I started to write the Blue Life Journal because it is in my heart to do everything possible from my location and my expertise to connect millions of people all wanting to save the Ocean. My energy was very unfocused at first. There was so much to do, and I didn’t know where to being. I needed to uncover my core motivation. My personal exploration of my motivation might also be a useful one for those of you who commit to a practice of daily Blue Life Journaling.
Each step of the way during the writing process I asked, “Why am I doing this?” If it’s to save the ocean, then the question could be “Why is this important to me?” Ask that question of yourself as part of the Blue Life Connections community.
If it’s important to you because you want to be able to enjoy the ocean with your kids, again ask yourself “Why is this important to me?” Your answer might be that you want your kids to have fond memories of the beach, boating, fishing, diving and seeing clean shorelines. And this might be important to you because you worry about water in general, in lakes, bays and even in your faucet at home. Continue this exercise until you find the truest, deepest reason behind your goal.
I did that. The exercise was so very valuable in breaking down my “big picture” goal into smaller steps. You may not want to connect millions of people to save the ocean and change habits around plastic. You may not want to connect millions of individuals’ ideas, inspiration and innovation. You might simply want to do what you can to create a life and habits that is most satisfying to yourself.
That dive down into “what is my motivation to join the Blue Life Connections community and begin a practice of Blue Life Journaling” sets the stage for setting short-term goals that build on that intention and keep your motivation at the forefront. Without that intention, reaching your goal of daily, mindful Blue Life actions is less likely and falling off track is much easier.
It is very cool how exploring my motivation helped to provide a clear path to success.
Small goals can work like stepping stones on your way to larger goals.
The challenge with a long-term goal is that it can seem so far away – weeks, months, or even years – that it doesn’t feel quite so detrimental to put off progressing. You may find yourself asking, “Why not make a change or build a new Blue Life habit tomorrow?”
I am trying to connect millions of people – and now I realize my goal is engage one person and perhaps, inspire that person to inspire another. Then, repeat! Short-term goals allowed me to focus in short increments so that I can be focused on my next mini goal. With that – my “big picture” vision seems less overwhelming. A short-term goal, I can do that!
How about you? Here are some ideas:
Eat for tomorrow
Reducing or eliminating animal products from your diet is the single most powerful thing you can do as a consumer to ease the stress on our oceans. Fish have feelings too and suffer just as much as animals on factory farms. Not only that, fish are fed to pigs, chickens — even other fish in fish farms — in numbers that are wiping out ocean ecosystems.
Say NO to plastic bags
Every piece of plastic ever made still exists. There are approximately 46,000 pieces of plastic floating in each square mile of the world’s oceans. Think of the marine animals next time you shop.
Step up for sharks
Don’t support restaurants that serve Shark Fin Soup, and help end cruel shark netting
It’s better for you, and the planet. There are 146 dead zones identified in the world’s oceans that are primarily caused by chemical fertilizers in run off.
Spread the word
Share Blue Life Connections with your friends.