One of my all-time favorite movies is City Slickers. You know the one scene among many that makes it that way, don’t you? Yep, the one where Curley talks about “the one thing”…

Curley: You all come out here about the same age. Same problems. Spend fifty weeks a year getting knots in your rope – then you think two weeks up here will untie them for you. None of you get it. Do you know what the secret of life is?
Mitch: No, what?
Curley: This. (Holds up his index finger.)
Mitch: Your finger?
Curley: One thing. Just one thing. You stick to that and everything else don’t mean sh**.
Mitch: That’s great, but what’s the one thing?
Curley: That’s what you’ve got to figure out.

How ’bout a little help from you Curleys out there?

  • When your personal rope’s got knots in it, what’s the “one thing” you do that helps you untangle?
  • What about when your organization/church/family/company/whatever is all tangled up? What’s the “one thing” that raises the energy, re-focuses the team, and gets big wins?