I’ve been writing lately, about what holds us back. What prevents us from doing some of the things we’ve always dreamed of doing. The question has become a bit of an obsession with me sparked in part by reading this book: The Icarus Deception: How High Will You Fly? by Seth Godin. The book talks about the new emerging, connection-based economy where we all become artist with the dying away of the TV-Industrial society as the power of television as an advertising medium begins to fade. The book is an encouragement for us all to go out and work on our art and that as an artist we need to (Seth says…ship your art…the product of your art) do your art for all to see. The rest of the book is about overcoming what is holding you back from showing your art to the world.
That’s the first thread in all of this.
The second is the search to understand, even in my business online…1. What holds me back and 2.Why do some of my clients over come huge odds to start to find success, and why do others hide away behind a non responsive attitude? What makes one person take the plunge from the diving board into the water while others simply stand around and watch?
The last thread is a book I only just started to read:Patience: The Art of Peaceful Living by Allan Lokos which in the introduction gave me a different perspective (something I just read about in:”The Noticer: Sometimes, all a person needs is a little perspective: by Andy Andrews).[I mention all the books because it’s interesting how ideas and threads link-up…twisting together…to creates an epiphany that leads you forward to an even deeper understand.]
In Patience: The Art of Peaceful Living Allan mentions one of the aspects of inertia : that objects at rest tend to stay at rest. Here is that law as found in Wikipedia: inertia is the resistance of any physical object to a change in its state of motion or rest, or the tendency of an object to resist any change in its motion.
It would seem that part of the nature of the physical universe is a resistance to change. Now I am sure Newton would cringe if he heard me applying that law to HUMAN nature but the analogy is irresistible.
In this case the object at rest could be the person safely ensconced in their zone of safety their comfort zone…and to step outside that takes the application of some form of force which the individual will resists. (You’ve heard the phrase…drag me screaming and kicking.)
I can give you an example from my 1/2 marathon training. Our training to walk 21.5 K took place over the winter. We slowly increased our distance each week. A couple of Sunday’s ago we did 20 K as the final push in our training. Since then we have been in what is called a “taper” week where we really cut back on the distance to rest up for the big race. What I learned over that time is I have a built-in inertia, a wish to remain at rest and not push myself. When we start walking it takes me until I reach the 4k mark before I feel really inclined to kick up my pace and start aiming for my timing goal.
In Peterborough, the city I’ve trained in, with a population of 75,000 people, 11 people signed up to join the 1/2 marathon walking clinic. Eleven people overcame inertia. All of us are determined to get to the finish line, and some of us with timing goals we would like to meet.
That’s just an example of bodies at rest tend to stay at rest. We can then stay at rest…in our nice cozy comfort zone, and only occasionally stick our fingers out to while we decide the direction of the wind…and then quickly withdraw into our shells again…or we can use the power of will to apply a bit of force to get that body at rest moving forward. It’s finding the grit and determination to bear the painful exertion that makes the difference between action and disinterest.
On the bright side of that is another aspect of the laws of motion that you’ve encounter countless times when you apply the brakes on your car. Objects in motion tend to stay in motions.
Just like the 4 k point when I can turn on my after burners and step up my pace…once I do…it’s fairly easy then to keep up that pace. Once you push yourself to do something outside your comfort zone you begin to get addicted to the adrenaline rush of braving fear and overcoming some aspect of it.
In any generation for the entire history of this planet…only a relative few…have ventured out and away from the shire of their comforts to seek and discover and play and find happiness and joy…in the large exciting and dangerous but awesomely spectacular world we have been given . God did not shut us out of Eden…we did that to ourselves. And even still , the gates to that mythical garden are still wide open for those who still want to play at the gates of heaven.
Just get started.
There is an awesome book by Robert Heinlein called: Glory Road where a cast of characters go out on this adventure and go through hell and back and more…and yet when they make it home…what do they want to do? Why go back out again, on the glory road.
So How Do You Over Come Your Own Inertia?
You could start here, using this goal planning guide . I’d start with one relatively easy goal, figure out what your first action step is and then put a date when you plan to have it done…and then post it where you can see it. Add an alert using your smart phone to remind you to get it done.
That’s a start, you might also join my list so you can gain an insight to my whole strategy for transformation.
Until we meet again