I ran a corporate workshop to a lovely team a couple of weeks ago helping them to create their vision for their life and getting clear on what their motivations and goals were. In the workshop, we talked about what it means to escape the autopilot trap and live more intentionally instead. I thought it would make an interesting blog so here it is.
In today’s fast-paced world, it’s easy to get swept away by the whirlwind of daily life. Many of us find ourselves stuck on autopilot, cruising through routines, and reacting to situations without much thought. But what if I told you that there’s another way? Living intentionally is all about seizing the reins of your life and creating the future you desire. In this blog, we’re diving into the nitty-gritty of these two lifestyles and how you can make the shift from autopilot to a life that’s filled with purpose and meaning.
Autopilot Living: What Does It Mean?
Picture this: you wake up, follow your daily routine, and continue on the same path without ever questioning it. You’re living life by default, making choices based on societal expectations, and neglecting your personal goals. Here’s a glimpse of what autopilot living looks like:
Rigid Routine: Your daily schedule is set in stone, even if it’s no longer fulfilling or productive.
Societal Expectations: You’re heavily influenced by what society expects of you, rather than pursuing your passions.
Lack of Self-Reflection: You don’t spare a moment to ponder your goals, dreams, or where your life is headed.
Comfort Zone: Autopilot living keeps you within your comfort zone, where growth and change seem far away.
Missed Opportunities: You’re not actively seeking new opportunities, personally or professionally, and you might miss out on some amazing experiences.
Living Intentionally: What Does It Mean?
Now, imagine taking charge of your life with purpose and mindfulness. Living intentionally means setting clear goals, making choices that align with your values, and deliberately crafting the life you desire. Here’s what intentional living is all about:
Setting Goals: You have personal and professional goals, giving you a sense of direction and purpose.
Conscious Decisions: Your choices regarding relationships, career, and other aspects of your life are made with intention, guided by your values and aspirations.
Self-Reflection: Regularly, you take time to look within, understanding your motivations, recognising areas for growth, and making necessary adjustments.
Values Alignment: Living intentionally means living in harmony with your core values, resulting in a more satisfying and meaningful life.
So, how do you make the shift from autopilot to intentional living? It all starts with self-awareness. It’s like waking up from a dream and realising you’re in control of your life. Here are some scenarios where you might spot autopilot living:
Ever walked into a room with a purpose, only to forget why you’re there the moment you step inside?
Intended to send a quick message on social media and found yourself scrolling mindlessly for an hour?
Realised you’ve been in a conversation but haven’t really been listening to the other person?
Stared into space as your thoughts wandered aimlessly?
Completely blanked on names, or the events of the day or week?
Said ‘yes’ to something when ‘no’ was what you really wanted, just because it seemed easier?
Followed a morning routine without much thought, immediately reaching for your phone upon waking?
Performed routine work tasks without questioning them, even if they stifled your creativity and productivity?
Allowed habits or addictive behaviours to control you, such as smoking, overeating, or excessive phone use as a response to stress or boredom?
Drifted through life without setting clear goals or actively planning for the future, leading to a lack of direction and fulfilment?
Reacted to criticism with anger or defensiveness without giving it much thought?
The choice between autopilot living and living intentionally is a choice between letting life happen to you and actively shaping it according to your vision. The journey from autopilot to intentional living begins with self-awareness and a commitment to align your choices with your values and goals. By taking deliberate actions and nurturing mindfulness, you can cultivate a more fulfilling and meaningful life. Imagine being the author of your story, not just a passive character. It’s time to escape the autopilot trap and start living with purpose and intention. Your future self will thank you for it!
If you or your team are interested in the workshop I mentioned, get in touch to find out more.
You can also access my free Mindset mastery workshop here aimed at helping you create a mindset that empowers you to live the life you desire.