Stop Living on Autopilot

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Living life on autopilot, following in the footsteps of our parents, siblings or friends and generally lacking motivation and self-esteem isn’t the life that we would want for ourselves or our loved ones. How can we make life more interesting and more positive? How can we work towards achieving the life we want or desire? Answer: very simply, by following a few easy steps towards creating lifetime goals and achievements.


How do we improve our lives: by doing the little things that we do each day? Where do we start? Good question, it’s not easy however the best place to start is with our direct environment and the stimulus that we subject ourselves to. We can start with what we listen to on a daily basis as this affects the way we think about ourselves, others and the world in which we live. Most of all it subconsciously affects our thoughts.

Instead of living your life on autopilot, letting any and every thought come into our minds we should make a conscious effort to filter our thoughts and enable our minds to think positively. This will enable us to assess our thought patterns and our actions before we act. Positive actions are always better than negative ones. Retraining our brains to only think positive is not an easy challenge especially in the world in which we live. There are however, things that we can do to help the process along.

One way of reprogramming our brains to receive positive thoughts is through monitoring the stimuli that our brains process each and every day. Instead of reading fiction, magazines or newspapers why not read inspirational books or listen to classical music, especially baroque music as its said to be: ‘intelligent music’. It’s never a good thing to listen to the news or to read the newspapers, normally the information contained in the media is of a negative nature and can be potentially damaging to us. The media inject us with negative information each and every day and it is absorbed into our subconscious just like a hypodermic syringe injects into flesh.

Just think about your journey to work each day. How many adverts on billboards do you pass each day, injecting subliminal messages into your subconscious brain? How many times did the news come on during your journey to work only to inject you with the negative happenings of the world around you? How many newspapers did you glance at in the lobby at your office or place of work? It is a guestamate; however my guess is that most of us are directly affected by the media on a day-to-day basis and over time.

Life on autopilot is boring and monotonous and as we get bogged down by the day-to-day stresses of work, family and finance we become overwhelmed by unnecessary stress. This is where others come in to the equation. We all need someone to talk to at times, being by yourself all of the time isn’t conducive to good health and close support network is vital to good health.

If you feel in need of support you could call on a helpful, positive minded friend to assist you in assessing the situation at hand. You could join a local club, church or other organisation. You could brainstorm until you have an answer that you are happy with then discuss it with someone in the know. The one thing that you shouldn’t do is to ask the advice and guidance from someone who knows less about the situation than you do. Most of us are guilty of this, we ask friends, family and work colleagues what they think and they give us their valued point of view. The question is; how helpful is their answer?

YouTube can be a positive source of inspiration; there are plenty of inspirational people out there including Tony Robbins, Les Brown, Zig Zigglar Jim Rohn, Dennis Waitley etc. There are so many of them that if I carried on naming them one by one this blog would be about men that have found the answers to all of their problems. It’s not that blog that could be the next one.

Avoid the naysayers at all costs; they’ll only bring you down. You’ll find that you finally get inspired by something, encouraged to go out there and make your mark then someone will say something to dissuade you. My advice to you is Ignore them! Go and do what it is that you need to do as long as it hurts no one or anything. If you fancy going on a helicopter ride at the ripe old age of 92 then do it. You never know when you’ll next get the chance. The worst thing that will happen to you if you don’t carry through with your aims and goals is that you’ll look back on life with regret and think, I wish I had have… The thing is, do you want to put yourself in that position?

Avoid the path of least resistance and keep a journal every day as this will allow you to monitor your thoughts and actions and make value judgements and changes that you need to make to your life. Make sure that you start every single day with a gratitude list and input it into your journal. What you think about each and every day directly affects your outcome. If you write down everything that happens to you every day with a positive slant attached to it, it won’t be long before things start to look up.

Why not try Affirmations, they seem silly and no doubt you feel silly doing them. If this is the case then they are not going to and will not work for you. Affirmations are supposed to affirm your mind, your subconscious mind that you are… x, y and z. The sub conscious mind you see does not know the difference between what is real and what is imagined. So if you imagine with affirmations and imagery you are in with a chance to convince your brain that you are… x, y and z.

Positivity is not easy and especially not easy to maintain on an on-going basis however, I promise you that if you practice with intent and the conviction and the commitment that is needed to achieve then you will succeed. It only takes 21 days for the neural pathways in the brain to reproduce and 30 days for repetitive actions to become a habit. However, to achieve this state takes relentless repetition, dedication and self-discipline. Trues self-discipline involves relentless practice, practice, practice, practice through the use of mental imagery and physical dedication. Sounds touch I know nevertheless, worth it.

So when people say they can’t give up x, y and z it isn’t because it’s an addiction that can’t be overcome. It’s because the challenge is too difficult for them at that point in time and they are not committed to achieving the change that they want to see. Commitment to the cause and the innate desire to change and improve is at the foundation of every success story.

Change isn’t easy; nonetheless positivity is the way forward.


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