Turn Off Autopilot

“Control of consciousness determines the quality of life.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

There is no secret on how to live conscious. The whole “conscious living” concept can be described with only one sentence: “Think about what you do and make conscious decisions rather than being on autopilot and letting yourself getting influenced by your habits.” That is it plain and simple.

If you’re floating aimlessly through life, feeling out of control, or clueless how you got here … deciding to turn off the autopilot could be the single most important thing you do.

Be conscious, and think about, everything you do. Make conscious choices rather than letting autopilot take the drivers seat.

Living consciously is a lifestyle. It’s not something you do once, but a habit that forms for the rest of your life. It won’t just happen over night so don’t give up.

It’s amazing how few people actually do this, and it’s even more incredible how easy it is to live life on autopilot, and just do what we always do because that’s what we’re used to doing. And it’s easier that way, even if our lives are more difficult because of this automatic living.

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”-Joe Lewis

Changing our lives is no simple task.

“We can’t be afraid of change. You may feel very secure in the pond that you are in, but if you never venture out of it, you will never know that there is such a thing as an ocean, a sea. Holding onto something that is good for you now, may be the very reason why you don’t have something better.”
C. JoyBell C.

Ready to start?:

Set goals. What is important to you? What do you want your life to be like? And how will you get there? Write it down, and keep it somewhere you will see it often.

Your Footprint. How does what you do, what you consume, and how you live, impact the environment?  How does it impact the poor, the powerless, the voiceless? How does it impact your community? Your life has an impact, whether you think about it or not.

Reflect regularly. Whether you keep a journal, or make reflecting on your day part of your evening routine … it’s important that you give things some thought. Regularly.

Respond vs. React. The truth is, we often react without thinking. It’s a gut reaction, often based on fear and insecurities, and it’s not the most rational or appropriate way to act. Responding, on the other hand, is taking the situation in, and deciding the best course of action based on values such as reason, compassion, and cooperation.

Self Awareness. Take some time to think about what kind of person you are. What your values are. Whether you live your life according to those values. How you treat people. How you treat yourself. Think about this: what do you want people to say about you when you die?

Relationship Check In.  Think about your relationships. Do you spend enough time with them? Do you show your appreciation for them? Is there a way you can improve your relationship? Do you need to forgive or apologize about anything? Are there barriers that can be removed? Communication that can be improved?

Do you have any techniques or tips for living a life with eyes wide open?


With a Grateful Heart,



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