Becoming Sustainably Motivated
-Updated Oct 2018-
This is the first installment of a six part series. The series is meant to offer insight and encouragement towards adopting a sustainable lifestyle. Part one focuses on discovering your inspiration. Explore all six to help find and develop your own sustainable motivation!
Discover Your Inspiration
If you’re looking for ways to embrace greater sustainability in your life, the following is meant to be a kind of mental roadmap to help you get there. “There” is a pretty good place to be. In our eternal quest for happiness and well-being, choosing the sustainable path certainly presents better odds. We know that the conventional ways of consumption and economic growth are untenable and rarely offer the satisfaction that was promised. Superficial joys are short-lived and cost the world too much.
There is a better way of doing things. One that doesn’t destroy the the planet that sustains us. A lifestyle that can potentially provide us with a richer, more rewarding life. Not related to material gain, but one of experience and fulfillment. If that sounds pretty philosophical, that’s because it is.
Sustainability is just as much a mindset as it is an application, so it’s only natural to determine how you connect with the environment on a personal and philosophical level. When do you feel most deeply connected to the natural world? How does it relate with your set of core values? Therein lies the key. Once you dig down and your recognize your core beliefs, you realize that a lot of them are probably related to something bigger than yourself. That’s where you draw from and use to power your sustainability lifestyle.
So Much Awesomeness
Start what inspires you! Get exploring, and discover (if you haven’t already) what you love most about the world. Is it the oceans and beaches, mountains and forests, or perhaps the incredible animals that inhabit the planet with us? It might even be the people! Yes, other amazing, wonderful and frustrating, heart-breaking, ridiculous, and inspiring human beings.
Life, and the vastly complex systems that make it all possible, really is miraculous, and the more you learn, the greater appreciation you get for how amazing it truly is! Use this revelation to motivate you to do good in this world, and help maintain the natural balance for yourself, and our future generations. Sustainability is simply a means of expressing that
A Mental Shift
It’s terribly important that we regain our awareness of the environment, and curb our abuse and overconsumption of nature’s resources. We need to reevaluate what we’re doing. This doesn’t just mean a forced reduction on everything (although there is certainly an excess), but it should certainly incentivize us to find alternative means for satisfying our needs.
Sustainability offers a lens with with to view our world, and our actions. The blog series as a whole will provide some considerations and possible guidance on how to get onto the sustainability path and adopt for yourself a greener, healthier, and (hopefully) more satisfactory lifestyle. I can highlight a number of key points, but ultimately, the driving force is you. So it really begins with what you care most deeply about. How do you connect with the world? What do you consider precious and amazing? Finally, what are you willing to change to ensure that you protect and preserve that which is precious and amazing?
Your Mission, Should You Choose to Accept it
You can begin by applying the walk the talk method, and try to reduce your own day-to-day carbon footprint. Set the example for your family, friends, and coworkers. Although any kind of change can be potentially difficult, use your hope for a better world to drive you. Start small, and build on your successes.
Although some prefer making big, dramatic changes cold turkey, the majority of us need to work through it incrementally. Look for some quick wins to get the ball rolling, and then try to level up. Question the status quo, and you will find opportunities everywhere! Sustainability really is an outlook of improvement, and once you get the wheels in motion, it’ll motivate you to do more.