I was recently talking with a delightful woman about a challenge she overcame with a simple mindset tweak. She is a self-proclaimed “nature lover” and always wants to do right by the planet. But when her landlord told her they’d be testing an optional compost system for the building, she said “no thanks.”
Why would someone say “no” to an initiative that would save 103 pounds of food waste from the landfill each year?
Because all the brain heard was “change” and change = hard.
Then preprogrammed thoughts filled her head like…
It’s too much effort.
It’s going to be a pain.
Is it really going to make a difference?
But a few months later when it became mandatory, she slogged through the first week of forgetting to keep the food waste separate and forgetting to bring it down to the street along with the garbage.
Then, as quickly as it began, all the fuss was over. Her overthinking or mental complaining didn't matter because suddenly there was no choice. The brain had to accept the new reality and adjust.
The mindset shift was simply accepting it was something that needed to be done.
Struggling against reality only makes it fight back.
Once you accept the change, you will find a way.
We all need to accept that the planet is in crisis and that our personal changes to reduce our consumption and produce less waste are mandatory. As soon as we do that, all the changes will be so much easier.
You with me?