The 3-2-1 Newsletter: 3 ideas from me, 2 quotes from others, 1 question to ponder.
3-2-1: On systems vs. goals, identity-based habits, and the lessons of life
January 2, 2020 | by James Clear
“The most wisdom per word of any newsletter on the web.”
Happy Thursday! And Happy New Year!
Welcome to 2020. Let’s get things started with a bang.
Below are 3 ideas, 2 quotes, and 1 question for the week. This week, I focused particularly on sharing ideas that will set you up for a successful year.
3 IDEAS FROM ME
“You do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems.
Your goal is your desired outcome. Your system is the collection of daily habits that will get you there.
This year, spend less time focusing on outcomes and more time focusing on the habits that precede the results.”
For more on this concept, read Atomic Habits.
“Your identity can hold you back:
-I’m terrible with directions.
-I have a sweet tooth.
-I’m bad at math.
…or build you up:
-I’m the type of person who doesn’t miss workouts.
-I finish what I start.
-I read every day.
Build habits that reinforce your desired identity.”
For my final thought, another quote from Atomic Habits:
“Time magnifies the margin between success and failure. It will multiply whatever you feed it. Good habits make time your ally. Bad habits make time your enemy.”
2 QUOTES FROM OTHERS
F.M. Alexander on the importance of habits:
“People do not decide their futures, they decide their habits and their habits decide their futures.”
Zora Neale Hurston on the lessons of life:
“There are years that ask questions, and years that answer.”
Source: Their Eyes Were Watching God
1 QUESTION FOR YOU
Think of the ultimate outcome you are hoping to achieve. Is there a path to accomplishing this where you would encounter less resistance?
Until next week,
P.S. Dream big this year.