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The Power of Habit: Setting Up 'Triggers' to Sustain Habits

05/13/2015 12:21 pm ET | Updated May 13, 2016

I've spent my entire career helping high performers set up better strategies and habits to keep them energized, engaged and achieving their best. And the biggest secret I've learned in almost 20 years in this field is what I call "trigger moments."

In essence, trigger moments are cues that remind you to activate your intentions or habits.

It's one thing to have the intention to be more kind, patient and loving with people; it's quite another to set a reminder on your phone that triggers you into being that kind of person. It's one thing to want to eat healthier, but another to set up a mental trigger that says, "Every time I drop off my kids at school, I immediately go to the gym or drive to the grocery store and buy fresh produce." A trigger is a "when this thing happens, then I do or think that."

For example, if you want to become more present and calm throughout the day, set up three phone alarms to go off throughout the day with a label that says, "Close your eyes, take 10 deep breaths in, and remind yourself to be calm." These reminders will trigger you to enact the new behavior.

One of my favorite triggers to set up are "doorframe triggers." Here's how it works: When you walk into a room you have a psychological trigger go off in your mind that you've associated with that doorframe. So, for example, when you walk into the office in the morning, have three words go through your mind about how you want to interact with other people. Set up this same kind of trigger for when you walk into meetings, conference rooms, and even when you walk into your house.

Whatever you want to achieve in your life -- better health, more energy, more clarity -- set a trigger.

If you set up more triggers reminding yourself to stick to your habits and intentions, everything in your life will change. You will feel more energized, engaged and on track and you will experience what we call The Charged Life.

About Brendon Burchard

Brendon Burchard is the most watched personal development trainer in the world and a Top 100 Most Followed Public Figure on Facebook. Over 30,000,000 people watched his videos in the last 12 months, and over 15,000,000 see his posts every week on Facebook. A #1 New York Times bestselling author, his books include The Motivation Manifesto, The Charge, The Millionaire Messenger, and Life's Golden Ticket.

At the age of 19, Brendon was in a car accident that inspired him to turn his life around and follow his dream to be a writer and trainer. He failed at first, going bankrupt as he strove to write his first personal development book. But by the age of 32, he became a #1 bestselling author and a multimillionaire as an early pioneer in the online education space. Since then, he has dedicated his life to helping others find their charge and share their voice with the world.

Larry King named Brendon "one of the top motivation and marketing trainers in the world." SUCCESS Magazine named him in their Top 25 Most Influential in Personal Development along with legends like Oprah, Tony Robbins, Joel Osteen, Dave Ramsey, Suze Orman, Deepak Chopra, and Wayne Dyer.

To learn more about his seminars, book, and online courses, visit him at www.Brendon.com