Triggers: Creating Behavior That Lasts – Becoming the Person You Want to Be

Triggers Book Cover Triggers
Marshall Goldsmith & Mark Reiter
Decision-Making & Problem Solving
Crown Business
May 19, 2015

Triggers is a good reminder that we are a product of our environments (mental, physical, spiritual, social, etc.) and that we have the ability to tweak them to improve our chances of success. Goldsmith focuses on helping you identify “triggers” to problematic behaviors and creating an action plan. The goal is to give you a choice--respond or react.

What was different about this take on behavior change was the addition of mindfulness to the equation. In practice, this shows up as creating a series of questions in order to measure the effort you’re putting in around achieving your change in behavior and having an accountability partner ask them of you daily (versus checking to see whether you’ve achieved the goal itself which focuses only on the outcome.) For instance, “have I done my best to eat healthy today?” versus “did I lose weight today?” It puts attention on the variable you have complete control over and is very empowering.

There are some useful nuggets to help you live with more intention in order to be the person you want to be. It was worth the read.

Amanda Mitchell is an executive coach and strategist specializing in helping senior executives deal with disruptive drama within their teams. An advertising agency veteran, she experienced first-hand the business implications of corporate drama both with her Fortune 500 clients and within the Manhattan ad agency she led. She founded Our Corporate Life ( to help executives solve the problems no one wants to deal with. She has been published in Bloomberg Businessweek, and quoted in Fast Company,, and She lives in New Jersey with her family.