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3-2-1: On the the bottleneck to achieving results, the discomfort of growth, and friendship
read onJAMESCLEAR.COM | APRIL 29, 2021
Happy 3-2-1 Thursday,
Here are 3 ideas, 2 quotes, and 1 question to consider this week…
3 Ideas From Me
“How did you accomplish that?”
“Same as everything else. Gradually, then all at once.”
“Books for mindset.
Quiet time to think for strategy.
Conversations with successful peers for tactics.”
“In many cases, the bottleneck to achieving results is simply making the time to do the work.
You’re capable of exercising, but are you making the time?
You’re capable of writing, but are you making the time?
You’re capable of reading, but are you making the time?”
2 Quotes From Others
Writer Alice Walker on the discomfort of growth:
“Some periods of our growth are so confusing that we don’t even recognize that growth is happening. We may feel hostile or angry or weepy and hysterical, or we may feel depressed. It would never occur to us, unless we stumbled on a book or a person who explained to us, that we were in fact in the process of change, of actually becoming larger than we were before.
Whenever we grow, we tend to feel it, as a young seed must feel the weight and inertia of the earth as it seeks to break out of its shell on its way to becoming a plant. Often the feeling is anything but pleasant.
But what is most unpleasant is the not knowing what is happening. Those long periods when something inside ourselves seems to be waiting, holding its breath, unsure about what the next step should be… for it is in those periods that we realize that we are being prepared for the next phase of our life and that, in all probability, a new level of the personality is about to be revealed.”
Source: Living by the Word: Essays
Poet David Whyte on friendship:
“The dynamic of friendship is almost always underestimated as a constant force in human life: a diminishing circle of friends is the first terrible diagnostic of a life in deep trouble: of overwork, of too much emphasis on a professional identity, of forgetting who will be there when our armored personalities run into the inevitable natural disasters and vulnerabilities found in even the most average existence.
The ultimate touchstone of friendship is not improvement, neither of the other nor of the self, the ultimate touchstone is witness … to have walked with them and to have believed in them, and sometimes just to have accompanied them for however brief a span, on a journey impossible to accomplish alone.”
1 Question For You
How have my bad habits become a crutch I lean on? What stories do I need to let go of so I can walk freely?
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Until next week,