We grow accustomed to ignoring the warning signs that say “Hazard Ahead” or “Slow Down.” We do our best to “get through” life’s circumstances, but don’t put energy into making things better. We numb ourselves to the world around us and to our internal world of thoughts, feelings and sensations until the discomfort becomes so extreme that we can’t ignore it any longer.
Unconscious competence (AutoPilot) serves an important purpose that we may have grown accustomed to using far too often. It would be exhausting and stressful if we had to pay attention to every detail, stimulus, or input that we encountered every moment of the day. That’s why our brains and bodies are capable of processing information at an unconscious level – thankfully. Unconscious competence allows us to put our attention selectively on matters that require greater focus. This has many benefits, but the ability to rely on unconscious competence can negatively impact how we live our lives.
Over reliance on unconscious competence teaches us to not pay attention to the warning signs that change is needed. This is one of the reasons that it is difficult for most people to find life balance. We get in the habit of being out of balance, of enduring the discomfort that we’ve created in our lives, and not being motivated enough to make necessary changes until we cannot ignore the warning signs any longer – physical pain, obesity, divorce, financial problems, over-working, substance abuse, and so on.
Finding fulfillment and satisfaction in how we spend our time and making conscious choices that create a happier life is what finding balance is all about. This is when we no longer rely on unconscious competence, but instead live a life of complete awareness, intention and fulfillment.
If you are interested in a deeper look into this phenomenon, I am hosting a 4 hour workshop on this topic soon. If you would like to be placed on the priority notification list for open enrollment or have any questions click here: http://eepurl.com/iP4Cn, fill out the form and I will be in touch with you to answer any questions or to send you the workshop information.
Till next time.
Happiness & Joy,