Triggers

triggers

Triggers play a large part in why we react in particular ways to certain situations (or triggers) and are one of the foundational elements of our habits. These same triggers can also be used, to help ease our transition of replacing a bad habit, with a new more desirable habit.

Positive & Negative Reinforcement

A lot of our bad habits, are intrinsically linked to one of our most evolutionary learning practices (i.e. positive and negative reinforcement). 

It goes something like this. 

  • We see some food that looks good > our brain says calories = survival > we eat it and it taste goods > brain remembers that it is good to eat this food.
  • This lays down a context driven memory OR see food > eat food > feel good > repeat. 

trigger > behavior > reward > repeat

Whenever we experience a trigger, the promise of the reward incentivizes us to follow a particular behaviour.

The 5 second rule – Mel Robbins

If you have an impulse that is pulling you, and if you don’t marry it with an action within 5 seconds, your brain’s emergency brake cuts into action killing the idea. This applies to waking up with the alarm, introducing yourself to someone new, getting up to dance, getting started on an action etc.

Which is why one of the most effective ways to make a change, is getting used to acting within 5 seconds of getting an impulse.

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Critics

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