6 Ideas in 3-2-1: Part 2

Treat Thompson



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This week's newsletter is going to be a second "6 ideas in 3-2-1". That's 3 one-liners, 2 short ideas, and 1 longer concept.

If you want, you can read the first one here.

3 One-Liners

No one is thinking about you. They're thinking about themselves, just like you.

"When you’re 20, you care what everyone thinks. When you’re 40 you stop caring what everyone thinks. When you’re 60, you realize no one was ever thinking about you in the first place." - Unknown

You can fix bad, but you can't fix nothing

Don't procrastinate because you're scared of poor output. You can improve something bad, you can't improve something that doesn't exist.

The absence of disease isn't health

Average isn't the goal. Surviving isn't thriving.

2 Short Ideas

Your thoughts can create boundaries in your life or take you where you want to go.

All things are created twice: first in our minds and then in reality. With the average person having around 60,000 thoughts per day, that's a lot of opportunities for actions and decisions to be made.

This is how thoughts form our world and why the quality of our lives is determined by the richness of our thoughts.

We can live out the glory of our imagination or let negative thoughts put boundaries in our life.

When you know your priorities in life, your distractions become clear

Time is our most valuable resource. We commit it to the things that matter to build a life we want. Distractions compete for time with these priorities.

When you truly understand what you want to achieve, these distractions become incredibly clear and easier to avoid.

They can be anything, like:

  • Someone's opinion
  • Social media
  • A bad relationship
  • A sugar addiction

If you let them, these distractions will make you miss out on your potential and undo your work.

1 Longer Concept

Knowledge isn’t power. It’s potential power. The power is manifested when the knowledge is applied.

Learning is like rolling a heavy rock up a huge hill. You're building up and storing energy. Acting on that knowledge is letting the rock go. You set it in motion allowing it to use all of the energy.

We place such a heavy emphasis on knowledge today that actually using it gets lost in the noise.

Knowledge can be incredibly useless or extremely valuable. You can spend 10s or 100s of hours learning something, but if you never use it, it's just wasted time. On the other hand, if you do use it, it can lead to the most life-changing actions you've ever taken.

I think we've successfully convinced people that lifelong learning is important. Being in the information age helped accelerate that; learning opportunities are at everyone's fingertips.

Now we need to emphasize action. Manifesting the power that knowledge stores to achieve what we want.

This weeks quote

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage. - Anais Nin

How remarkable our lives are, is limited by how courageous we live.

The more courageous we live, the more doors we open. The more doors we open, the more we expose ourselves to life-changing/enhancing opportunities and possibilities.

This weeks question

Is your level of courage exposing you to enough possibilities to have a remarkable life?

My answer:

I think my level of courage, for the stage of life I'm at right now, is exposing me to enough possibilities and opportunities.

Though, if my courage threshold doesn't increase as I graduate from university and begin my career, I'll be disappointed. If it stays at this level I’ll be shrinking how remarkable my life could be.