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So you’re contemplating the quality of your daily life and how to achieve fulfillment and happiness. Awesome. So, one of the first things to consider is your “autopilot” and what it means to your life. Do you want your life run by the same thing that runs airplanes? Do you want your life on automatic like you’re a machine?
Probably not. It doesn’t sound like something that navigates us toward fun, health, and happiness. But many of us live an autopilot kind of existence. We do the same things every day, walking through the motions, without stopping to think about our purpose in life or whether we really want to be doing these things.
The first step to shutting down your autopilot and becoming the captain of your own life is to stop and question your actions. Each and every action. But you don’t have to start with all of them at once. Start with your alarm in the morning. Do you like waking up to it? How would you prefer to wake up? What can you do to make a change right now so you wake up differently tomorrow?
And don’t let yourself answer with a “just because,” but give yourself a real answer. Why are you doing the thing you’re doing? If you can’t come up with a reason that feels good, then make a change.
Your “Become the Captain of Your Life” Assignment
- Three times today stop and examine one of your actions. Ask yourself, why are you doing it?
- Then ask if this action could change? Should it change? If so, how?
- Maybe the answer you give yourself is that the action should stay the same. That’s okay, too. But engage in a conversation with yourself and see where it takes you.
Post the three actions you examined and what you learned from questioning yourself to the comments below.