Priming is one of those things that we are constantly exposed to, it affects the decisions we make, what we pay attention to and believe it or not, what we remember.
"Priming is where the exposure to one stimulus, influences the response to another stimulus"
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Have you ever been in that situation where you buy a new gadget and you start to 'notice' that other people have the same gadget? I remember buying an iPhone 5 when it first came out and I could swear before I bought it, hardly anyone had one. Then, the first day, it was like everyone had one! To be fair that may have 'actually' been the case. The point is I was primed, my interest had been sparked off and I was unconsciously aware of this item. What if you could:
Think about it.
If you have ever experienced information overwhelm you will have had that feeling of having to react all of the time (responding to a never ending flow of email is a great example). Priming can help by raising your awareness of when you go into this reactive mode, firing a trigger for you to become consciously aware of what you are doing in that moment. You then have the choice of what you want to do next.
Priming can help you take control of some key areas in your life in as little as 3 minutes per day, simply by setting up priming routines using specifically structured primer questions. This is one of my favourites:
This question does a few key things:
These 3 things combined makes this an ideal primer question. Imagine if you were to spend no more than 30 seconds a day focusing on this question and answering it in your mind. What might happen?
If you engage with it in an open way you may notice that your brain comes back with all sorts of goodies
By asking these type of questions daily, the idea of them starts to show up in your day when you least expect it. In the same way, you notice that iPhone 5 everywhere, suddenly you start noticing when you are relaxed, focused or excited AND when you are not. This gives YOU back the choice of what you do next. Pretty cool right?
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