A trigger is an action or event that cues a behavior. Triggers are not a new thing, however they are highly under-rated. Newsflash: humans are not as special as we’d like you to believe. We can be trained with triggers and depending on what we train ourselves to do, this could lead to great success or failure. Here are few triggers I use in my daily life to help with mindset.
I don’t know if it’s the tangy taste or the childhood memories of the morning, but a glass of orange juice wakes me up better than the strongest cup of coffee. I usually save it for right before a workout. So not only am I getting the quick trigger to wake up and get focused, but I’m also getting a shot of easily used glucose to help fuel me through the workout.
I’ve spoken before on here about how one of my 2018 goals is to cultivate a mindfulness practice. Well surprise! I haven’t been very mindful about being mindful. I always set the weekly intention and then about Wednesday, I am too busy to remember to clear my mind. So I attached deep breathing to the trigger of going pee. Instead of scrolling Instagram on the toilet, I take deep, cleansing breaths. (Preferably once done with my business) The extra minute I spend in the bathroom can be all the reset I need for the rest of the day.
I use the moment before digging into my food to list three things I am thankful for either out loud or in my head. Not only does that bring my mind to the present, but it also puts my body into a parasympathetic state and readies it for the incoming food and digestion. It’s tough on our tummies to eat on the go and in a stressed state. For the sake of your gut, your adrenals, and your sanity, sit down for your meals, find a moment of zen, and chill the f— out.
Washing My Hands
Affirmations can be key to success. Put your mind a place of prosperity and prosperity will come to you. I take the minute of washing my hands to look myself in the mirror and pump myself up. My current affirmation: “I see myself in the mirror for what I am. I accept that and am at peace with that; but I will do whatever is in my control to manage the message I send. And then I won’t worry what people think. I will take of myself and cultivate an image that is me at my current best and stay engaged in the world.”
Just remember that triggers are not purely positive, they can also be negative. Example: traffic triggering rage. Just like you can cultivate a trigger, you can also avoid them to change negative behavior. If every time you get off of work and drive home you pass a DQ which makes you crave ice cream, then drive a different route. If seeing dirty dishes in the sink as soon as you wake up in the morning stresses you out, then do the dishes at night. Pay attention to your triggers and what they bring with them and change the ones you dislike.
What is the first behavior you’re going to trigger or change?