What have « Bob the Builder », Barack Obama and many celebrities from the sports-field in common?
They use(d) special gestures, words or phrases as a trigger to create positive feelings.
NLP calls this repeated use of stimulants “anchoring”.
I am not into NLP – these techniques can surely be discussed critically and have to be treated with caution and mindfulness in regard to our religion – but I can see a benefit in consciously using special things as a positive anchor:
“Yes, we can!”; Allahu Akbar; alhamdulillah; …,
smells like that of porridge with cinnamon, that remind us of home, security and the bliss of childhood memories;
fist-bumps to evoke a feeling of strength and to express victory or success;
or the sight of a cup of coffee that immediately create a feeling of pause and comfort…
Knowing these positive triggers an be very helpful in everyday life, to push the right buttons and to put ourselves in better states of (mental-)being.
For me it surely is the image of that cup of a warm beverage, that helps me calming down.
What triggers your optimism in an instant?
interesting reads on the topic:
Shakti Gawain “Creative Visualization”