How often do you do things in an automatic way without thinking? The truth is that most people spend much of their time operating in "automatic pilot" mode. We get up and drift through our morning routines with little thought or attention to what we are actually doing. If you've ever arrived at work without remembering the drive or showered and can't recall washing your hair, you've been on automatic pilot. The problem with living on automatic pilot, is that our reactions to events, people, and stress also tend to be automatic. That recurrent fight with your spouse or repeating problem at work is likely a result of operating and responding on automatic pilot.
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