“We need to make our currently unconscious thoughts, actions and feelings conscious. We need to deliberately (and repeatedly) make new choices—choosing to act, think, and feel in ways consistent with the new reality we’re committed to creating”
We spend much of our time “flying on autopilot,” reacting unthinkingly in the same way we always have in the past to whatever it is that life throws at us. We may get angry when someone says something we strongly disagree with; we may withdraw affection when we are criticised; we may give up when a challenge seem daunting. In the moment, these reactions may feel inevitable, but they are not.
When I go through life reacting to everything in the same way I always have before, I deny myself the possibility of much more positive experiences. Instead, I need to step back and think about how I want to respond to a situation. I need to take control and act consciously and deliberately, thus creating a better experience of myself and for those around me.
Don’t fly thought life on autopilot,
Lord, Give Us Today Our Daily Idea(s)
1) Choose the Life You Want: 101 Ways to Create You Own Road to Happiness by Tal Ben-Shahar, PhD (New York: The Experiment, 2012) Buy this book!)
2) The Feeling Good Handbook by D.D. Burns (New York: Plume, 1999)