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Who's Driving the Ship?

Who's driving the ship? Who's controlling the course of your life? Important questions that we don't always think about.

You are constantly changing and transforming. This happens independent of your awareness. Are you talking an active role in this process or simply standing by and letting it happen?

We hold great power over the course of our personal growth but few wield it for all its worth.

Humans possess a highly sophisticated auto-pilot function. Our bodies and brains are hardwired to learn our frequent routines so that our subconscious can over. Decision-making, conscious thought, and will-power are costly operations in terms of mental resources. In a constant effort to save brain power and energy, our bodies seek to relegate as much as possible to the subconscious.

This proves a wonderful process for some activities. I appreciate that I don't have to actively ensure that I brush all of my teeth evenly. I trust the automatic pattern I've developed to that task. I've never had a cavity, so its got a perfect record so far.

Our auto-pilot function does not discriminate. The perfect model of efficiency, no regular routine can escape its reach. If it can be automated, we'll automate it.

How many times have you arrived somewhere in your car to find that you have no recollection of the journey or your hand in it? A scary thought even though most of the time we arrive without incident. While impossible to measure, I'm interested to learn what percentage of auto accidents involve at least one driver who has fallen into that automated state. I'd wedgier its quite high.

What other daily patterns or decisions have you relegated to the subconscious? Have you relinquished control of some vitals decisions? Eating habits, post-work routines, sleeping habits?

So many of us have goals to improve our health, our relationships, and our life yet we rarely succeed in realizing them. This is hardly for lack knowledge. Many of us know the type of foods, patterns, and habits would improve our well-being yet we still struggle to make changes. We fail to address the problem at the source. Applying our conscious minds to patterns exist to our subconscious. 

Your auto-pilot function has overstepped its bounds. Strive to bring your awareness back every aspect of your daily life. Take back even the most mundane. It is not about strict control but simply having an awareness. No more polishing off that fast food meal before you even consciously realized you went through the drive-thru. No more plopping down in front of the TV or computer after work only to snap "awake" at 8pm and realize that you've squandered your opportunity to workout, cook a nice meal, or check anything off your to-do list.

I meet so many motivated individuals who have great success incorporating an intense workout routine and healthy eating habits into there life. So often they fall back to old ways of living. At some point, in a moment of weakness,