Autopilot is consuming vast amounts of time in our lives, often without us even realizing. Autopilot simply refers to thinking about something else whilst we are doing a certain activity.
It’s that constant whirr of thoughts which pass through you while you walk the dog, or cook dinner. It’s responsible for forgetting where you put your house keys. It accounts for the times when you don’t remember the drive home after work.
Most of us live large amounts of our lives on autopilot, which essentially means we live ‘automatically’ and are not aware of large portions of our days. With social media distractions, family routines, and busy jobs living on autopilot becomes a norm and in this blog, I want to show you how to step out of life on autopilot and step into the magnificent you.
Picture this. Life begins to slip away, unable to be remembered from one moment to the next. It’s no surprise that people frequently remark, “how quickly time flies”.
In truth, autopilot robs us of a significant number of days, weeks, even years of our lives if we let it, for we are rarely aware of the physical moment we are in. Autopilot is also called ‘mind wandering’ and firstly needs to be recognised before we feel motivated to address and change it.
There are multiple techniques used which, with practise alleviate time wasted on autopilot. Mindfulness is one such technique. Another is setting a clear, defined intention or life goal which we deeply desire, and will follow through to the end.
It comes down to being conscious of something. Conscious of the moment we are in. Of consciously creating something and being aware that we are in the process of doing this.
There are hundreds of good books, blogs and courses on mindfulness techniques, but it’s actually a very simple process to adopt, if practised as often as possible.
The easiest way to become mindful is to force yourself to stop when you notice your thoughts are wandering, and bring yourself back to the present moment. I often use the 5 senses.
What do you see, smell, taste, touch and hear in the present moment? Even if you are lying in bed you can become mindful! It’s simply becoming consciously aware of the moment you are experiencing, and noticing every little thing around and seeing beauty in it.
With regular practise, you will start to realise when you are on auto-pilot and bring yourself out of it, into the present moment in time.
Setting an Intention
Setting and achieving an intention for yourself is one of the most self-gratifying things one can do and allows you to step out of auto-pilot. An intention or ‘life goal’ is something we set as a target for ourselves to truly achieve, and therefore are conscious in actively doing this.
In life, it’s far too easy to coast along and just freewheel your way through your days, without a care for what’s happening tomorrow or next week. You need to really focus and think about what’s important to you, which direction you want to be heading in life.
Do you want to live your life being more aware of the days which pass you by? Do you want to focus on your parenting skills? Due to you want to study something new? Ask yourself what do you really and truly want, and make it an intention that you will stick to.
Start small; little steps towards your intention are the foundations for bigger things. Don’t expect immediate changes and be kind to yourself, see the process as a journey, a learning curve and enjoy actively working towards your intention.
Relish being focused on something important! Be consistent with it and work towards it. Write lists, set goals and you will soon be on your way.
Believe in yourself first and foremost when it comes to achieving your intention. Take daily steps to reinforce your self-belief, whether it’s writing down your achievements, or sticking post it notes to yourself on your bathroom mirror.
Say your intention aloud to yourself daily, even say it in your mind whilst queueing at the supermarket. Belief in yourself must be at the foundation of your intention for it to progress. And don’t think any intention is too big or small!
When we talk about intentions, we mean living a life with meaning, having a goal which takes time and effort but is not impossible, and stepping out of autopilot and into something that truly means a lot to us. Consciously taking that intention to fruition.
Documenting your progress in the form of a journal or diary may help keep your focus and stimulate you to keep going and not give up.
Ultimately, the intention enables us to step out of autopilot and into a topic of meaning to us, that we are consciously creating and that we therefore utilise our time out of autopilot.
I hope you enjoy this blog and found the above tips on how to stop living on autopilot useful to you. I wish you all success in stepping into a magnificent you and in living your life to its possible best.
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