Inertia

July 13, 2015

Inertia

Merriam Webster defines “Inertia” as “lack of movement or activity especially when movement or activity is wanted or needed.” Webster also defines “procrastination” as the noun form of “to put off intentionally or habitually.” Then there’s the Isaac Newton quote about a body at rest tending to stay at rest “unless an outside force acts on it…”

The definitions and explanations can go on forever, but what we’re really dealing with here is getting our move on.

There will always be reasons why now isn’t the best time to look for a job, clear the clutter, start a diet, break a habit, end a relationship, enroll in a course or… fill-in-the-blank. We’ve all been there, and getting started is often the hardest part. Where to begin, what does it all look like, what do I do first.

Newton’s “outside forces” in human behavior inertia often come in the form of conflict, regret, or crisis. All that colliding, pain and messiness. Maybe what we need are inside forces instead. Intent, determination and anticipation can be those inside forces – and they all come with practice.

We need to practice looking for opportunities to take steps in the direction of our goals. These opportunities come in the disguise of people or coincidence. They’re in book recommendations, chance encounters, overheard conversations, or unexpected phone calls. If we practice seeing, listening and imagining, our own creativity gets to work encouraging us to get on with it.

There will always be reasons to put something off, but sometimes we just need to take the steps that are right in front of us.

Now’s a good time.

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