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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; annotated edition edition (May 27, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310272491
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310272496
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 6.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #230,859 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

#1 New York Times bestselling author Les Parrott is co-founder, with his wife, Leslie, of the Center for Relationship Development on the campus of Seattle Pacific University and the bestselling author of High-Maintenance Relationships, Love the Life You Live (with Neil Clark Warren), Love Talk (with Leslie Parrott), 3 Seconds, and 25 Ways to Win with People (with John C. Maxwell). Dr. Parrott is a sought-after speaker to Fortune 500 companies and holds relationship seminars across North America. Dr. Parrott has been featured in USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times. His many television appearances include The View, The O’Reilly Factor, CNN, Good Morning America, and Oprah. To learn more, visit www.lesandleslie.com

 


More About the Author

#1 New York Times best-selling authors, 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.

The Parrotts are New York Times #1 Best Selling Authors. Their books include the award-winning Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts, Love Talk, Real Relationships, The Parent You Want to Be, The Hour That Matters Most and Crazy Good Sex.

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. Their books have sold over two million copies in more than two dozen languages.

The Parrotts have been guests on many national TV and radio programs such as CNN, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, The View with Barbara Walters, NBC Nightly News, and Oprah. Their work has been featured in USA Today and The New York Times.

Visit their website for lots of free resources at www.LesandLeslie.com and connect on Facebook: www.Facebook.com/lesandleslieparrott

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Since I read the book I have ordered 12 copies and gave them away.
KB
The book was very easy to read, straight to the point, very practical and most importantly inspiration filled.
Caroline
What you should be saying in any self-doubting situation is "I can't do everything, but I can do something."
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Tom Carpenter VINE VOICE on February 7, 2008
Format: Hardcover
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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lee Say Keng on May 11, 2008
Format: Hardcover
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.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Dr. W. G. Covington, Jr. on November 17, 2007
Format: Hardcover
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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