The brain is an intriguing part of our bodies because so much of what we are is controlled there. It is common though for our thinking to become stuck in a recurring pattern. If you are doing it all on auto pilot, then it is time to change the way you think! You will get more out of life when you take such an approach. It will improve your relationships, your attitude, your work environment, and even how you feel about yourself.
It can be hard to assess your thinking process when you are on auto pilot. Try to do so objectively though so you can see things in a new light. Think about something you do at home or work all the time. Now ask yourself why you do it that way. If the answer is because that is the way it has always been done, you are not really thinking about it. Now that you have identified the circumstances, put some serious thought into the process. Is there a better way that you can do it?
Relationships can be tricky as well as difficult. If you find that some of them are stressful at times, you need to change your way of thinking. What is it about the relationship that doesn’t flow well? Do you have the same conversation over and over again with your spouse, child, or other person in your life? Is the outcome always the same no matter what? If so, then it could be because of one or both of you is on auto pilot when it comes to your thinking.
A great way to change that is to ask the other person what they are thinking. Once they tell you, ask them why they feel that way about it. When you respond to them, ask yourself the same question. What is it that is triggering such a response? Is this the pattern of behavior that you always go with? If so, then why not try something new because obviously what you are doing now and what you have done in the past wasn’t productive.
The workplace environment is a great opportunity for you to change your way of thinking. Many people go to work each day, do their job, and go home. There is likely to be many areas of you job where you can do it differently with the same or better results. As you start to identify those areas, write them down. Present your plans to your boss and see if they are willing to allow you to try them. Most employers love to see employees taking such initiative.
When you make the conscious decision to change the way you think, you can remove many of the negative outcomes or experiences from your life. You can focus your energy on the positive around you. Look for solutions that fit the circumstances instead of going on auto pilot and doing what you always have in the past. At first you will have to think hard about it to make it work. However, it will soon become part of your regular behaviors that you engage in.
Other people will appreciate you more too because you encourage them to explore their own ideas too. You won’t be cutting them off with your automated response to their situation. As a result you will find that you are happier, you have less stress, and that your various relationships with others have improved. If you are thinking on auto pilot you may be getting several things done, but you are only going through the motions with them.
You need to make sure you are fully exploring all your choices. Don’t just accept what is in front of you. There is much more out there being offered to you if you are receptive to it. Once you have made the choice to change your thinking, you will start to notice those opportunities more and more throughout your day.