On the Count of Three, Throw Out Your New Year’s Resolution! Go GLOCO
I can’t recall ever making a New Year’s resolution. It’s not because I don’t have good follow-through to making promises–in fact I do. But New Year’s resolutions seem so contrived, doomed to failure as reality sets in, as unforeseen events hit us out of no-where, or as we change our priorities.
Resolutions are actually dangerous. They’re typically off-the-cuff promises that are made to make us feel better, to conform to our friends who make similar promises, or to get the monkey off our backs for the time-being.
With that said, what can each of us do in 2010 that is less a shallow resolution and more a deep conviction is to examine how we lead our lives. Just open the newspaper or turn on the TV to learn about the carnage in Afghanistan, the absence of human rights in China, or the desperate poverty in Africa. We have much less control, if any, of these events than we do of how we lead our own lives.
There’s an expression a facilitator shared with me many years ago, and which I’ve run into a few
times since: GLOCO–Think Global, Act Local.
It’s easy to become frustrated and angry when we read about horrors in far-away places. Sure,
there are Americans and Canadians who decide to make an impact by travelling to these areas to help. But there are things we can do at home that help in small ways and which, when aggregated through millions of small acts, produce large-scale change.
Here’s what I can offer for thought and reflection as you enter 2010, a set of six GLOCO principles:
1) Lead your life with integrity–align your words with your actions.
2) Be a promise-keeper. If you don’t want to do something, just say No.
3) Lend a helping hand–even if it’s assisting an old lady across the street.
4) Treat people as how you like to be treated–with respect!
5) Fill an empty space…and leave a positive mark.
6) We’re on Planet Earth for a nano-second of time–look after Her.
I welcome your contributions to your own GLOCO principles . Let’s hear what you have to say.