It’s official -- I’m old! This past weekend I made that purchase that we all dread. I bought a daily pill box organizer. You know those M, T, W, T, F, S, S labeled boxes you fill with pills so that you can remember to take them! Fortunately, I only have one prescription pill to take daily (thanks Mom for the healthy genes!), but I have hundreds of vitamins and supplements to help me age gracefully. Well, maybe not hundreds, but lots and lots! And I have a heck of a time remembering when to take them and then if I took them at all. Enter the dreaded daily pill box organizer. Now don’t get me wrong -- I totally appreciate the organizational tool as I’m all about organization. I just hate that I can’t remember. But to my defense, my brain is now so full of new ideas about blogs and trainings and communication strategies that there are just not enough brain cells to remember some of the small stuff! I bet some of you feel that way about the communication strategies that I share. Just like those vitamins and supplements, there are lots and lots of ideas, and it can seem overwhelming to think about trying all of them. So today’s blog is about the Magic Number 3! The number 3 must be magical -- you get 3 wishes with a genie, there are 3 bears and 3 pigs and 3 wise men, 3 strikes and you’re out and then there are 3 outs, and who can forget “Three Times a Lady”?! In history, science, art, and religion, the Magic Number 3 is used to make sense of our world. I suggest today that you use it to make sense of the shared communication strategies. Just like the Texas Lottery, PICK 3! Pick 3 strategies to work on, and create reminders to help you develop the strategies into habits.
Now for my commercial -- go back and read my previous blogs. Note the communication strategy shared, and after seeing all of the options, pick 3 to work on. For example, maybe you need to work on giving positive feedback or showing appreciation. Maybe you want to work on responding in a timely way to texts and emails. Maybe you wish for stronger connections to coworkers so you will make time to communicate and share some personal stories. Look at the communication strategies and just pick 3. Then find a way to help you remember to work on the strategies. Write the 3 strategies on a sticky note and put on your computer screen. Make the list your phone screen saver. Put the list at the top of your calendar page. Every morning, rewrite the list to help you remember. Note the times you use the strategies. Just find a way to help you use the strategies over and over until you create a habit. Then -- you knew this was coming -- find 3 more communication strategies to work on! etc Strategies believes that everyone can use the Magic Number 3 to develop more effective and successful communication strategies. And if a genie suddenly appeared and offered me 3 wishes, I would wish that the Magic Number 3 helps you create strong communication strategies, for world peace, and that Houston would have no humidity!