‘I wish I hadn’t sent that’: Gmail uses STAR
The whole point of learning STAR, the antidote to The Almond Effect®, is to stop ourselves acting impulsively, in the wrong way, at the wrong time, for the wrong reason, when something stirs us up or catches us off-guard.
In the Gmail Labs, there is a fabulous tool that is doing just that.
It gives us a second chance to Stop and Think before we send an email we will regret.
Turn on the ‘Undo Send’ feature in Gmail by going to Settings then Labs. Then when you hit ‘send’, Gmail will pause for 5 seconds before actually sending the email.
If you realize in that time (and we usually know in an instant when we have done something and wish we hadn’t), you press simply ‘Undo’ and Gmail redirects the email to your draft box. Email not sent – no harm done!
It’s STAR in action
If you’re looking for an example of (assisted!) STAR in action, this is it: Stop, Think, Act, Rewire.
Gmail delays (STOPS) the sending for you, giving you time to THINK about what you’ve just done and what your real intention and the consequences might be.
It gives you 5 seconds to ACT and press ‘undo’ if necessary. And if you press ‘undo’ it pops it back into your Drafts box so you can REWIRE i.e. review and rewrite the email until it’s ready for you to send.
Now all we want is have an ‘undo send’ mechanism for our mouths, facial expressions and our body language!
The change organ
Our brains can and do change – it’s called neuroplasticity. However, it takes courage to deeply examine what makes us tick and triggers our immediate non-thinking behaviours.
Changing embedded patterns of behaviour can be hard without determination and practice.
We can change our brains by changing our minds. But you have to stay on track. Understanding The Almond Effect® and mastering STAR helps you do that.