Dr. Marshall Goldsmith is a world-renowned business educator and coach. He has been recognized as one of the top ten Most Influential Management Thinkers in the world and is the highest rated executive coach, according to Thinkers50 Conferences in London. He has been recognized by the Harvard Business Review, American Management Association, Business Week, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and many others publications. His books have sold over two million copies worldwide, been translated into thirty languages, and become bestsellers in twelve countries. He has also written two New York Times bestsellers; MOJO, and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There.
Definition of Topic
As we journey through life we make plans, often with an idea of who we want to be in the future, but there are environmental triggers that tend to take us off of our intended path. A trigger is any stimulus that impacts our behavior. Triggers create us, and, in part, we create part of the world that creates us. But by managing our environmental triggers, we can achieve our personal vision.
Importance of Topic for Success
We seldom live up to our New Year’s resolutions. Why? Because triggers lead to an impulse and the impulse leads to a behavior. The key is to have a level of awareness so we can stop, breathe, and then realize that we have a choice before we exhibit the behavior.
Imagine you’re driving down the street after a long day of work and your spouse yells, “Look out – there’s a red light up ahead!” Now, did you say, “Thank you,” or, “I know there’s a red light – did you think I didn’t see it?” The latter comment probably results in you screaming at your spouse (and most people would admit they choose the latter option), which alienates your spouse. It didn’t cost your spouse anything to tell you about the red light, and your behavior is contrary to the kind of person you want to become. This happened because you overreacted to a trigger without thinking.