The Automatic Pilot – A Homer Simpson Moment

I was driving up in the parking deck of my building the other day when I realized I needed to retrieve my mail, back on the ground floor. So I stopped on Level 2 and walked downstairs.

Ten minutes later I found myself in my office, needing to make a call. No cell phone. No purse, either, and no car. DOH !! I'd left everything except my keys on Level 2.

My first thought was, "You nut!" But, my second thought was much more interesting. What happened was a perfect example of my "automatic pilot" in action. It took full control, allowing me to walk downstairs, get my mail, walk up several flights of stairs, enter my office and sit at my desk, all while deep in thought about …. whatever. Wow, what else could it do?

Really, we could not survive without our it-it allows us to do things like walk and talk at the same time, or hit the brakes when needed. But our automated pilot also has us think, feel, act-and react-to certain circumstances in ways that may not be so valuable.

And much of our auto pilot's programming is inherited, was developed unconsciously or is no longer useful. For example, some of us dread the ringing of our phones no matter who is calling, while others can not resist answering whenever our phones ring, or responding immediately to the ping of every new email.

But what if you could certainly program your automatic pilot in ways that serve you-that make you happier, more productive and more prosperous? What if your automatic pilot had you seen the positive aspects of almost any situation?

We can not be present to everything, every moment-that would be impossible, not to mention exhausting. So do not fight the automatic pilot-PROGRAM IT! It is possible to have your automated pilot work for you in manifesting your dreams.

In the coming month, get to know your automated pilot and to look for where it's helping and could be even more helpful.