A trigger is any stimulus that reshapes our thoughts and actions. In every waking hour we’re being triggered by people, events, and circumstances that have the potential to change us. They can be major moments. They can be pleasant, like a teacher’s praise that elevates our discipline and ambition and turns our life around 180 degrees. Or they can be counterproductive, like an ice-cream cone that tempts us off our diet or peer pressure that confuses us into doing something we know is wrong. They can stir our competitive instincts, from the common workplace carrot of a bigger paycheck to the annoying sight of a rival outdistancing us. They can drain us like the news that a loved one is seriously ill. They can be as elemental as the sound of rain triggering a sweet memory.
“At the heart of this book is a question about the proper way to live. To what extent must we lead disciplined lives to be powerful people? Is that discipline a matter of duty, compensating for the original sin of being imperfect, or is it a matter of joy, of calling forth the inner golden virtue that lies deep within all of us? In Goldsmith’s eyes, it is both — and if you dare to take on the practices he recommends, you may come to agree with him..” — Strategy Business
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In every waking hour we’re being triggered by people, events, and circumstances that have the potential to change us.
Our environment is the most potent triggering mechanism in our lives—and not always for our benefit.
An excuse explains why we fell short of expectations after the fact. Our inner beliefs trigger failure before it happens.
An epiphany implies that change can rise out of a sudden burst of insight and willpower. It happens, of course.
Direct triggers are stimuli that immediately impact behavior with no intermediate steps between the triggering event and your response.
There’s no harder task for adults than changing our behavior. We’re geniuses at coming up with reasons to avoid change.
To understand a problem, you not only have to admit there’s a problem, but you also have to appreciate all your options.
The corporate world is filled with men and women who have worked hard to reach upper level management. They're intelligent, skilled, and even charismatic. But only a handful of them will ever reach the pinnacle -- and as executive coach Marshall Goldsmith shows in this book, subtle nuances make all the