How about 3 More Ways to Take Your Brain Off Autopilot

Monday 04.22.13For the last few post, I have been talking  about becoming more aware.  I have 3 more ways to become more aware and evade going through your life on autopilot the goals that you have set for your life can be achieved.

1. Don’t move the goal posts. Research shows that successful people go a little further a little bit longer than everyone else. If you’re not getting results that you are looking for, take a look at your efforts. Look at you efforts kind of like an experiment and take note of what is working and what is not working.

2. Celebrate small victories. Focus on what is working and concentrate on what is working more than what is not working. A positive approach will help you stay centered.

3.  Never tempt fate. Just like alcoholics who want to stay sober avoid bars. Make sure you choose your company wisely. Successful people enjoy spending time with other achievers Maintain your enthusiasm and reinforce new habits and routines by harnessing colleagues’ and friends’ “social energy”. Pay close attention to how others handle similar challenges so you can gain new insights from them.

The acknowledgement that changing self-destructive habits can be a frustrating affair Is important. In the beginning your brain will fight you, as it is invested in trying to run your life on autopilot.

Be honest with yourself and answer the following questions. What approaches do you plan on taking to keep you more mindful, advance your quality of presence, and help you attain success? 

A good book to read for more ideas is “9 Things Successful People Do Differently” (Harvard Business Review Press, 2011). It was written by motivational psychologist Heidi Grant Halvorson, PhD. She’s one of the leading experts on success, and her recommendations will help you avoid the magnetic pull of habits and routines.

I have found that it is much easier to take your life off of autopilot when you work with a coach. If you’ve haven’t experienced working with a coach, give me a call 507.345.7090 and let’s talk.


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