Tuesday, January 15, 2008

The Familiarity Trap

Nothing is wonderful when you get used to it." - Edgar Watson Howe

Autopilot kicks in when we allow what was once exciting and challenging to become boring or mundane. Because of familiarity, we tend to miss opportunities and fail to perform at our best.

A bomb could go through without being notice by the security official if they would look at the screen for a long duration. That is why security officials at the airport rotate their roles.

We need to aware the moment we are in autopilot because it is unhelpful when
  • We want to do something better than we did it last time or
  • There might be a better way of doing something that we are used to doing in the same way.

If you are experiencing autopilot in your life, it maybe time to look with fresh eyes. Do you agree?

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WaterLearner said...

Yes! I agree. At times I go into auto-pilot mode as well. Doing the same thing every week every month for a few years will result in this.

Too bad. My company does not practise role rotation.

Ancilla said...

refreshing does matter!!
in fact, it matters a lot.

Sam Chan said...

Hi Karen,

What we got to be more worry is that we become so automatic and forgot to appreciate our loves one we have and taken lots of things for granted because of familiarity.

Let's remind ourselves constantly so that we are aware every time we gone on autopilot mode.

Take care and have a great day.
Many Blessings

Sam Chan said...

Hi Ancilla,

Thanks. I am glad you agree with this.

Blessings to you, always!

Anuradha malik Jagdhari said...

hmmm..I agree completely. Change is what we crave always. It takes a jolt sometimes to appreciate what we already have.

Titania Starlight said...

Hi Sam,
I think this can apply to all of us. I have a wonderful marriage. But... we have become stuck into doing the same old things on my husbands' days off.

I was a bit melodramic last week when I told him, "I feel dead."

He stopped in his tracks. I jarred him out of complacency.

We had to get out of auto-pilot. We made plans to totally do everything different next week. Goodness, we were even repeating the same meals on his days off! ARGH!!!!

We are both looking forward to mixing things up a bit.

Great post as always. :o)

Take care and many blessings,

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marlene said...

This is so true in most cases. Sometimes I want change of routines to make myself diverted to another direction and purpose. Familiarity is a boring routine at times. Good insight, Sam. Have a nice weekend...

Sam Chan said...

Hi Anuradha Malik Jagdhari,

Thanks for sharing your valuable views.

Best Wishes

Sam Chan said...

Hi Tawnya,

Thanks for sharing your personal life experiences and adding your insightful views. I really value your participation. Also thanks for your kind support and encouragement!

To avoid being trap in the autopilot mode, let's always start everyday afresh with more vibrant, appreciating and enjoying every moment with our loves one and friends.

Blessings to you, my dear friend.

Sam Chan said...

Hi Andy,

Thanks for the invitation.
I will check out your site soon.

Best Wishes

Sam Chan said...

Hi Marlene,

Thanks for giving me your feedback. I really appreciate it.

You too have a nice weekend.
Many Blessings

causas hemorroides said...

I agree. At times I go into auto-pilot mode as well.