Although the word "autopilot" normally refers to a function found in means of transportation, millions of people are equipped with something very similar and switch to this mode on almost a daily basis without even being aware of it.
Some of you, especially those who have spent a significant amount of time in cosmopolitan cities like New York, London, Paris, Tokyo and Milan possibly know what I'm referring to already, however for those who are questioning my mental sanity I'll get straight to the point.
Most people live a life of routine; they wake up at a set time, work a nine to five, return home, have dinner and sleep, only to wake up to the exact same cycle the following day.
Now I know many people will argue right away that it is essential to keep up with bills and a comfortable lifestyle, and to a certain extent I can agree. What's wrong with this system is that the human mind can adapt so well to routine that you begin to live in a state of unconsciousness. Your actions become a link to a cycle which simply "needs to be completed" by the end of the day. There's no room for anything spontaneous or self-expression, and that is a problem.
It is human nature to explore, because that is how we truly grow. Through a kind of "trial and error" we discover what we enjoy, what we're good at, and what we dislike. This is a process which should be ongoing throughout our life, and even if you're in your late forties it doesn't mean you should stick to what you're used to.
So why are so many people still stuck in this routine lifestyle, complaining and feeling like they're missing out on discovering their true passion?
The answer comes in one word, fear. It's the fear of failure or to disappoint which keeps people locked in that "safe" zone. There's also other people who want it that way of course. I'm talking about people in power, such as politicians and the heads of large corporations, who without a doubt try to instil fear in society in order to keep things under control, and in a way that benefits them. However, I will not get into that right now as I'll end up deviating from the actual topic.
"Disable Autopilot" means, becoming fully conscious on a daily basis and not getting caught up in the cycle mentally. This can be achieved by simply slowing down and being more present in each action that you make and decision you take. See, it even ryhms... or does it?
Anyway, you need to allow yourself to discover and learn new things everyday by being more spontaneous, and ironically that's the way you "Regain Control".