How You Can Benefit From Nurturing A Sustainability Mindset In 4 Spheres Of Life
Harness your intentions as your guiding light.
The world is evolving — the parts that make this world a whole, are evolving, every moment.
Sustainability is no longer a concept that needs to be absorbed, and acted upon in ultra-specific ways — but it’s now grown into the nature of life that is all-pervasive — and in a way that is capable of making this world a better place, and us — better humans.
Put simply, a ‘Sustainability Mindset’ can be understood as a way of thinking, believing, and being, that is guided by a compassionate understanding of the world that we’re a part of, and how our living in it has an impact on not only us, but extends far beyond us;
It’s about consciously choosing to do better — for the greater good;
And it can be done across a spectrum of the things we do in our everyday lives.
Here’s how we can nurture a sustainability mindset, in 4 areas of our daily lives — and what it means if we do.
1. In Our Health
When we think about incorporating values that align with maintaining a good health, we should be prepared to accept that doing so will be a process, and not just a one-off action.
What we should also be prepared for, is knowing that the process may not offer immediate outcomes that we envision — not as per our timelines anyway.
Building a sustainable approach towards our health means choosing to do what’s right, irrespective of how we feel about doing it;
It means choosing to do, be, and live healthy for the simple reason that it’s what’s good for our body;
It means choosing the same thing over and over again, during the process of working towards our health goals, and well after we’ve achieved them.
When we work towards a way of living, and not only the results that can be measured in numbers after a certain period of time — it’s then that we are truly doing justice to the changes we’ve worked hard to adapt to.
Measuring outcomes, and working towards them is certainly important, and a necessary catalyst to choose good health — but giving up when we do not see tangible results within the time we thought we would, or after we’ve got there, is not worth the journey.
Choosing sustainability for our health, means taking conscious actions repeatedly, and without having an expiry date attached to the process — even (and especially) when you don’t have a desired result to be driven by.
2. In Our Relationships
Being human means having our lives comprise of several relationships — family, friends, romantic, professional, societal, etc.
If we want to give our best to relationships, and to also make the best out of them — we need to train ourselves to be guided by principles that are rooted in sustainability;
It’s about being driven by what is the right thing to do, irrespective of us not wanting to, or not feeling like it enough, or any other reason that we can chalk up to justify our fleeting (and sometimes irrational) emotions;
It’s about choosing the better, doing better, and being better, for the better — for us, and those we share relationships with.
It’s about standing up to our own minds, putting our foot down, and consciously choosing actions that align with our values, and respect others’ values at the same time.
It’s about choosing what will add value (to ourselves and others) in the long-term, than what feels comforting in the immediate moment.
When we allow ourselves to be guided by what’s sustainable for our relationships, as opposed to being inconsistent — that’s how we build and garner trust for ourselves, and add value to the people in our lives.
3. In Our Work
Work has evolved from a concept of being a source of making a living, to an integral part of living itself.
It’s not something we do passively, but it’s something we actively engage in — to give and add value.
Our work extends beyond the impact we create for ourselves, and for our line of work — it extends onto the society, the environment, and the larger world.
Being driven by sustainability in our work, means to choose actions for the greater good;
To choose to live up to a sense of integrity in what we do, who we do it for, and how we do it;
It also means to approach every element in the society that we work in, with a universal sense of compassion and kindness;
It means to not take for granted, what we have been offered, and what we owe back;
Ultimately, our work should inspire us in a way that we do not let ourselves be blinded by a misconception of abundance — rather practise preservation in every capacity.
4. In Our Personal Growth
The only way to make this world a better place, is by striving to be better versions of ourselves, through every opportunity that life offers us — good, bad, ugly.
Being led by what’s sustainable for our growth, means to acknowledge fighting our instincts — fighting our primal senses, not once, but over time and again — not because it immediately makes us a better human being, but because it keeps us humble as we go on to become better human beings.
It means we choose to be guided by what we must do, and keep doing, no matter how long it takes — and despite not witnessing clear outcomes;
It’s about recognizing growth as one big process, wherein keeping at the process itself is our greatest reward.
When we treat ourselves as subjects of sustainability, it becomes far clearer why we owe it to the larger world we’re a part of.
Our intentions are our guiding light — to create a sustainable ‘now’ that flows into a sustainable future.
It helps to ask ourselves in every given moment — “Am I choosing something that’s sustainable?” — and allow the answers to pave our actions.