Are you Living in Auto-Pilot?

Are you living in auto-pilot? Do you go to the same places every weekend? Visit the same people on the same day, and set time every month? Do you sit in the same seat every Sunday at Church?
Do you watch the same TV station and always listen to the same radio station every day? Are most of your clothes basically the same colour and style?

If you answered “Yes” to all of the above questions, you need to ask yourself if you are living your life in auto-pilot.

Having a morning routine is a good thing, it means you can get ready for college or work quickly. But doing the same thing day in and day out, in all areas of your life, is not a good thing. You are missing out on life. If your life is not already boring and predictable it is in danger of becoming so.

Living in auto-pilot means you are living in automatic mode. You are going through the motions of living your life; following a pre-set course, without real awareness of the life going on around you.

Making small changes every week will help create a more interesting and flexible approach to life. Examples of changes you can make include:

–  Sitting somewhere new in Church. You might make some new friends.

– Attending a meeting by a civil society organisation (whose work you admire).

– If you always wear black socks with your brown shoes, wear stripe socks for a change.

– Occasionally varying the routes you travel. You may see new shops and businesses, which you can patronise, or you may identify a need – a business opportunity.

–  Going to places you have never visited, or have not being too for a while; for example, tourist locations in your region.

– Watching a TV station you don’t normally watch. You might be surprised to find out that they have introduced new and interesting programmes.

– Occasionally tuning-in to a radio station you don’t normally listen you.

–  Reading a newspaper you never read.

Activities such as listening to different radio stations and reading a variety of newspapers, makes us aware of other perspectives. Perspectives and opinions we may not have been previously aware off or appreciated. We don’t have to agree with them, but an awareness of them will be beneficial when making decisions which impact on others.

“It is not the strongest of species that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change” – Charles Darwin

The problem with living in auto-pilot mode is that, after a while we don’t want to change. We tell ourselves that we are happy with things exactly as they are. But are we really?

Is the real reason for continuing to live in auto-pilot mode that we have become creatures of habit, and now we are afraid to change because we don’t want to attract attention to yourselves? We don’t want to stand out?

Do things differently occasionally. Develop a flexible approach to life because one thing we know for certain is that change will take place.

Adaptability and flexibility are skills much sought after by employers the world over, so it is a good idea to start developing these traits.

Don’t worry about your friends.  Just tell them “From Monday, I am going to be more adventurous”. You can all have a laugh at the little changes you plan to make.  But I am sure they will all admire your new found sense of fun and adventure.

“Let your life mean something. Become an inspiration to others so that they may try to do more and to become more than they are today.” – Thomas D. Willhite

Get out of auto-pilot mode and start living your life.


About the author

Jacqueline Akakpo

Jacqueline believes that individuals have the power to make an enormous difference and is passionate about helping people achieve their potential. She had a varied career which includes working as a trainer, marketing professional and civil engineer. She has worked in the UK, Spain and Ghana. She is the founder of

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