Beautiful Models: One Thing
Fragments from imaginary dialogues
“What is the One Thing model?”
“It’s essentially a filtering model.
Let’s say you have a number of items which you want to evaluate for usefulness. According to the Pareto Principle (80/20), 20% of those items are responsible for 80% of the output. By applying the principle multiple times – identifying the 20% of the 20% of the 20% etc. – you’re eventually left with one thing.
When it comes to your life, you can use the One Thing as a framework for gaining clarity on various aspects of your life, big and small.
You have a big One Thing – your Purpose, your Ikigai, your guiding star.
You have lots of smaller One Things, for every aspect of your life.
The framework is like a questionnaire you’re creating for yourself, each question corresponding to a small One Thing.
I like to do it using templates [<link; medium read].
MIx (Most Important x)
MIT (Most Important Thing)
MIQ (Most Important Question)
MIV (Most Important Value)
MIS (Most Important Skill)
MIP (Most Important Practice)
MIR (Most Important Relationship)
Most important life-system
Most important life-game
Most important possession
#1 x (Number One x)
#1 Soul Quest
#1 Self-Care Practice
#1 Creative Ritual
#1 Energy Ritual
#1 Flow Trigger
Favorite type of Flow
I have a special document with the questionnaire. Whenever I come up with a new question, I add it to the document.”