Focus on Sustainable Change

Change you can keep

Bamboo products are all the rage. Flooring, drawer inserts and even tablecloths can be made from bamboo. This is a good thing, as bamboo is a sustainable resource. It grows so quickly that some communities restrict residents from planting it.

Change is good. Sustainable change is even better. For example, clearing off your desk is good. Committing to clearing your desk’s surface and returning items to their proper places each evening is better. Temporary changes make us feel good for a moment, but sustainable changes give us a sense of true accomplishment. When we positively alter the way we live in an ongoing fashion, we feel empowered to achieve even more.

As you pursue your goal, consider how you can design a plan to make your achievement stick. What do you need to do (or not do) to avoid backsliding? Are you following a path that you will feel good about a year from now? Make this year’s resolution one that lasts a lifetime.

Bamboo, a renewable resource

14 thoughts on “Focus on Sustainable Change”

  1. It’s interesting to look at what gets in the way of sustainable change. Some changes seem easier to sustain than others. And many changes are doable in the short term, but the ones that “stick” for a long time is something different. I’m not sure I have it all figured out, but it seems that small changes over an extended period are a good start. Most sustainable change doesn’t happen in one radical swoop but takes time, patience, experimentation, and curiosity to happen.
    Linda Samuels recently posted…How to Make Conditions Better for Your Fresh StartMy Profile

    1. That’s so true, Linda. Sustainable change takes a variety of factors to come into alignment. I believe it is worth the effort to pursue it, though. Short term changes, such as a crash diet, can result in finding yourself right back where you started. This is very demotivating. A small change that we stick with will mean more in the long run that a large change that we abandon.

    1. I’m just like you, Janine. I do better with small changes over a long period of time. I always joke that I am totally the tortoise, not the hare!

  2. I agree with Linda and Janine. Small changes – one change at a time – work best to sustain the change. Also, when one small change sticks, adding another small change becomes easier and easier.

    1. I agree that seeing a change is stick is very motivating. We sort of prove to ourselves that we can do it, so that give us the courage to try and make another small change. Maybe you can only do 5 minutes of exercise in the morning, so you start there. After a couple of months, maybe you extend it to ten because now you have formed a habit. Little by little!

    1. Rushing never seems to yield optimal results. Healthier is a great example of something we achieve in small, sustained steps. I find it comforting to know that making even small changes can keep me moving toward my goal. Those initial small changes can then turn into that foundation you are talking about, giving me the ability to add another layer.

    1. Daily is such a powerful word. The things we do and think daily define us. Often we fall into habits without much mindful consideration, but the good news is that we can make an intentional choice to initiate a daily change. Such a bold move can yield huge rewards.

  3. I like to make small, very doable changes. Then build on those. We started composting a few years ago. It was surprising easy and made a big difference in the amount of trash we accumulated.

    1. Our local town transfer station has just started a program for collecting compostable materials. You can buy a container and then drop off there. I haven’t done it yet, but I’ve been thinking about it. Do you compost yourself or take it somewhere else? Just the idea has me noticing how much of my waste could be composted!

  4. Hi Seana,
    Yes, I agree and small changes help give us the confidence to move forward and keep going. Habits are so hard to change and creating new ones are too. Baby steps I say. Love your month of motivation graphic. Lets all move forward with our goals.
    Kim recently posted…Vision Quest for 2019My Profile

    1. You are the first to comment on the graphic – thank you, Kim! That is the idea… keep moving forward in a positive direction. It isn’t really about how far, but more about the right direction. I am able to look back now and see the impact that making a few small changes has had. We don’t always see the results in the moment, but daily change can be revolutionary:)

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