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3 Seconds: The Power of Thinking Twice [Hardcover]

By Les Parrott (Author)
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Three seconds are all that stands between those who settle for "whatever" and those who insist on "whatever it takes." Award-winning author and psychologist Parrott reveals six common impulses that sabotage greatness. He says Christians can unleash their full potential and excellence when they learn how to give their first impulses a second thought.

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Just three seconds. The time it takes to make a decision. That's all that lies between settling for 'Whatever' ... or insisting on 'Whatever it takes.'3 Seconds shows how to unleash the inner resources that can move you to a whole new level of success. It comes down to six predictable impulses that most of us automatically accept without a second thought. You can replace them with new impulses that lead toward impact and significance. For instance, it takes Three Seconds to ...Disown Your Helplessness: The First Impulse: 'There's nothing I can do about it.' The Second Impulse: 'I can't do everything, but I can do something.'Quit Stewing and Start Doing: The First Impulse: 'Someday I'm going to do that.' The Second Impulse: 'I'm diving in ... starting today.'Fuel Your Passion: The First Impulse: 'I'll do what happens to come my way.' The Second Impulse: 'I'll do what I'm designed to do.'Inhale ... exhale ... the difference of your lifetime can begin in the space of a single breath. The decision is yours. Start today.

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Studio: Zondervan
Pages   199
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.3" Width: 6.6" Height: 0.76"
Weight:   0.7 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2007
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
Age  18
ISBN  0310272491  
ISBN13  9780310272496  
UPC  025986272494  

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More About Les Parrott

Les Parrott Les and Leslie. A husband-and-wife team who not only share the same name, but the same passion for helping others build healthy relationships. In 1991, the Parrotts founded the Center for Relationship Development on the campus of Seattle Pacific University – a groundbreaking program dedicated to teaching the basics of good relationships.

Married in 1984, the Parrotts bring real-life examples to their speaking platform. Their professional training – Leslie as a marriage and family therapist, and Les as a clinical psychologist – ensures a presentation that is grounded, insightful and cutting-edge. 

Each year Les and Leslie speak in over 40 cities. Their audiences include a wide array of venues, from churches to Fortune 500 company board rooms. The Governor of Oklahoma appointed the Parrotts as the first ever statewide Marriage Ambassadors. Authorities have called upon Les and Leslie to provide on-site support in the aftermath of worldwide disasters such as Ground Zero and Chernobyl. The Commander of the 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, invited them to assist his soldiers with re-entry into family life upon returning from Iraq. 

Part of Les and Leslie’s vision for building stronger, life-long marriages is to equip a band of more than a million marriage mentors who walk alongside less experienced couples. Research reveals that marriage mentoring is one of the best things we can do to cut the divorce rate and improve marriages – whether couples are engaged, newly married or married of decades.

The Parrotts have been featured in USA Today and the New York Times. Their television appearances include CNN, The View, The O’Reilly Factor, The Today Show and Oprah.

As #1 New York Times best-selling authors, their books have sold over two million copies in more than two dozen languages, and include best-selling and Gold-medallion winner Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts. Other popular titles include Real Relationships, L.O.V.E., The Parent You Want To Be, Trading Places, The Complete Guide To Marriage Mentoring and Love Talk.

Les Parrott currently resides in Seattle, in the state of Washington. Les Parrott has an academic affiliation as follows - Seattle Pacific University.

Les Parrott has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Contemporary Christian Counseling

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Only 3 seconds- can change your world!  Jun 11, 2009
A great small, important book. Read it- and find the strength to be who you were created to be- no longer bound by the six assumptions that kill us!
Not ground-breaking, but it has some strong learning points for the reader!  May 12, 2008
I have just finished reading the foregoing book by Dr Les Parrott. Quite an entertaining book, I must say, despite the fact I have to go through all the seemingly endless anecdotes & stories.

In a nut shell, the whole book is all about the significance of a 'momentary pause', just 3 seconds, which can elevate one's entire life.

According to the book, 33 studies over 70 years have suggested that sticking to your first instinctual response (to any event, person or object) is not a smart approach.

It is the second impulse i.e. 3 seconds only, that reveals our freedom to excel - to move from 'whatever' to 'whatever it takes'. This epitomises what the authur calls the 'power of thinking twice'.

The author has very artfully as well as skilfully unpacked his book by outlining the six initial instincts which could sabotage our lives:

1) give up before trying;

2) shun a challenge;

3) settle for the status quo;

4) shirk responsibility;

5) do the mere minimum;

6) avoid taking action;

Reading this book reminds me in some ways of the fun book, '212: The Extra Degree', by Sam Parker. According to this book, when water is at 211 degrees F, it is hot, but when water is at 212 degrees F (equivalent to 100 degrees C), it boils!

The one small extra degree can make the big difference.

In other words, one small extra effort on your personal part can change your entire life!

I can't help bringing up the strategy of the '3 second rule', originally concocted by success coach, Patricia Fripp, as a self-enforced quiet - & yet very powerful prologue, acting just like a statute mime in the street corners of touristic cities - to an opening speech.

If you are a public speaker, you will truly appreciate the potency of the '3 second rule'.

Naturally, I am very sure all the gentlemen out there are already familiar with the '3 second rule' as a potential dating initiation opportunity.

Wow! 3 seconds, that's all we need. To think. To reflect. To realise. To resolve.

The 3-second book is very easy to read because of the succinct writing. What I also like about the book is the 'Questions for Personal Reflection' at the end of each chapter, which helps the reader to unpack the illustrated tools & strategies for immediate application in your life.

On the whole, this book may not be truly great or ground-breaking stuff, so to speak, but it has some strong learning points for the reader.
3 Seconds: The Power of Thinking Twice  Apr 29, 2008
I enjoyed this book so much I have bought more to give away as gifts.
Two Good Reasons for Five Stars  Feb 7, 2008
I think this is a five star book for two good reasons:

1) The author gives you practical self-talk phrases to replace common thinking that leads to pessimism.

These phrases are the answer to, "How do I become more optimistic?" For example, the phrase "I love a challenge" is useful as an alternative thought to "I don't know how I'll get through this". We know from years of psychological research and analysis that "what you repeat you believe" as long as the thing repeated is not countered with strong evidence. The reality is that by repeating to yourself "I love a challenge" you are likely to begin seeing challenges as positive instead of negative.

2) Chapter 3, It Takes 3 Seconds to Fuel Your Passion, is a ten star chapter by itself.

This chapter is one of the best summaries of developing passion that I've ever seen. I've told my seminar attendees for a decade now that your energy comes from your passion more than your plate. By this I mean that while eating right and exercising are important they do not give you the amazing energy of a driving passion. This chapter gives you the clear steps to creating passion. Get a vision "of the future that gives passion in the present." In other words, don't just envision "a" future, but envision a future that quickens your heartbeat and excites you to action. Purpose is the propelling force behind passion.

I often tell my students that purpose leads to passion. Passion leads to energy. Energy leads to action and actions produce results. It all starts with your vision or purpose.

This book was inspiring and I think you'll find it very helpful.
A Fresh Spin on an Enduring Message  Nov 18, 2007
The essence of this book is not a new message, but the communicative skills of Les Parrott make its development an interesting read as he instructs us to take action and not be passive. It's the first part of the book that hooks the reader has he mysteriously refutes the myth that a person should rely on first instincts in making a decision. He cites studies that say that is bad advice. The "3 seconds" to which the title refers are the second guessing that follows that initial impulse. He says wiser decisions are made in that short time frame.

In the preface John Maxwell gives the book such a sales pitch it's difficult to resist finding out what the big discovery is that Dr. Parrott has made. At the heart of the message is something that is not surprising, be focused in your work. Don't be busy for the sake of activity, but zero in on the desired results and do what it takes to make them happen.

I like Parrott's Christian worldview, however, I am disappointed that authors like him use less than Christian examples to illustrate the principles they're trying to teach. A person can "perserve" for a terrible goal and achieve a result. The principle has been applied "successfully" but evil was accomplished. Knowing how to use a principle doesn't mean something worthwhile occurs.

On pages 171-172 I found the goal-setting method of Lou Holtz to be captivating. I also like the quote from William H. Murray on page 178, "The moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too." I would add, provided that the commitment is aligned with God's will.

When I read about a man named "Winter" who was on a quest to consume coffee at a national chain and break a record, I wondered, what's the point? Turns out that is exactly the point Parrott was making, "WHO CARES????"!!! Busyness is not productivity.

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