Your ONE Thing

Mine is alcohol. What is the ONE THING in your diet that you can change, such that by changing it, everything else will be easier or unnecessary?

I’d like to apply the lessons from the number one Wall Street Journal best seller, The One Thing, to see how it can support our journey towards wellness in the context of what we eat.

“Gary Keller has identified that behind every successful person is their ONE THING. No matter how success is measured, personal or professional, only the ability to dismiss distractions and concentrate on your ONE Thing stands between you and your goals. The ONE Thing is about getting extraordinary results in every situation”.

Keller’s book does a great job of helping people in their path to identify their ONE Thing, so that they create change in their lives. He separates a person’s life into 7 basic categories and encourages a person to find their ONE Thing in each of them. These categories are ones spiritual life, physical life, personal, key relationships, job, business, and finances.

Using this concept, I challenge each of you to identify the ONE Thing in your diet that by changing it, everything else will be easier or unnecessary. We all get overwhelmed or put off action because we want to get everything in order first before we begin to make a change. This mentality is played out weekly when we convince ourselves that we will begin to change our eating habits on Monday. The problem is that it never works. Monday may be pretty good, but what about Tuesday through Sunday?

If we can identify our major dietary fault…the ONE Thing that we know is not good for us and only focus on saying no to that pleasure, we can finally get a foothold in the epic journey towards freedom. I mentioned at the beginning of this article that I identified alcohol as my ONE Thing. I know how alcohol works on my body but when adding the stress of raising 5 kids, working 2 jobs and developing a side gig, alcohol has some ill effects on my physical well-being as well as the battle for freedom.

So what is your ONE Thing? Fast food, desserts, soft drinks? Take some time and pin point the singular crutch or attachment to food that you have acquired and slay it. David fought ONE Philistine warrior (Goliath), and when he had slayed him, the rest of the Philistine army fled with their tales between their legs. In this way, if we focus on our ONE Thing all the rest of our attachments and bad dietary choices will fade away.

“Put on the Armor of God” (Eph 6:11)