THINKING IN THREES
Productivity, Satisfaction, Quality
The Power of
Thinking in Threes
Now that you have
a handle on some of your Lifetime Goals, one automatic objective is to have
every investment and expenditure of your energy and resource "do something" to
implement and actualize these ends. Thus whether your #1 Lifetime Goal is to be
a leader of nations, enjoy great wealth or simply be a good person, for this
goal to be attained there would, it seems, be the necessity for some type of
of course, is flying by the seat of one's pants. But let me ask you, which of
these approached do you think the Wright Brothers or Thomas Alva Edison utilized
when they were laying out their respective game plans?
Thus if you truly
want to achieve the Lifetime Goals you've set for yourself, you've got to
establish some Intermediary Objectives and translate these into an effective
To-Do list, and "Thinking in Threes" is a simple, quick and efficient way to do
HINT: Respond to
the following questions twice. On this first round, answer intuitively and
candidly with your initial gut reaction. Then, again this initial response is
complete, invest a few moments contemplating what, if anything, you've learned
from the overall process and respond to the following again.
Start with #1
goal on your list and find the "operative" word. Let's say your goal is "Be a
good person." Is the action-word "be," or the quality-word "good" or the
human-word "person" more emphatically important to you?
What ever word
you arrive at, write it down.
Go to your #2
goal -- let's pretend it's "Enjoy great wealth." Choose one of these words that
holds the dearest meaning for you and, as with your #1 goal, write this word
Move on through
your list of goals, however many they may be, contriving a single word that
somehow -- and probably only to you -- represents the "distilled essence" of
what that particular goal is all about. Thus if your #3 and #4 goals were "Be a
good parent to my children" and "Live happily ever after in a comfortable
house," a distilled list of essences, from which to create a personally unique
"pneumatic" cognitive tool (which enables you to leverage the attainment of your
Lifetime Goals through your daily actions and routines), might look something
Now the first
thing you'll notice is that I somewhat broke the rules. That is, I used 2 words
to communicate the essence of one thought. And it's important to heed the fact
here that doing this -- aka: "discarding the rules" -- is in good measure what
all "TMx3: Step Thirteen" practices are all about. That is, that ultimately the
only rules worth abiding are those which add PSQ to the overall experience of
The second thing
you'll notice is that these words -- being the ones you chosen to represent the
distilled essence of your goals -- have a special "conjuring" influence on your
frame of mind. That is, as you echo the word in your psyche, a sort of "resonant
image" fills your thoughts.
For a good
example of what I'm describing, think about the word "mom." Though by dictionary
definition we likely have similar ideas about what this word means, in the
experiential dimension we each flavor this generic definition with unique
emotional and intellectual tones. This intellectual/emotional "charge" gives
each mental image a measure of "pro/con" energy.
Thus a critical
step of "Thinking In Threes" is to identify the flavor/tone of the pro/con
energy intrinsic to your goals, and to think critically about it. That is, after
you've compiled a initial "gut reaction" keyword list, go back over it as you
would if you were taking an inventory of the resources you have on hand.
As you reflect on
your pro/con assets, evaluate each one of them in accord of your own unique
appreciation for PSQ and what having it means to you, personally, in the scope
of your own life.
Edit your list,
further distilling the essences you expressed, with the objective being to both
capture and liberate the totality of your Lifetime Goals in three (resonant
image filled) words.
example posed above, a "Thinking In Threes" keyword list might end up looking
Abundance / Joy
Finally, to fully
implement "Thinking In Threes" all that's left to do is write this cognitive
pneumatic leveraging phrase across the top of your routine To-Do list, reading
it silently to yourself every time you check an item off. Do this
religiously for three weeks, then forthrightly evaluate your results!!!
The how-tos of To-Do lists are admirably discussed in many works related to time
management. Notable among these, “How
To Get Control of your Time and Your Life,” by Alan Lakein, is
regarded as the Industry Standard.