More on Triggers and the Hook

Manufacture a habit to push through your motivation dip and encourage consistent learning and practice using the Hook.

The Hook model is simple. It consists of four inter-related phases that need to be repeated to become solid; trigger, action, reward and investment.

Remember, repetition is key to its successes.

Internal and external triggers

Triggers cue the user to take action and they can be internal or external associations.

Internal triggers are mental associations with objects or experiences that make you do something. External triggers, on the other hand, are related to objects in your environment directing you towards an action.

By cycling continuously through hooks, users can form  an association with more powerful internally driven triggers, which attach themselves to existing emotions and behaviours. Soon emotion trigger behaviours and the internal trigger itself becomes part of the involuntary behaviour. This is when the habit is formed.

Choose better triggers for better learning

Choosing your trigger is important, because it is the thing that needs to kickstart your action (learn/study). External triggers can be as simple as a reminder from a friend or family member, or perhaps a post-it placed on the fridge. It may simply be an alarm with a reminder. Whatever it is, it needs to be repeatable and cause you to act in order to form your healthy learning habit.

Internal triggers might be a mental link between your desire to learn and a certain object or location. Forming a strong habit requires you to build up your mental association with the object or location by studying in the same place (or with the same object) for a number of times and cycling through the Hook repeatedly.

Having the same person remind you frequently of the need to study will also help you associate them with your desire to learn, turning an external trigger into an internal one.

What are you waiting for!? Go form your learning habit.