the must-dos from the should-dos.
  3. Ask the Vital Question: Ask yourself, “What matters most?” This is your compass, your guiding star.
  4. Create a new list from the must-dos.
  5. Repeat steps 2,3, & 4: Review the new list and separate the must-dos from the should-dos, again asking yourself, “What matters most?“, and create a new ,even shorter, list.
  6. Refine, Refine, Refine: Rinse and repeat the process, narrowing down to the ONE thing that trumps all.

 Why It Works.

The Success List works because it sharpens your focus by filtering tasks, directing your energy precisely where it needs to be. Inevitably creating the Domino Effect – where completing the one task, makes the remaining tasks easier to complete, or even better no longer needing to be done. 

So, Successfuls, grab your pens and start creating that Success List! Remember, it’s not just a checklist; it’s your roadmap to extraordinary success. And don’t forget, success loves company, and we’re here cheering you on every step of the way!

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