It’s that time of year again where we spend time setting goals for 2017 only to abandon them a few weeks from now. Do it differently this year!
“Let’s watch a TED talk,” Russ said.
In the most unlikely place up in the mountains of Tanzania we had good signal and plenty of data. Settled down in our rooftop tent we clicked “inspiring” short talks. The first two weren’t much, but the third, well, it got me thinking.
It’s that time of year again where we look back, then forward. We spend time setting goals for 2017. To be honest, the older I’ve gotten the less I’ve set goals. Not sure why. Maybe its because I no longer have decades of life stretching ahead of me? Maybe it’s because I’ve given up on my goals too often? Maybe it’s because I’ve gotten too realistic (or would you call it cynical?) Maybe it’s because I did so much of it during my professional years?
Whatever the reason, looking ahead for most of us, to do something for a whole year can be rather daunting. But how about chunking it down into more ‘bite size’ pieces? Matt Cutts in his inspirational TED talk, “Try something new for 30 days” tells us how.
When you think about it, 30 days it not such a long time. Only one twelve of an entire year. We can do almost anything for 30 days in a row, cant’ we? Get up on time. Not eat chocolate. Be kind to strangers. Read a chapter in a good book. Walk the dog.
Psychologists tell us to form a new habit, good or bad, it takes only 30 days.
So 30 days from the time you read this how is your life going to be different?
During my time as a therapist I’d help people disengage their auto pilot. Most of our day is spent on auto pilot. We get up, shuffle into the kitchen to make a cup of java, shower, dress and head for work. Some of us insert a bit of exercise or meditation into the morning routine. The point is, our mornings run pretty much on auto pilot. Yup, even living in a Land Rover, unless there’s rain coming and it’s close up in a hurry. [See how fast we can actually do that here.]
To live more consciously, to form new habits, isn’t that hard. It does mean we disengage the auto pilot and put life in manual mode. According to Matt Cutts and others, if we do this for 30 days we have programmed ourselves and voila… a new auto pilot!
Where does the ‘save a life’ come in?
If you’re reading this you probably love nature and wildlife. You probably also, like most, would like to help more. Well, how about if you took a look at your life and said, “If I do…” (buy a less expensive latte, eat an apple instead of a bag of chips, drink water instead of a cola, or… you know your life), then “I can save $2 maybe $5 a day!” If you do that for 30 days you can save $60 to $150. There you have it! Some ready cash to donate to save wildlife!
Now, if you keep going for another 30 days, another, and another. Before you know it you’ll have donated up to $1,800 in 2017! That’s a nice bit of money that makes a big difference for people like Baye who rescues all kinds of wildlife and gives it a second chance to be wild. Or Lynn who protects the elephants of the Thuma Forest. Take a look at how donations helped people saving wildlife in 2016.