Action 206: Measure your actions against your earlier self, not others

Date: 25 July
Action: 206
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From our guest writer Paul Waye in Holland

Worried that you aren’t doing enough to protect the environment?

There is only one person you should measure yourself against, and that is you from last week, last month, or last year. If you can look back on your former self and say, “Yep, I am on the right path”, then you are heading in the right direction.

Yes, there will always be people doing way more than you. Way more!

But if you are improving, even if only by a small amount, then you are helping the world heal.

Small actions turn into life-long commitments

Here are the reasons why I think you should focus on making small changes instead of whopping great big ones;

  • The impact to you will be small. If you want to cut out meat from your diet, then try cutting it out for 1 day a week. Once you get used to that, then go to 2 days. Each step is manageable and more likely to succeed.
  • You don’t need to be perfect. If we all make small changes we can turn the tide. Think of the small changes you make connecting to changes others are also making.
  • There is always room to move forward. Sure, you could make all the changes in one go and the impact will be bigger. But what then? You will just have to keep doing them. If, however, you slowly make changes then you will feel like you are always on a path of improvement. There is nothing wrong with feeling cool about what you are doing.

Now, I am not saying that big changes won’t make a bigger difference. They will. But think of this as being something you want to continue to do for the rest of your life. Then the impact you make will remain incredible.

And now the big one – don’t compare yourself to others

It can be quite daunting seeing the impact some others are making – vegan for 30 years, cycling to work for 20, living plastic free, wearing the same pair of jeans for 25 years and mending them by hand using the thread from plastic fishing nets that they swam out into the ocean to salvage themselves!

Don’t try and compete.

Focus on you and moving forward at a pace you can sustain, and ENJOY!

So, don’t ask the questions

“Am I doing as much as they are doing?”
“Am I doing as much as I possibly can?”

Instead, ask yourself the questions

“Am I heading in the right direction?”
“Am I a little bit better than I was last year?

If you can answer those two questions right then you are helping the world!

Notes from our Editor

A very sensible and encouraging approach Paul, thank you for writing.

Readers – you can read more and really learn a lot from Paul’s blog and Instagram links below. Take a look – Paul is a great example to us all.

This article has been contributed by:
Paul Waye
Insta: @wayeoflife
Twitter: @wayeoflife