One Thing - Issue #64

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One Thing - Issue #64
By Solomon • Issue #64 • View online
At the start of this week, I found myself feeling a little overwhelmed. It was my solar calendar birthday and I began to review the past year. Monday was also the start of the new month, the month of Iyar, which is an acronym for, “I am G‑d your Healer” (אני י‑י רפאך), indicating that Iyar is a propitious time for healing. I got up early to meditate and then drive uptown to join the community for Rosh Chodesh service, the service for the new month.
In that time, various things had piled up in my my head and my to-do list. To sort through this mess, there are a few things I will do that help me zoom out and focus on the positives - because there’s always positives and things to be grateful for even when, and especially when, it doesn’t feel so.
1 - Mind Maps
Whenever there seems to be a lot on my plate, I capture it - all of it - on paper, or in my journal. In the middle circle with which everything branches out from, I write on the mind of Solomon and the extensions are of projects in work, creations, things to do or learn, and pretty much everything my attention is on . By doing this I can now see everything in one place, one one page, and it’s almost like I am above it all.
Ask: where is your attention/energy going?
2 - The One thing
Then, with everything on paper, I ask a simple but incredibly effective question:
What’s the one thing I can do that If I accomplish it, everything else will pretty much fall into place?
On the basis of a day, you can ask, “what’s the one thing I can do today that’ll take the largest load off my shoulders?”
There are other articles on productivity addressing this question or similar questions, but the reason I like doing it after seeing everything on a mind map is because it’s not just looking at one thing I can do today, but the one thing that will generate the most momentum for that day and the other things.
In other words, it is like an overriding goal that I learned when doing the Lifebook Mindvalley Quest. If someone has goals for their health, career, relationships, personal development, intellect, and so on, asking the one thing is determining which goal is most important that will best assist in accomplishing the other goals.
3 Celebrate and Live as if it’s accomplished
Got a lot on your mind? A lot of to-do’s? How do you respond to situations when you just feel - permission to speak freely - like crap?
Ask: How would you behave and act if it were all accomplished? Then generate that elevated emotion by focusing on gratitude and joy. Similar to how we learned last week to live as if you left Egypt.
I’d love to hear from you - write your comments below and let me know :)

Lesson I Re-Learned 🎢
At the end of last week I went on a couple amusement park rides. One that completely inverts upside down and the other a rollercoaster. My brain was very active and concerned as the nerves came up. However, one I was in the middle of the ride it was thrilling and fun!
Have you had any similar moments in your life, where you’ve built up something in your head as being scary, but then when you actually do it you realize it’s so much more fun than you realized? Why are we - the body - often so scared of the unknown!?
Podcasts Recorded 🎙
Episode 2 of the Health Series with Rabbi Manis Friedman released this week:
Health Series 2: Healthy Thinking for Healthy Eating  | Rabbi Manis Friedman
Previous Articles
This past Tuesday was the birthday of the Rebbe Maharash, the 4th Lubavitcher Rebbe (1834-1882). In September was the anniversary of his passing and I wrote about an important lesson we learn from him. Read below:
What Obstacles?
Birthday, Your personal New Year
How to Achieve Emotional Stillness (Even in Times of Chaos) | ITN Blog
Favorite Quote 💬
“The greatest gift you can give another is the purity of your attention.” -Richard Moss
Coaching with me 👨🏻‍🏫
Holistic Hasidic Health | Solomon Ezra | Houston
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By Solomon

I’m Solomon, a former college basketball athlete turned transformational health/mental performance coach, YouTuber and podcaster from Houston, TX. Every Friday I write an email newsletter with some thoughts, life lessons, books, videos, and anything interesting I discovered that week. My content integrates Hasidic Jewish wisdom with holistic wellness so we can live our life in the zone.

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