We the people are a reflection of our habits. Good habits and bad habits. This quote should come as no surprise then.
The human brain isn’t exactly a VCR (if you’re old enough to know what this is), but it can be programmed almost exactly the same way. So how can you accomplish this?
The answer is in your triggers.
What is a trigger? Psychology defines it as, “A trigger is something that sets off a memory tape or flashback transporting the person back to the event of her/his original trauma.” Triggers drive our habits and these habits run our lives.
How do I know? I had a nasty tobacco habit for a few years, and it amplified as I introduced the habit to additional triggers. I chewed tobacco when I had a long drive. Then it became: when I golfed, mowed the lawn, read a book, etc. Many of my activities throughout the day were impacted by the habit. When the activity began, my brain triggered the need for nicotine and oral fixation. I found out my biggest challenge when kicking the habit was preparing my mind for the guaranteed trigger reaction. Conquer this and the habit would disappear, and it did.
I learned the same energy and focus could be applied to adding positive triggers to my life instead of only removing the negative. I use these triggers to refuel my brain with: positivity, new insights, challenging viewpoints, and more positivity. If you’re wondering why I listed positivity twice, it’s because there is so much damn negativity around I have to fight it off with twice the effort.
The mediums I utilize once the trigger is activated are:
- YouTube Videos
- Motivational Quotes
- Success blogs
- Encouraging emails from clients
- Cards from friends
The key is to understand your triggers and then insert a positive habit to reinforce the activity. We’re creatures of habit and we have hundreds of them. It shouldn’t be hard to find a time or activity to insert some positive mental training into your day.
ACTION ITEM: The time to start wiring your brain for positivity is today. Science tells us it takes 21 days to create a habit. If this is true, and you start today you will be a refreshed individual in three weeks time. Make the choice to implement a new habit, you already have the triggers in place.