Decisions, decisions, decisions. You find yourself running on autopilot for many of them. Why is this? Is it safe to do so? Examine the term “autopilot”. It means to run on predetermined decisions without interventions. The morning ritual that you have when starting your day, the way you start your vehicle, and the way you prepare a certain type of meal are all forms of autopilot. They all have predetermined decisions that have been proven to work over and over. Do you ever change these decisions? Why? Because of situations dictating the need to do so.
We are operating on autopilot much more than we know though. It is because of predetermined decisions and the ability to put them to use in our lives. This is why it is so important to learn about successful people, the life decisions they made and apply them to our own lives. Those predetermined decisions become principles and principles become a way of living. We have a mission as responsible men to live with great principles.
Advance with great principles.
Back when I was a teenager, it was common to hear positive words like “You can be anything you want to be”, “The world is your oyster” and “Set your mind to it and you can do it”. If was kinda cool to hear that and be encouraged to proceed with your dreams. In fact, we were encouraged to do anything we wanted to do, even if there was really no perceivable way that it would happen. The succeeding and failing efforts were applauded.
Seems all good, right.
Some backlash from this type of thought has been that people have chased every dream that came across their path and cannot focus on…purpose. Focusing on a purpose, goal or calling, even if it is not the right one, can at least serve as a guiding light. If you have a purpose, calling or plan for your life, it can be tweaked. It is not set in stone. And failure not only WILL happen, it SHOULD. We learn from failure and revel in successes.
It is ok to realize that you are not going to be Michael Jordan, Bill Gates and Anthony Robbins all rolled up into one package. It is ok to realize that you cannot. It is also freeing to know this. Knowing your boundaries contributes to focus. The slogan from the Army does not say “Be All You Wanna Be” for a reason. Head towards your purpose, learn from your failures, rejoice in your successes and hone your skills.
Realize what you can be
With so much technology available to do so much today, you are able to accomplish so much more than you were in the past. So, more and more new ways of saving time being available, are you feeling like you are doing all that you can? Do you find that looking back at your past, you wish you would have done more?
The fact is that you cannot change the past but you can build on it. Many things that you have accomplished, whether productive or wasteful, you can choose to learn from. I usually talk about standing on giants’ shoulders but what about the mountain of experience that you have created. Are you sitting at the bottom of that mountain, looking up at the heights you were previously? Or are you standing on top of it to get a better view of what you can add to it?
Let’s be real. I mean really real for a minute. What is your purpose? Are you at least trying to find your purpose by looking, trying and/or doing anything? You can sit and ponder all day but being really real, what are you doing about it?
The quote “Insanity is repeating the same action and expecting different results” does not help you if you keep doing the same things that produce nothing…and that mountain of experience will not lead you to standing on giants’ shoulders if you do not build.
Face yourself and build.