Thinking Differently

​​Thinking differently, or thinking for yourself, begins with examining your ​habitual ways of thinking​. 

​​By ​better understanding your own thinking, and by examining the kinds of ​thinking—collective and individual—that led to where we are today, ​you have a chance to see how ​you might change your ​thinking in ways that ​make it easier to make a difference.

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​To really make a difference

​​​​The only part of the equation you can control is yourself.

To really make a difference to anything, and for that difference to stick, you need to start with the only part of the equation ​you have any real power ​​over – ​yourself. ​

​It may seem counter-intuitive, but by ​prioritizing ​your self and your own habits of thought and action, you hone the ​most important tool you have for working on whatever ​matters to you. 

​​​Your ​identity, ​ideology and ​worldview​ determine the thoughts you think, ​which determine how you ​experience the world and ​how you are able to influence it.

"We won't succeed in solving the challenges we face by continuing with the same kinds of thinking that caused them.” 

​Albert Einstein 

​Thinking Differently on ARealGreenLife

​​​"Thinking Differently" explores the ideology that gives rise to the kind of world we live in, and how we might change our thinking in ways that could help make a difference.

On other green living blogs you'll find lots of "what-to-do" and "how-to-do-it." These are very ​helpful, and I ​join the chorus ​in my Sustainable Living ​topic archive.  ​

​​But how-to's, ​I believe, are secondary. 

In my opinion, "what-to-do" and "how-to-do-it" become much more useful ​tools for real change if we couple them with "who-I-really-am" and "why-I'm-doing-it."

​The better ​you know yourself and understand ​your ​habits of thought and behavior, the more effective you'll be at strengthening the useful habits and letting go of the rest.

​If you are aware of ​what is influencing your thinking, you can choose to either "keep listening," or "switch channels" to something that's more supportive of who you want to be and how you want to live. 

This topic - Thinking Differently - is where I explore the ideology that gives rise to the kind of world we live in, who we think we are and how much power we think we have in the world, and how we might change our thinking in ways that could help make a difference.


​Thinking Differently Post Collections

​Here are ​my collections of ​"Thinking Differently" posts​. Use the links to jump to a post summary, or just scroll down. Some posts ​appear in more than one collection.


​Personal Effectiveness 

Personal effectiveness is built by parenting ​yourself:

Parenting ourselves is a lifetime’s work, ​but we can’t wait a lifetime before we ​show up and take action. ​

So, my personal growth and development goes on all the time at the center of my life, while I also do the best I can to show up ​for all the other important things. 

Expanding Awareness

(Part 2 in a Series)

The fabric of wholeness that once gave us a sense of purpose and belonging—connecting us into a web of responsibility, relationships and health among family, community and nature—has come undone.

Growing Up – For Adults

You don’t have to live a life and think thoughts that are just handed to you. You can continue growing indefinitely, crafting your own worldview and life-experiences, in an ongoing process of consciously “parenting yourself.”

Thinking for Yourself

You don't have to be a passive recipient of the programming that surrounds you. Question everything, seek out unbiased information, recognize and reject the mainstream message that's designed to keep you mindlessly consuming.

Re-examining Freedom

(Part 3 in a Series)

The story of our time says this is normal: to be chained to debt and schedules, to have no control over where our food originates, to be walled off from nature, and to be more connected to each other via screens than in person.

Towards Real and Green

A Series of posts about our family's journey from "normal" towards "real and green."

About Our Backgrounds

(Part 1 in a Series)

Our beginnings in rural Australia and a small town in Switzerland, our meeting in Colorado, USA, and our switch from Natural Horsemanship to a journey towards real and green.

Expanding Awareness

(Part 2 in a Series)

The fabric of wholeness that once gave us a sense of purpose and belonging—connecting us into a web of responsibility, relationships and health among family, community and nature—has come undone.

Re-examining Freedom

(Part 3 in a Series)

The story of our time says this is normal: to be chained to debt and schedules, to have no control over where our food originates, to be walled off from nature, and to be more connected to each other via screens than in person.

​​Independent Thinking

Thinking for yourself will build more freedom and self-reliance into your life.

It will also help to dismantle the existing “growth-at-all-costs” system, which relies on mindless consumers who don’t think for themselves.

Growing Up – For Adults

You don’t have to live a life and think thoughts that are just handed to you. You can continue growing indefinitely, crafting your own worldview and life-experiences, in an ongoing process of consciously “parenting yourself.”

Thinking for Yourself

You don't have to be a passive recipient of the programming that surrounds you. Question everything, seek out unbiased information, recognize and reject the mainstream message that's designed to keep you mindlessly consuming.

​Reconnecting...

​... with nature, with​ each ​other, and with a meaningful moral compass.

An Illusion of Independence

”Independent” individuals and nuclear families are artificially sustained by a fossil fuel dependent, growth-at-all-costs system that cannot last. The only viable alternative is to return to living in direct relationship with each other and with the web of life that can sustain us indefinitely, if we care for it as the extension of ourselves that it really is.

Why is it so hard to get together?

Did we lose more than we gained when we advanced from “social mammal” to “modern individual”?

Do We Still Need Non-digital Ways of Remembering and Sharing Experiences?

Are there aspects of remembering and sharing a story, that cannot be digitally preserved?

A real green life: for ​you, your family, and our living planet.

​Thinking Differently Posts