3–2–1; Search For Insight
3 Ideas, 2 Quotes, 1 Question.
Inspired by James Clear’s ‘3–2–1’ Newsletter, author of Atomic Habits.
3 IDEAS 💭
I. Growth Requires Openness 🌱
Most people are not open to new ideas, new things, new people.
Due to the desire for comfort, you stick where you are, much too scared to explore anything new or dive into the unknown.
And in this, you stick with old ideas that don’t serve you. You hold onto limiting beliefs, simply because unlearning them is scary, frightening and unknown.
However, if you want real, true, pivotal growth, you have to cultivate openness.
You have to be open to new ideas, new things, new people. You cannot shy away from open doors, you must walk right through them.
Maybe more importantly, you have to be open to unlearning ideas that previously served you.
You have to be open to analysing your current beliefs, finding the flaws and improving upon them. For we all have limiting beliefs; it is your responsibility to face them and unlearn them.
When you take it upon yourself to cultivate an openness for all things, growth comes naturally.
II. Effort and Talent ⚙️
You need both effort and talent to become who you want to be. You cannot get there with just one.
Yes, individually, they have sheer benefits, but if you put them together, there’ll be nothing stopping you.
Talent; you have the natural skill.
Effort; you are willing to put in the work and expend energy.
With talent on it’s own, it becomes wasted potential.
With effort on it’s own, it’s just the things you could’ve done but didn’t.
Combine both the natural skill in an area you’re passionate about with your determination to put in the work. Your talent can become a strong skil, and your effort can make things blossom.
III. Search For Insight ⭐️
Most people learn passively; they wait for things to come to them.
They wait for ideas, for prompts, for that moment where everything just clicks.
The issue here is clear; if you spend all your life waiting for insight and inspiration to come to you, you’ll likely be waiting forever.
You’ll be waiting for a while, at least, so much so that the learning process is painstakingly slow.
You have the ability, however, to speed up the learning process and learn actively.
Rather than waiting for inspiration to reach you, you can actively search and create those ideas.
You can put yourself in situations where inspiration will come naturally, you can tailor your life for it. You can even create it.
One great strategy is to surround yourself with people on the same track as you, specifically people who are more advanced. Talk to those top people, ask them what they do, and do it too.
I. On Contentment
“He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have.” -Socrates
II. On Sweetness
“When things are going sweetly and peacefully, please pause a moment, and then say out loud: ‘If this isn’t nice, what is?’” — Kurt Vonnegut
1 QUESTION ❔
How can you adopt a ‘less is more’ mindset?
Thanks for reading!