Do you wake up everyday, roll over and do what you can to squeeze in just a little more sleep? Or do you throw off the covers and leap into the day? Probably if you’re like most it’s a combination of both. However, you also probably incline in one direction or the other.
How much of your life happens without your direct input?
Going through your day you are asked to do things, big and small. How do you approach those? Do you complain about being asked? Try and foist responsibility on to others? Worry you aren’t capable and lament your miserable life?
Or do you relish the opportunity? Seek out the advice and help of others? Look at the request as an opportunity to learn and develop yourself and your capabilities? Once again you probably do a some of both, depending on the situation. And – once again you probably have a fall-back response for how you generally respond.
Automatic responses create an automatic life
These are important questions because our fall-back responses, the things we do automatically without much conscious thought at all are the things that end up directing the course of our lives.
By letting ourselves fall into patterns of behavior we create ruts in our lives. We stop looking at the possibilities and potentialities of each moment. We simply react as we always react. Those ruts worn into our days by habit ultimately become our lives.
Just because you are inclined to want to stay in bed doesn’t mean you can’t choose to throw the covers off and embrace the new day. Even if you don’t normally like to take on new challenges press pause on your automatic response and look at the potential upsides. You may learn something. Or end up helping someone. The experience might ultimately make you feel really good about yourself for one reason or another.
Allowing fallback responses to dictate your days is essentially the same as letting autopilot run your life. Paying attention to the moments and actually choosing what you’re going to do and how you’re going to react puts you in the driver’s seat. The driver’s seat is where you want to spend your days and ultimately the rest of your life.