I’m sure you’ve heard Newton’s First Law Of Motion, but have you ever stopped to think about what it actually means? It’s so obvious, but not.
“An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force.”
Interesting. What if instead of ‘object’, it said ‘person’. So it would then read, “A person at rest stays at rest and a person in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force.”
Now it has taken on a whole new meaning… and I hope it’s making you kindof uncomfortable. Why? Because I want you to get up and do something about it. Last week we talked about deciding what to do, and this week we’re going to talk about actually doing it.
How To Decide What To Do With Your Life – A Recap
If you read last week’s post then you should have taken some time to actually think about ‘your thing’. If you haven’t picked something yet, go back and read How To Decide What To Do With Your Life, pick anything, and then come back here (hint: this doesn’t have to be your forever thing, so quick stressing).
Did you check out last week’s comments – Jamie’s going to get healthy by becoming a farmer, Stephanie’s starting an all-natural body products line, and Sarah is a budding seamstress. Pick anything, it doesn’t matter what it is.
Well, if you read a little further into last week’s comments you’ll see there’s a chance you might not even like (or be good at) whatever your ‘thing’ is. So, you should probably get moving just in case you’re wrong – you don’t want to waste precious time sitting around.
You Were Saying Something About Newton
Right. So, if you apply Newton’s First Law of Motion to yourself (and your life), you are left with a somewhat unsettling fate. Essentially this means if you are doing nothing, you will continue to do nothing. If you are active and motivated, you will continue to be active and motivated.
In either instance the only way to change course is to have an unbalanced outside force push you, veer you in a different direction, or stop you altogether. But what does ‘unbalanced force’ mean?
Simply put – you need someone (or some thing) to get you to start (or stop) whatever it is that you have chosen as your thing. But, it can’t just be any someone. The key here is unbalanced.
How Do I Find An Unbalanced Force
If you’ve been struggling with motivation, this means picking an accountability partner who will actually hold you accountable…. no more asking your BFF to make sure you exercise three times a week if you know she isn’t going to call you up and harass you until you go.
Stop letting yourself off the hook. When you choose someone who you know will not hold you accountable, you are giving yourself permission to slack. (i.e. I was going to go walking today, but Jane can’t go so I’ll just go tomorrow.) This is total bull, considering the fact that you knew up front Jane wouldn’t hold up her end of the deal… in this instance, you’ve actually managed to get yourself an unaccountability partner. Nice work.
If you want to make something happen, tell someone who is going to keep on you about it until it’s done. If you’re unwilling to do this then you’re not really interested in change anyway and you’re wasting your time thinking and talking about it.
If you are serious and you need a little bigger push, check out Stickk… nothing makes you work harder than knowing you’ll have to pay a lot of money to someone you really don’t like if you slack off.
What If An Unbalanced Force Finds Me?
That’s a real possibility. Sometimes you’re going along just fine and all of a sudden everything in your life is turned upside-down, seemingly without warning. Sad things happen all the time. Bad things too. If you acknowledge that they will happen, it’s not nearly as devastating when it does.
Now, I’m not saying to go around all paranoid meanwhile missing out on everything cool in an effort to avoid the terrible. But, I am saying that if you create a life that supports you when bad things happen, you will be able to overcome anything.
This means you need to end hurtful or meaningless relationships and build up those that matter to you. It means being honest with yourself about what you really want, and giving yourself permission to feel that way (even if that’s not how you’re supposed to feel). And, it means getting rid of all of your debt (I recommend Dave Ramsey’s course if you need some help).
Trust me. An unbalanced force WILL find you. Prepare now so that you’re ready when it does.
The Rock And The Stone – A Fable
Once there were two stones. Every day they would roll along, picking up little bits of debris as they went. As time passed by the stones got bigger and the little bits they had been picking up became a part of each of them. Soon they were shiny and colorful and smooth.
Then one day, the stones hit a bump in the road and one of them stopped to take a break. This was the first time he had stopped in a really long time so he paused for a while to look himself over and see how beautiful and shiny and large he had gotten. This was the first time he had noticed that he had become a rock – and he really liked it.
Meanwhile, the first stone just kept rolling along picking up new little bits and polishing them smooth. For him, life was about all of the little bits he could pick up… even if they were pokey and stuck out of his side for a little while. He knew it was all of those pieces of debris that had allowed him to become so smooth and shiny in the first place. And so, he kept on rolling.
One day the stone rolled up and saw the rock hanging out – but he hardly recognized him. The rock had become dull and grey. He didn’t have any little bits sticking out, but he didn’t have any shine either.
The stone asked the rock if he wanted to go rolling with him, but the rock said no. He was comfortable. And besides, it was easier to not go rolling… after all, you never have to deal with anything jabbing you in the side that way.
And so the two parted ways. The rock remained – comfortable, but dull and grey. The stone rolled on – picking up new bits of shine and polishing them smooth.
1. If you want to change, you need to apply an unbalanced force to your life.
2. Pick your thing. It doesn’t matter what it is. Start doing that now.
3. Tell someone about your thing (but don’t bother if it doesn’t scare you a little bit).
4. Create a life that will support you when bad things happen.
5. Don’t be a rock.
6. Be a rolling stone.
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