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  • Writer's pictureTommy Sangchompuphen

No "Welcome to Moe's!"? How Missing Rituals Can Derail Your Focus

I recently went to Moe's Southwest Grill, a popular fast-casual restaurant chain known for its customizable burritos, tacos, and other Tex-Mex inspired dishes. One of Moe's signature features is their enthusiastic "Welcome to Moe's!" greeting, shouted by the staff as soon as you walk in.

This greeting represents their passionate promise to always welcome everyone with open arms and a smile. However, during my recent visit, nobody greeted me with the usual enthusiastic shout. This threw me off because it made me feel like I wasn't really at Moe's, almost like I had walked into a different restaurant altogether ... like ... Chipotle or Qdoba! I went there for lunch at an odd post-lunch crowd time, and the workers were likely in the back cleaning, so the absence of the greeting was not intentional.

This experience is similar to starting a bar prep session without a consistent beginning ritual. Just as the "Welcome to Moe's!" sets the tone and reassures you that you're in the right place, a consistent ritual at the beginning of your study sessions can help you get into the right mindset for effective studying.

Think about going to a concert. Before the band starts playing, the lights dim, and there's that initial roar of excitement from the crowd. This signals that the show is about to begin, building anticipation and preparing you for the performance. If you walked into the concert hall and the band just started playing without any warning, it would feel jarring and out of place.

In the same way, a consistent starting ritual for your bar prep can help signal to your brain that it's time to focus and get serious about studying. This could be something simple like:

Reviewing Your Goals: Spend a few minutes going over what you want to achieve in that session. This keeps you focused and goal-oriented.

Organizing Your Materials: Make sure all your materials are ready and accessible. This helps you avoid distractions and stay on track.

Mindfulness or Gratitude Exercise: Take a moment to clear your mind and set a positive tone for your study session.

By establishing a consistent starting ritual, you create a reliable framework that helps you transition into study mode more effectively. This approach can reduce stress, increase focus, and ultimately enhance your bar preparation experience.


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