Ah, hello there, folks.
This is your captain, Sage, speaking. I’d like to thank you for flying Sweetness Airlines. We know you have a choice in self-empowerment blogs, and we appreciate your business.
The “fasten expectations sign” has been turned off, so please feel free to move about your own potential.
My flight attendant, Skyla, will be coming down the aisle in a moment with some refreshments. We’re all out of those little bags of peanuts, but we have plenty of Twizzlers.
We’ve reached our cruising altitude of 5 bajillion feet, so I’m going to switch over to autopilot.
And I suggest you do the same.
“Autopilot” is when you go about your day not really conscious of what you’re doing. It’s automatic, instinctive, and unconscious. It’s like someone else is in the driver’s seat (or pilot’s seat).
Autopilot has gotten a bad reputation lately.
There’s a whole mindfulness revolution, and drifting through life without awareness seems counterproductive.
Even I’ve written about the dangers of living on autopilot!
But autopilot can be both good and bad.
What are the negative ways to live on autopilot?
- You get into your car and arrive at your destination a short time later without remembering the drive. Scary!
- You order the same “value” meal at the same fast food restaurant every day because it’s just so easy.
- You come home from work, plop down on the couch, and proceed to zone out to bad TV all night because that’s what you always do.
But let’s go back to the definition of autopilot: unconscious…something that you “just do” as part of your routine.
Is there something in your life that you struggle to make a habit? Something you wish came easily to you?
What good-for-you things do you wish were on autopilot?
- You wake up fully rested and excited to start your day, and you never consider hitting the snooze button.
- You floss your teeth twice a day without thinking about it.
- You eat a healthy, well-balanced lunch just like you do every day.
- You head to the gym after work without a second thought, and your gym bag is already packed and waiting in the car, of course.
- You spend quality time with your family every night because that’s what you naturally enjoy doing.
Wow! What a difference you could make in your life if all those good things could be put on autopilot.
Imagine being the type of person who thinks, “That thing? Oh, it’s just what I do.”
So, how do we get there?
I’ve written before about how you can eliminate bad habits by replacing them with good habits. The real key is consistency. You must stick with your good habit indefinitely (not 21 days, 1 month, 90 days) until you reach the point where you don’t have to think about it anymore.
Then you’ll be living on autopilot…the positive kind.
What do you want to put on autopilot?
Set your sights high—remember, the sky’s the limit!
Ready to rethink autopilot? Check out these articles:
Trust Your Process
It’s Not Too Late to Change Your Habits
Challenge: What Can You Re-commit to?
If you were the ideal version of yourself, what routines would you have on autopilot?