The fact is that the majority of our thoughts and actions are on autopilot. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing either. Our habits, routines, impulses, and reactions carry us through our lives so we don’t have to stop and think about it every time we wipe our ass or start a car.
The problem is when we’re on autopilot for so long that we forget we’re on autopilot. Because when we’re not even aware of our own habits, routines, impulses, and reactions, then we no longer control them they control us.
The problem is that if our autopilot becomes so powerful that we forget we’re on autopilot, then we are no longer in control of our decisions. So if we have the power of our thoughts and actions, we can easily lose control just by moving through the world.
We are always in control of our thoughts and actions. However, the problem here is that we aren’t in control of our subconscious minds. We have to consciously decide things ourselves for the things we are doing to be effective. We won’t be able to think about the consequences of our actions, and what we’re doing to ourselves, if we aren’t taking control of the thoughts and actions that led us there.
At least that’s the theory. But how do we know when a thought or action is in our best interest? Just because it makes sense, doesn’t mean it will work. Sometimes your actions will cause the best outcome. For example, I never thought about it, but I can remember an event from my past that happened when I was younger. It involves the day I got my first job as a sales rep. I was in the office the day it happened.
It all started with a customer who wanted a new machine for his home. He asked me if I could fix it so he could use the machine as he wanted to. Of course, I never thought it would actually be the best thing I could do for him. But I was so busy being a sales rep, I never really considered what was possible for him.
I remember this vividly because I made it a point to mention it to my boss at the time. He was a nice man, so he listened to me. Not because I was a good sales rep, but because I had said it was something I could possibly do. He said I was so busy being a sales rep that it didn’t matter as I didn’t really think about it.
A lot of people ask me about what people should do when they have to do something they are not in a position to do for themselves. I think it goes back to this thing with the brain. It all works in mysterious ways, but the underlying logic is always there, and it is why we often forget the obvious.
When you think about it, it’s a bit like the brain. You can have a big idea and you can be making a good amount of change for it, but you will never actually get to do it because it will always be a question of time or money or something else that hinders the execution, or is preventing you from getting the right people. The things we can do don’t go away, but the idea of actually doing them can.
The idea of “the right people” is the thing about the universe that is the most confusing. The universe contains billions of possible universes, but we don’t know which is ours. Because we’re not really sure, but the idea of “the right people” makes sense to us, but it does not.