Going through life on auto-pilot is easy. We get into a comfortable routine that brings our daily mad scramble into some semblance of order for peace of mind. But easy and comfortable can also lull us into stagnancy and acceptance of things as they are now.
With so many demands on our attention every second of every day, being on auto-pilot has its benefits. It requires no thought, no hard decisions, no uncertainty. So you can just sit back and enjoy the ride. Those who are on the fast lane though are the ones charging towards the life they want with their hands firmly on the steering wheel, eyes forward, fully engaged and present to make course corrections as needed.
As the saying goes – the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results. So being on auto-pilot is great if you’re on track towards creating the life you want for yourself. But as the year comes to a close, and if you find yourself wanting, wishing for things to be different, it’s time to disengage your auto-pilot.
What do you really want?
For Yourself – you may already know the answer. So the question is – what are you doing about it? If you’re unhappy at work, you and you alone are responsible for managing your career. Not your company. You. And I know that you know this already. So again, what are you doing about it?
For your Relationships – are you paying enough attention to the relationships that nourish you to keep them healthy and flourishing? What are you doing to distance yourself from toxic relationships that deplete you?
For your Physical and Mental Wellbeing – this is about keeping you fighting fit and mentally strong to handle the stresses of leadership and daily challenges of life. Each of us is hard-wired differently regarding what we need to feed our resilience. Get clear on what you need and make intentional choices for the new year.
For your Personal Growth – if you’re not learning, you’re not growing. If you’re not growing, you’re not opening yourself up for new possibilities to come into your life. Revive your sense of curiosity. Start learning again and fire up some new neural pathways in your brain.
If you want more for yourself, then you’re going to have to disengage your auto-pilot and take the wheel firmly back in your hands.
It’s up to you. And there’s no better time than now.