Written on August 3, 2010 by Dr. Laurie
As Newton’s first law of motion says, “Every body will persist in a state of rest unless it is compelled to change that state by forces impressed upon it.” (or something like that). I have thought about the so-called law of inertia as I sit on my porch and stare at the weeds gathering in my flowers. I have felt the power of inertia as I contemplated walking to the library – or walking anywhere.
You can fill in the blanks with your own “state of rest.”
But what about when we really do need to be in motion? Our body is demanding exercise, we know we need to get those calls made, we can’t ask our family (or ourselves!) to eat take out another night, but it is so hard to get going.
It is the first step. That’s all it takes.
This is not a scientific fact, but it is the experience I have had, and so have many of my clients.
Taking one small step changes that inertia to momentum – and we don’t need much momentum to get going. Where the effort lies is in persuading ourselves to make that initial move.
One of the things that stops us is our negative imagination. We “see” the difficulty that lies head, we feel the tired ache or the lack of results – even when it hasn’t occurred! The sheer amount that has to be accomplished defeats us. We look at the whole mountain, and decide to stay right where we are.
If you can bring your eyes down to the ground in front of you, remind yourself – it’s just one step. Or, I only have to do one thing. Give yourself permission to stop after you tackle one bite -sized piece of the project.
What happens? You get momentum.
This is all we’re looking for – momentum. Momentum has its own psychological and physical force that will carry you forward. When you get momentum, then you can begin to accomplish those tasks – one by one.
What one thing would you like to accomplish this month? Getting started will help your physical and your psychological health.
Let me know how it goes!