In recent weeks I’ve been noticed a phenomenon I’ve started dubbing the ‘if I just do this one thing…’ syndrome.
I recognized this syndrome right away because I used to fall prey to it all the time.
You see, when I first began my career coaching business I constantly thought my success was just one step away.
“I’ll speak at this one event,” I thought, “and my business will immediately be bursting at the seams with great clients.”
Uh-uh. It didn’t go down like that.
When that didn’t work I switched tactics.
“Clearly, if I just write this one guest post then everything will finally click into place,” I assumed.
Yeah, that didn’t really work either.
When I took each of those ‘one steps’ my business did grow, but it was a gradual process.
My business turned into the successful practice I have today not because of just one thing that I did, but because of a multitude (hundreds?) of efforts I made to connect with people, improve my marketing, and grow my community.
I don’t mean to discourage you, but I do want to give you a reality check.
Are you assuming that going to that one career fair will provide the answer to your job search? Or that reaching out to that one person in your network is going to be your golden ticket? Or even that doing a great job on just one project at work is going to get you the promotion you’ve been gunning for?
Believing the ‘if I just do one thing…’ syndrome will slow you down.
For example, back in the day, I would arrange that one thing, a speech or a guest post, and then wait for it to occur.
“Why bother doing anything else when this one effort was surely going to catapult my business to new levels?” I thought.
Well, inevitably, once the event occurred I learned that doing just that one thing didn’t add up to the results I wanted.
I would have been better served by continuing to do other ‘one things’ while I was waiting.
It takes a concerted effort over time to build a career, grow a business, or survive the job search process.
Help yourself achieve success by realizing it’s going to take more than ‘just one thing’ to get where you want to go.
Have you ever adopted the ‘if I just do this one thing…’ mindset? How did it affect you? Was there an attitude that served you better? Leave a comment below!
Alison thank you for giving me perspective. This is exactly what I am facing in my quest for meaning in liife. I am an ardent reader of self development books and I keep thinking ‘Yes, this is the book’ each time a book title catches my attention. But am always hungry for more when I am through reading it. Also, when I take little strides, though I feel good, the breakthrough seems way distant and I kind of feel low eventually. I came to terms with reality when I heard someone talk on focusing on the present and the future will take care of itself. This piece just made me realize that the process is incremental not radical, and every step towards the goal matters no matter how insignificant it might seem,
Bless you Al.
Interesting application of this concept! Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your perspective. I love hearing from readers!