3-2-1: This is Your Captain Speaking: Prepare for Take-off

3-2-1 Get Balanced Wednesday

by Dr. Donnie

“Encouraging you to align your daily behaviors with your priorities in life.”

3-2-1: This is your Captain Speaking: Prepare for Take-off

read on DONNIEHUTCHINSON.COM | December 7, 2022


3 Ideas from me, 2 Quotes from others, and 1 Question to help you reflect on your work-life wellness and balance habits this week.


3 Ideas from Me


“I notice pilots inspect the outside of the plane before they board. They also run a series of tests from the cockpit to determine if the airplane is ready for flight.

I also recognize they lead and communicate with their ground crew and flight attendants to ensure they and all systems are ready. They complete their preparations for take-off”


“I love the feeling when the engines scream with power and productivity as they propel the craft with incredible velocity during lift-off. I wonder how powerful and productive our days would be if we conducted a series of actions to ensure our days are set up for success. It’s not difficult to do when we listen to our inner voice and act on it.

I have a morning ritual. I start each day by spending 3-minutes in gratitude, 3-minutes in prayer, and thinking about the three most important things I want to accomplish that day. I then go on a 30-minute walk and listen to a daily podcast that encourages and inspires me.”


“I wonder how our families and organizations would benefit if we helped them develop their preflight actions before they started their days. I have found that when I lead by example, whether I realize it or not, family and co-workers are watching and are willing to emulate my positive behaviors.

I encourage you to pin on your captain wings and develop or enhance your morning rituals. But don’t stop there. Remember, you are the Top Gun aviator for many. They want your guidance. Help them prepare for take-off.”


2 Quotes from Others


Your morning routine generates a 10X return for good or for bad. Make it good.

– Todd Stocker, Author


Trust your instincts, Don’t think, Just do.

– Top Gun: Maverick (2022)


1 Question for You

What would you like to start doing tomorrow morning?

My friend, you are cleared for take-off!

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Until next week, may God bless you, your family and may the Glory be to God.

– Dr. Donnie Hutchinson


Work-Life Balance Instructor, Keynote, and online course creator



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The format and style of this newsletter were inspired and highly influenced by James Clear 3-2-1 Newsletter. The content is strictly Dr. Donnie’s.