Pavlovian choices

What’s the first thing that enters your mind when you wake up early on the weekend and it’s RAINING? I hear you groaning from here – probably after you say, “Early on the weekend? Nothing goes through my head… I. Am. Sleeping!”

Call me crazy, but super early rainy Sunday mornings make me want to run. Something about it cues my brain to anticipate getting re-centered and refreshed. At a time when most people are still asleep, warm and dry, the world is mine and my breathing and steady footfalls strike their own rhythm. Rain drops kiss my face. I almost feel bionic. I’m practically my own Nike commercial!

What cues your brain to anticipate something great? What triggers get you buzzing? The smell of freshly-brewed coffee? Grabbing the dog’s leash from the drawer?

On the flip side, we often nurture cues in our life that initiate a series of disempowering actions or lines of thought. They take us away from who we are and where we want to go. What are they?

Pavlovian choices. Is that an oxymoron? I think not. Unlike Pavlov’s dog, you get to choose what triggers your response AND what your response will be.

To paraphrase that famous athletic brand: Just cue it!