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Rosanne D'Ausilio, Ph.D. Editor and Publisher
Volume V, Issue 9
Date: September 1, 2004 - The Rule of Three
-The US Marine Corp believes strongly in what they call "The Rule of Three." They found that implementing this rule saves lives, gets more done faster and more efficiently.
The rule is that a person should limit his or her attention to only three tasks or goals. When applied to strategizing, the rule prescribes drilling down a world of infinite possibilities to three alternatives. Anything more and you can become overwhelmed, overextended, and confused.
I've always believed that three is a powerful number. Following are some significant places that the #3 shows up.
The most powerful physical structure is the triangle or pyramid. It's the building blocks of Buckminster Fuller's geodesic dome as well as the Great Pyramids of Egypt. For Christians--it's the Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
For superstitious people (like me) everything happens in threes, good, bad, and indifferent. And then, of course, we have Mind, Body, and Spirit. Three is a powerful number metaphysically-a number of completion.
There are three great divisions of time--past, present, and future. Thought, word, and deed, complete the sum of human capability. Three kingdoms embrace our ideas of matter--mineral, vegetable, and animal.
Three Primary Colors - all other colors can be produced from these. The surface of the earth - is one third land, two thirds water.
There are 3 wishes, 3 blind mice, 3 musketeers, 3 porridge-eating bears, and 3 little pigs.
With all the options and possibilities that draw or pull at you to choose them, what's really important to you both professionally and personally?
Make lists so you can see in black and white (or whatever color you choose) three goals, tasks, things you want to do before you're 30, 40, 50, 60, before you die. Then prioritize those lists and drill down to three. Now do them! You'll find your focus has sharpened, your effectiveness has increased, and a sense of completion can be experienced.
QUOTE OF THE MONTH: The difference between involvement and commitment is like ham and eggs. The chicken is involved, the pig is committed.
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