Consider this -
You're driving your daughter to a playdate. Most of the time while you are driving you are worried about things like losing your job which is a stressful job. When you get to your destination, you realized you're actually at the grocery store, not your child's friend’s house.
You had been on “autopilot” for most of that drive - you were not fully present in that moment. Researchers say that the average person spends over half their time on autopilot. If you are living on autopilot, and are not being engaged in the moment, you’re missing out on your life.
Four warning signs that you may be living on autopilot:
1.Constantly Checking Your Phone
To fill your idle moments, you check your phone. Check emails at red lights. You respond to text messages when you’re in the waiting room. You dictate your to do list into your phone while you’re driving. You’re constantly connected to your smartphone, but you’re disconnected from the world around you.
We all complain somewhat, about all different things but if you notice that you’re frequently complaining about the same things, then you might be living on autopilot.
When you’re on autopilot, it’s tough to notice the good things in your day. You can’t enjoy the pleasant things in life if you’re always focused on the negative.
Wow! Your plate is empty but you can’t remember what your food tasted like or perhaps you just realized you’ve eaten more food than you thought you did. This type of disconnect between your body and mind can lead you to overeat and to not enjoy your meals.
4.Letting Life Happen to You
You have a few goals but mostly you’re letting yourself drift along in life and you spend most of your time reacting to life, rather than living it. That's okay in a crisis where you’re focused on survival and there's no time to tackle anything else.
Hopefully most of your life will not be lived in a crisis so it's time to disengage autopilot. Stop accepting what’s happening as if you have no control over your life.
Living on autopilot is a habit and it will take some effort to disengage from it. Just take it one moment at a time and soon you will be fully living from moment to moment!
Be present in your present!
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