Trigger. To trigger. To be triggered.

I’ve been thinking a lot about this word. It has begun appearing in numerous conversations at work and with friends. It has also meandered its way in to my daily meditation and mindfulness practice.

All of this got me thinking about the various uses.

Trigger. To trigger. To be triggered.

Most often, this phrasing is used to convey emotions of frustration, annoyance, and anger? “He/She/It triggered me, and then I _____.” (Usually negative words follow – lashed out, cried, yelled, etc.)

But aren’t we just as triggered by something to spring in to action?

When I think of the word trigger, I think of an object or idea being impacted by a rapid burst of energy and/or emotion.  A thing is triggered, which catalyzes that thing in to action, and that action has an immediate (and sometimes lasting) impact on its environment.

A bullet.  A dream.  A choice of words.  A feeling.  A mindset.

Because choice of vocabulary plays a big role in my world, I entered “trigger” in to my computer dictionary. The following words appeared:

Trigger (v)










Set off

Spark off

Antonym: Halt

Perhaps it’s just me, but I read that list and see positivity.  It captures a great summary of the basic message of Inspired Grit:

Find your path or make one. Identify, take action, follow through, halt and release any unproductive habits and mindsets that no longer serve you.


To trigger.

To be triggered.

If what I trigger has an immediate ripple effect (which it does, thanks to energy), I can actively choose to weave my energy and words in to a positive web. This web will ripple to others. And, since those very ripples return in some form, what I trigger will directly impact my life.

Which makes me ask: why wouldn’t you opt to take control and trigger your way to your dreams?