This article comes from Entrepreneur.
It’s Saturday, and you’ve been looking forward to a friend’s party for weeks. You pile into the car, ready to unwind, but five minutes into the drive you realize you’ve zoned out and unwittingly taken the route to work.
Has something similar ever happened to you? You automatically slip into a routine and start doing something and you don’t realize until a minute later you’ve done it?
Here’s how to program your primary question into your autopilot.
What is your main purpose for each day? What’s the big picture of what you’re trying to accomplish? If you’re in sales, your primary question might be, “How can I move a sale forward today?” If you’re a doctor, your primary question might be, “How can I save a life today?” Clearly define the highest primary purpose for each day and build your primary question from there. Then slowly start weeding out tasks and behaviors that don’t align with that primary question.
I believe that when you put a “why” behind everything you do, you’re able to see the impact and importance of your actions. Why is mastering your primary question important to you? Why will this question be your fuel for success? Why do you need your focus on this question in order to improve your life?
When you focus on your primary question every single day, it becomes your autopilot. Everything you do each day should circle back to this question. If you feel yourself being pulled off task, your primary question kicks in and you start automatically searching for a road back. When you actively program your actions to connect with your purpose, your autopilot kicks in and steers you back on track.
Your primary question is only valuable if it’s used intentionally and consistently. This requires a total way of thinking — you need to commit to seeing every one of your tasks through the lens of your primary question, which will allow your brain to go into autopilot mode when something doesn’t go to plan. Instead of panicking about an opportunity falling through or a stumble in your day, your brain will be trained to resort to autopilot mode and keep you moving forward.
Start programming your own sensors to work for you, not against you, and your autopilot will never steer you wrong.
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