|Posted on 15 February, 2018 at 7:05|
Motivation Monday: Triggers
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How often do you feel fatigued whilst working the 9–5? Or worse, how many lulls in energy do you get, yet can’t sleep at night? This series is aimed at helping you.
Lesson 6: Triggers
Clicking into a routine can take a lot of time and effort so it’s important to know any potential shortcuts.
This point in the year is where it’s time to plan for fitness. Whether it’s an event or there is a holiday, it’s about giving yourself time to get into the routine.
There is a challenge in knowing how and when to start, first and foremost but once you’ve established that it is the motivation factor that’s crucial.
What is a trigger? Well simply put, it’s something that kickstarts training after a plan has been put in place. For me, on my day off running has become so ingrained in my routine that having my kit ready or my pre run drink in place normally gets things going.
It could also be a reward or small treat, taken pre-training that makes you feel added incentive to get it done.
Normally it is the smaller actions that instigate the bigger plan and get results. Clearly having an overriding schedule will guide you on course but motivation can lull throughout the lifespan of a plan. These small tricks will ensure that a potentially missed session turns productive.
On a deeper psychological level, triggers have negative associations. If. you allow certain things to bother you, there is normally a trigger. Stress doesn’t just appear, it’s normally a concoction of things. As my mentor Dax Moy puts it, it’s like the recipe for a bolognese. The food doesn’t just appear: it takes mince, sauce and pasta. Once you see these gradually being added then you know that you are on course for stress, failure or whatever the issue is.
The way to solve it is to become aware of these triggers and take notice of when they appear. Once you acknowledge the chain, you can derail the issue. Whether it’s to take a step back or sort the individual ingredients out then they can be tackled.
Once the stress levels mount, it’s normally our subconscious senses that act up and stir things. For me, loud noises are a trigger and in conjunction with other things it can stress me out.
Similarly to failure, if we begin to see patterns emerge then it becomes a spiral that worsens. It could be skipping breakfast, drinking excessive coffees and getting an energy drop then driving straight past the gym on the way home. Each of these actions are individual but all triggers for what we perceive as failure.
Being mindful of your routine will certainly assist but controlling what we do on a subconscious level is easier said than done!
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