I know where my pants are…
Now that I have your attention.
You see, I keep all of my pants in the 4th (lower) drawer of my dresser. I’ve kept them there for as long as I can remember. Even as a kid, I kept my pants in the 4th drawer. It must have been something passed down from generation to generation I suppose….good people keep their pants in the 4th drawer.
And every single day of my life I open the 3rd drawer first to get my pants.
It happened last week. It happened yesterday. It always happens.
This got me to thinking about all of the other wrong drawers I open in my life…these are a little more serious.
- How I get agitated in a verbal conflict, even though I really want to remain cool.
- How I lose control of my schedule, even though I know better.
- How I speak to people, yet they hear it in another way.
Sometimes there is a great distance between what we intend to happen and what actually happens. We all do things we don’t want to do. And sometimes that’s because we let our automatic responses take over.
What’s this got to do with you starting new things?
My drawer issue has taught me to be beware of the simple (and seemingly inconsequential) mistakes I am making. It’s taught me that the automatic part of my brain is powerful and I need to beware of it.
I bet you have an automatic brain to.
This is the first time I’ve ever wasted this much time thinking about my drawer issue. But if it helps you ponder your automatic responses, then I am willing to look like an idiot.