As we share different sources of inspiration that lead us onto the path of sustainability, we want to pause for a moment to recognize that our own habits didn’t just arise overnight. It took time for us to understand the wider impact of our smaller daily choices. We then had to decide which impact we wanted to have and which habits needed to shift. That process remains ongoing and those considerations are vital to the practice of living intentionally.
One of our most inspiring sources for assessing our goals, shifting our habits, and designing our lives is Dr. Kyra Bobinet’s book, ‘Well Designed Life: 10 Lessons in Brain Science & Design Thinking for a Mindful, Healthy, & Purposeful Life’.
As Jill Suttie, Psy.D. notes, “one important thing that design people know (that many of the rest of us don’t) is that it’s not enough to make a plan for changing some aspect of your behavior and then expecting you’ll stick to it. Designing means you should anticipate failure and, rather than giving up, use it to adjust your design as you go along.”
“Design gives us the excuse we need to shush our self-judgment, the ability to muster our optimism to try again, and the creativity to iterate our way right into the results we need to change our lives for the better.”
- Dr. Kyra Bobinet
For a link to Jill Suttie's Psy.D. review of Dr. Bobinet's book, here is a link to the Greater Good Magazine, which is published by the Greater Good Center at U.C. Berkeley: https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/how_to_live_an_intentional_life
To learn more about Dr. Bobinet, you can visit her at this site where she also offers an option to download a sample chapter: https://www.drkyrabobinet.com/