The choices you make every moment of your life define how you experience it. You can choose to live by the same old patterns that may or may not serve you in the most positive way. The vehicle you drive is a direct case in point.
You can make an "excellent" choice by driving a vehicle that does the least amount of environmental impact, like a Prius. Or you make a "poor" choice by driving a vehicle that wastes resources and damages the environment, like a Hummer H2. Maybe you know you should buy a more environmentally friendly vehicle but it’s not cool in the eyes of your peers, or you believe that the choice of car you drive is a right, not a privilege.
How do you see yourself? Are you part of the problem or the solution? Do you strive to make "excellent" choices that benefit the greater whole or do you get stuck in our old habits that only serve you in a very limited way? Do you believe the old saying "You can’t teach an old dog new tricks?" Do you tend to defend, support or fight to hang on to values that are outdated and don’t serve you? Deep down inside, you know better, but you just can’t seem to help yourself. So you fall back into your old patterns.
Recently, I made a big change. I took a break from driving my hybrid taxi, and began working as a personal coach. A coach helps clients to break away from whatever is holding them back. Everyday, I help my clients break free to become the person they thought was only a dream. We can all benefit from coaching. It’s a way of creating a bridge from your current state of mind to your desired state of mind.
In every area of our lives, we can make better decisions that benefit not only ourselves but can have a rippling effect felt throughout the planet. Every moment you either choose excellence—or make unnecessary compromises in how you speak, and how you live your life. You create your life moment by moment and move forward, or you just keep repeating an old pattern and stay stuck. You live exactly up to the standard you have set for yourself.
Maybe all that is needed is a new perspective on how you view the world to move out of your old comfort zone that is not serving you (or the planet) fully. This transformation can occur anywhere, even with the vehicle you choose to drive. Thinking about your vehicle not only in terms of your current needs and desires, but also in the bigger picture of serving the planet and society, may give you an entirely new perspective about your life.
Andrew Grant is the world’s first hybrid taxi driver. He introduced his Prius taxi to the not-so-mean streets of Vancouver in 2000, and logged 200,000 miles in just 25 months. Andrew’s Prius was snatched by Toyota. The automaker wanted a chance to study the durability of the hybrid batteries and other components, which held up amazingly well. See this video for details. He’s now driving his third Prius. Andrew has taken a break from taxi-driving, and now works as a professional coach helping his clients achieve personal excellence in various fields of endeavor.