Is It Time to Reset Your Behaviour in 2012?

by Mark Lovett on January 1, 2012

It’s become a common practice at the beginning of a new year to re-evaluate where we’ve been and set our sights on the upcoming twelve months.  My forward focus is always the same, how to make the world a better place, but as the saying goes, the devil is in the details, and that means evaluating just who we are on the inside, what makes us tick, or tock, and think about how we might change our behaviour.

New Years Day 2012Beyond my own soul searching (damn I need to be far more focused and productive!) I spent some time looking at what others were posting with regards to their plans for 2012 and encountered two quotes that I’ve taken to heart on day one of 2012.

The first quote comes from the renowned writer, muse, catalyst and force of nature Shanna Trenholm.  Instead of turning your life into a checklist, which is how we most often set goal and priorities, Shanna proposes that we give ourselves the latitude to go where life takes us and evolve in the process.

“Your life is not a friggin’ to-do list of tasks and goals. Your life at its most rich and rewarding is an organic journey, an opportunity to nurture your whims, a path without a destination to travel. In fact, life lived as it unfolds–without so damn much exertion–is a life to consider, and one that I suggest you try. Instead of striving for resolution, I propose evolution. Resolve to evolve. Be, rather than do.” ? Shanna Trenholm’s blog post on Resolution: Evolution

The second quote comes from American writer and philosopher Terence McKenna by way of my Facebook friend Dawn Parker-Waites, founder of San Diego Loves Green.

“Nature loves courage. You make the commitment and nature will respond to that commitment by removing impossible obstacles. Dream the impossible dream and the world will not grind you under, it will lift you up. This is the trick. This is what all these teachers and philosophers who really counted, who really touched the alchemical gold, this is what they understood. This is the shamanic dance in the waterfall. This is how magic is done. By hurling yourself into the abyss and discovering its a feather bed.” ? Terence McKenna

After reading Shanna’s article my immediate reaction was, “that takes courage”, so I had to smile at the serendipity of discovering this quote.  How often have you come up with an idea that was quickly discarded as being unrealistic, impossible, or fraught with obstacles?  Knowing there’s a feather bed at the bottom of the abyss, instead of a pile of rocks, has a way of minimizing perceived obstacles .

As Global Patriots, how will you change (on the inside) during 2012?

Happy New Year 2012

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Paige @ Green Global Travel February 24, 2012 at 10:03 am

A little re-evaluation is good for everyone!


Toxic Reverend January 9, 2012 at 4:40 pm

Welcome to 2012. Please fasten your perceptions
Due to distortions of time and space beyond our control,
the predictions and prophecies concerning 1984 have been delayed
until lately and will now shift into warp speed


People framed as terrorists for money (rewards)
Terrorists for the FBI, a series of Mother Jones magazine articles
Almost all of the high-profile domestic terror plots of the last decade were actually FBI stings. The story details “how informants are recruited and used and how and why agents are pursuing these aggressive sting operations.”

Additional example:
WikiLeaks Spy Files: State of Surveillance video interview


Global Patriot January 14, 2012 at 4:10 pm

Despite the fact that government surveillance has become more common by governments around the world, we can still actively pursue a better world by way of changing ourselves and encouraging others to do so.


Kimby January 2, 2012 at 5:15 pm

Thank you for the inspiration to look at the New Year in a new way. Great quotes, both. Loved the beach shot, too!


Global Patriot January 2, 2012 at 8:02 pm

As both quotes come from visionary writers, I was honored to include them in my thoughts on transitioning to a new year.


shanna January 1, 2012 at 9:59 pm

Honored, Mark, to have my words (and ideas) make their way to your blog this first day of 2012. I am excited about the possibilities for the new year and look forward to observing the good works of the GP movement. A toast to the now!


Global Patriot January 2, 2012 at 8:04 pm

Tis I who appreciated your astute insights with regard to shaping the new year and shaping a new us in the process. A toast to the now is long overdue!


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