Here are some of my not so favorite quotes I’ve said recently:
“The pills are on my table, guess I’ll take them in the morning. Gulp”
“My running shoes and are in the middle of my hall-way. Bleh”
“Argh. I have to go to the side room to work.”
“Damn that happy picture of me chest bumping Johnross I see as I leave my place.”
Fortunately whether I’m in a good mood or not I setup positive triggers to make myself take action or feel better.
It’s a handy trick I encourage you to use.
What I do is place things annoyingly in my way or completely out of my way to encourage a positive behavior. Over time these triggers develop into the power of habit which makes it all the more easy.
Here’s a sampling of the ones I currently do:
- I put my running shoes in my hall way at night. FINE, I can’t get around them in the morning so I go running.
- There are happy posters by my door so I try to smile as I leave my place. This is one of the best ways to get in a good mood and generate positive thinking.
- I don’t bring a power cord with me to coffee shops so I am limited to how much time I can work and goof off less. (This is one of my tips & tricks for working alone.)
- At the office I put some of my important items in a side room where I’m more productive so I tend to go work in that room more often.
- Placing my scale at the end of my bed so I have to weigh myself each day.
- My pull-up bar is on my closet door so I tend to do pull-ups each time I get dressed.
Why does any of this matter?
It’s easy to skip over things but if you set them up to automatically to reduce your friction from doing it, you are WAY more likely to get the results you want. Make it easy to say, “Yes” to yourself!
What’s 1 trigger you can setup today for yourself? Leave a comment then watch this video about Starting and KILLING habits on YouTube.