When Ben Hunt-Davis’s underachieving Men’s Eight British rowing team came seventh in the world championship in 1998, they set themselves a crazy goal of winning an Olympic Gold Medal in just two years.
Setting such a goal required an entirely new way of thinking about their training. For the next two years they began challenging everything single thing they did. With the unifying goal of winning a gold medal, they developed a framework, a funneling question, and measured all their decisions and actions against it: “Will it make the boat go faster?
- “Will staying up late the night before the regatta tomorrow make the boat go faster?”
- “Will my choice of what I’m going to eat at this meal make the boat go faster?”
- “Will my workout I’m doing today make the boat go faster?”
- “Will the choices I make in the relationship I’m in help me make the boat go faster?”
The question impacted all their decisions and actions.
By focusing on this single question, they discovered it wasn’t such a crazy goal after all. On September 25th, 2000, Ben and his crew won Gold at the Sydney Olympics.
What one question will guide your vision this year?
What one question will make all the difference?
What one question will form a framework for and filter all your decisions and actions in the next twelve months?
Make sure you think carefully about what truly matters and the direction the question will take.