3-2-1: Not Fish or Cut Bait.

3-2-1 Get Balanced Wednesday

by Dr. Donnie

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


3-2-1: Fish or Cut Bait.

read on DONNIEHUTCHINSON.COM | April 12, 2023


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

3 Ideas from Me


I don’t know about you, but sometimes I hesitate to implement a new habit or routine to support my work-life balance initiatives. Whether I self-discover this hesitancy or someone points it out, I often wonder why I’m wavering.

Perhaps it’s fear of failure, fear of success, perfectionism, or I don’t want to let go of the old. Hanging on thinking it will get better all by itself is not a recipe for success but a lackadaisical plan to fail.


Whether hanging on to unhealthy self-care habits, failed relationships, or old dreams we’ve neglected to nurture, the future outcomes depend on whether we choose to fish or cut bait.

Just as fishing requires skill, patience, and the right bait, our self-care habits, relationships, and dreams require the same. More importantly, both require us to fish with high expectations if we desire success. We should expect favorable outcomes with all our new initiatives in living a vibrant life filled with healthy self-care and loving relationships.


I have found many times the answer to our fishing problems often lies with the person we see in the mirror. It is up to us to take a stand, decide who and what our priorities are in life, and then begin aligning our behaviors with those priorities.

Sometimes we can achieve alignment with minor tweaks to our daily habits and routines. Sometimes, it might require additional action. Just as we can’t catch fish with old, worn-out bait, we can’t fulfill our priorities with the same old unsuccessful habits. Sometimes it is helpful to pull up our habits from the depths of our busy lives, examine them, and then decide to continue fishing or cut bait and start anew.

2 Quotes from Others


“Decision is a sharp knife that cuts clean and straight; indecision, a dull one that hacks and tears and leaves ragged edges behind it.”

  • – Gordon Graham, Author & Co-Founder of Lexipol


“Every decision brings with it some good, some bad, some lessons, and some luck. The only thing that’s for sure is that indecision steals many years from many people who wind up wishing they’d just had the courage to leap.”

  • Doe Zantamata, Author


1 Question for You

Do you have a few habits you would like to examine to see if they support your priorities in life? If you decided to cut bait, what new habit would you like to put on your fishing line?

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

– Dr. Donnie Hutchinson

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.