The 3-2-1 Newsletter: 3 ideas from me, 2 quotes from others, 1 question to ponder.
3-2-1: On focus, persistence, and misfortune
March 19, 2020 | by James Clear
“The most wisdom per word of any newsletter on the web.”
The last week has been wild, strange, and uncertain for most of us. COVID-19 is creating a unique situation and it is forcing everyone into new routines and different lifestyles. Many people are working from home. Most of us are living in a different way than usual.
I will leave comments about health concerns to the medical professionals. I will save discussions about quarantine and cancellations for government officials and community leaders. But we all have a role to play in this situation, and my contribution is simple:
In times of uncertainty, your habits can ground you.
As someone who has written about habits for many years, I’d like to encourage you to stick to your routines in whatever way you can during this period. When you feel restless, do a 1-minute workout. When you feel overwhelmed, practice a minute of mindfulness or deep breathing. When the world seems uncontrollable, focus on what you can control. Return to your habits.
The truth is everyone is building new habits right now. Whenever there is a big change in your environment there will be a big change in your behavior.
I have published hundreds of free articles on my website about building good habits and breaking bad ones. As a starting point, this page summarizes the topic and provides links to many of my articles on the subject.
These articles can help you build healthy and productive habits while working from home as well as reinforce simple health habits like washing your hands consistently. For those worried about the business and economic implications of all of this, many of these ideas can serve as a reminder to focus on the fundamentals and find ways to get 1% better each day. With the right ideas, perhaps we can transform this situation (or at least part of it) from a misfortune into an opportunity.
In the meantime, please be kind to each other. Be generous to each other. Be patient with each other. We’ll get through this together.
3 IDEAS FROM ME
In a world where information is abundant and easy to access, the real advantage is knowing where to focus.
The most useful form of patience is persistence.
Patience implies waiting for things to improve on their own.
Persistence implies keeping your head down and continuing to work when things take longer than you expect.
Win the moment in front of you right now.
2 QUOTES FROM OTHERS
The Canadian actress, Mary Pickford on failure:
“You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call “failure” is not the falling down, but the staying down.
Source: Why Not Try God
Jack London, an American novelist, on misfortune:
“Life is not always a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes, playing a poor hand well.”
Source: As quoted in Sacred Journey of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman
1 QUESTION FOR YOU
How can I make the most of this?
As always, thanks for reading. Until next week,
P.S. Quarantine, Day 6.