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3-2-1: The New Year, second chances, and a simple way to start striving toward your dreams

read on JAMESCLEAR.COM | DECEMBER 29, 2022

Happy 3-2-1 Thursday! The final issue of 2022. Let’s have a ball, shall we?

Here are 3 ideas, 2 quotes, and 1 question to consider this week.

3 Ideas From Me


“10-year dreams. 5-minute actions.

Where do I want to be in 10 years?

What can I do in the next 5 minutes to contribute to that outcome?”

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“Anyone can listen. All you have to do is stop talking.

But to be a good listener, you have to stop talking and be interested.

Genuine curiosity is the precursor to understanding, and a good listener helps the other person feel understood.”

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“You can graduate with the finest degrees. You can read the most useful books. You can enjoy the loving support of family and friends.

But your degrees can’t take action for you. Your books can’t make the decision for you. Your family can’t live your life for you.

There is no substitute for courage. At some point, you have to make the choice.”

2 Quotes From Others


Author Patricia Digh on the New Year:

“At the end of each year, I ask myself two questions:

1) What do I want to create in this New Year?

And, perhaps even more importantly,

2) What do I want to let go of?”

Source: Life is a Verb


Writer Jeanette Winterson on second chances:

“I know now, after fifty years, that the finding/losing, forgetting/remembering, leaving/returning, never stops. The whole of life is about another chance, and while we are alive, till the very end, there is always another chance.”

Source: Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

1 Question For You

It’s one year from now. December 2023. The habit you were hoping to build during the year didn’t stick. What is the most likely reason it failed?

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Until next week,

James ClearAuthor of Atomic Habits and keynote speaker​


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