If You Could Only Do One Thing Today

I recently interviewed Sarah Corkery for my podcast, UnYielded: Thriving No Matter What.  She definitely personifies that!  A 2-time breast cancer survivor, a mom to three beautiful children, including a boy who is legally blind, she has raised over $1 million dollars for a non-profit, she has successfully fought for legislation for those battling cancer, and, she has a full-time job as a the VP of Marketing at Veridian Credit Union, you just have to ask yourself:  is there truly nothing this woman can’t do? 

During our conversation, we talked about so many great topics!  The podcast will be launching in late Summer and you can hear the entire conversation then.  One of the things that stood out to me in the conversation was that when I asked Sarah, how she manages to do everything that she does, she replied, “You have to find one thing every day to do and then make sure you do it.  And, then the next day, do it again.”

This reminded me of a practice that I started way back in 2003 after my initial collapse.  (If you want to check out that story, click here: http://www.bobbikahler.com/mindsets/the-day-the-doctor-said-i-shouldnt-be-alive/.) Early on in my journey, it became very clear that I wasn’t going to be able to operate in the over-programmed way in which I had behaved in the past. There were some days when I couldn’t even get out of bed or brush my teeth, let alone tackle a to-do list with 20 items on it. It simply wasn’t an option.  

I remember one day, I woke up, and I could feel the crushing fatigue and that my legs felt like lead.  I thought to myself: “If you only have the energy to do one thing today, what is the one most important thing you can do?”  That became my practice and eventually my habit that began each and every day.

What I learned from it is that it brought amazing clarity as to what actually mattered and it took away the stress of trying to conquer every possible thing that might be important.  It helped me to identify what was important and because it was just one thing, it was easy to accomplish.