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3–2–1; Protect Your Mind

3 Ideas, 2 Quotes, 1 Question.

Inspired by James Clear’s ‘3–2–1’ Newsletter, author of Atomic Habits.

Photo by Nik Shuliahin 💛💙 on Unsplash


I. Life Isn’t A Dance

Life isn’t a dance.

Life is not straight forward.

Life is not easy.

Life does not always go to plan.

Life is more like a battle.

You face battles, obstacles and difficulties that are all unexpected.

Train For It

You can train for it.

You can train for trial, turmoil and tribulation.

The best type of training is a hard winter training.

A Hard Winter Training

A hard winter training; the act of training yourself with the most difficult, agonising and cruel circumstances.

You train as if, metaphorically, it was winter — hard snows, bad gear, blizzards etc.


There’s great benefits to training yourself to the most difficult circumstances, even if they may not happen.

Benefits such as;

  • Endurance
  • Better health
  • Confidence (in yourself)
  • Clarity
  • Success
  • Being prepared

Prepare Yourself

You must prepare yourself.

You must try, as best you can, to gain experience and knowledge on the things you have not yet encountered.

Prepare yourself — the act of getting ready to face something.

You must ensure that you are well prepared to face any obstacle. This includes those you have never seen before.

Preparing yourself ensures that nothing phases or challenges you.

It means that you can stand on steady feet and fight off the obstacle.

II. The Most Secure Fortress

The most secure fortress within your life is your mind.

Your mind is incredibly powerful, strong and intense.

Your mind dictates everything, makes decisions and chooses your path in life.

This is the most secure fortress.

You need to cultivate a strong barrier around your mind, so that it is not influenced or altered.

You need to ensure that you continue to make careful and rational judgements.

Protect Your Mind

Your mind is immensely powerful and important.

You cannot lose yourself, and particularly your mind, to substances or people.

You must protect your mind.

You must take great care of your mind, for it is the only one you’ve got.

III. Constantly Return To The Beat

Constantly return to the beat.

Constantly return to the flow.

Constantly return to the healthy habits.

This idea of constantly returning is key.

If you continuously go back to something you know well, you can keep that flow.

If you constantly return, nobody can disrupt your rhythm for long.

You can keep momentum and keep getting stronger.


I. On Self Improvement

Robert Greene on self improvement.

“The time that leads to mastery is dependent on the intensity of our focus.”

II. On Living A Good Life

James Clear on living a good life.

“Each day is a small lifetime. Live a good life today.”


How can you remove limiting beliefs?

Thanks for reading!

Sam. 😆



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Sam M

Sam M


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