I will preface this post by stating upfront that January 6 is NOT too late to devote yourself to changes in the new year. 2017 can be as great or as mediocre as you allow it to be. It's all about choices.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t do “drastic changes”. Often times when I make a New Year’s resolution, just like the majority of people, I let things slide after about 1 - 2 weeks. In order to sustain a permanent change in my life, the onset of change has to be gradual. Hence, I never ever rush into a change if I want it to last.
And so, I adopted a more calculated approach, which I call the "piece by piece" model of change. Here’s how it works:
I identify an area in my life that I want to alter.
I then break down that mission to a step by step approach that introduces options and choices, and the alternating realities that each choice would produce.
Finally, I slowly bring the issue to the forefront of my mind on a monthly, weekly, even daily basis. Whatever needed changing then gradually becomes something that I think about daily.
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This year, I have decided to tackle the global issue of environmental waste, and my own personal contribution to the waste pileup. Of all of the lessons that I feel are important for a parent to pass on to their child, responsibility for oneself and our immediate environment is of the utmost importance, and yet so basic. So, I am going to try and involve my kids on this one.
To think of the amount of waste we produce as humans is mind boggling. I wonder, I truly wonder, how many people realize that small steps to decrease your carbon footprint are extremely vital to survival of this plant and of our identity as human beings. We have a responsibility to society to do the best we can, as much or as little as that may be.
Make no mistake, I will start small.
I will now break it down into a piece by piece model.
My initial task is simple. I will start this change on a monthly basis. Then move into a weekly change. And then make a concerted effort to change daily, until a new way of life permeates my existence.
January is as good a month as any to begin.
I will find one thing to “reuse” this month. I will find one thing to “recycle” this month. I will find yet one more thing to “repurpose” this month.
I will post my progress, but in the mean time, how do you intend to tackle your resolution? I'd love to hear your tips and tricks for reusing, repurposing and recycling in the comments section below!
Fun fact: Did you know that there are “small shops” that are already incorporating the 3 R’s into their business models?