Kim Peterson, CEO CommonSenseHealth.org
I recently finished listening to the audiobook, Triggers, by Marshall Goldsmith, this is one of those books that is a game changer, as it speaks to the challenges that we all face when trying to become a better version of ourselves.
It’s tough, we stumble, we fall … even the most impressive and successful among us need help actually taking action, rather than just reading about becoming a better communicator, more effective leader, better Mom, better Dad, better Grandparents.
On his site, the book is described as follows.
“Our reactions don’t occur in a vacuum. They are usually the result of unappreciated triggers in our environment—the people and situations that lure us into behaving in a manner diametrically opposed to the colleague, partner, parent, or friend we imagine ourselves to be. These triggers are constant and relentless and omnipresent. The smell of bacon wafts up from the kitchen, and we forget our doctor’s advice on lowering our cholesterol. Our phone chirps, and we glance instinctively at the glaring screen instead of looking into the eyes of the person we are with. So often the environment seems to be outside our control. Even if that is true, as Goldsmith points out, we have a choice in how we respond.
In Triggers, his most powerful and insightful book yet, Goldsmith shows how we can overcome the trigger points in our lives, and enact meaningful and lasting change.
Change, no matter how urgent and clear the need, is hard. Knowing what to do does not ensure that we will actually do it. We are superior planners, says Goldsmith, but become inferior doers as our environment exerts its influence through the course of our day. We forget our intentions. We become tired, even depleted, and allow our discipline to drain down like water in a leaky bucket. In Triggers, Goldsmith offers a simple “magic bullet” solution in the form of daily self-monitoring, hinging around what he calls “active” questions. These are questions that measure our effort, not our results. There’s a difference between achieving and trying; we can’t always achieve a desired result, but anyone can try. In the course of Triggers, Goldsmith details the six “engaging questions” that can help us take responsibility for our efforts to improve and help us recognize when we fall short.”
We all understand that …
When you are on top of your financial situation, there is always money in the bank. Stress is minimized substantially as a result.
When you work out regularly and eat well, your clothes fit better, you are more confident and you have the energy to keep up and excel in our fast-paced world.
When you are present and put an emphasis on communicating with the person in front of you (in both business and personally) rather than being distracted or multi-tasking, you have a greater chance of getting it right the first time rather than having to go back multiple times to correct miscommunications.
Dr. Goldsmith suggests asking yourself the following questions and tracking your results every day.
The “magic bullet” questions or questions which measure your effort, not your results are:
When you realize, recognize and monitor the Triggers that keep you from taking the action you need in the most critical areas of your life, you have the fuel and resources to make small tweaks in your behavior which lead to BIG results in your life.
Kim Peterson is a passionate Health & Wellness Advocate and the Founder and CEO of CommonSenseHealth.org. Since 2009, CSH has been helping to establish an online presence while generating leads and sales for Health & Wellness clients worldwide. Prior to CSH, Kim was the Founder of Light Force Therapy, a company that rapidly became a multi-million-dollar leader in the light therapy industry.
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