I’ve been thinking a lot about inertia, and the impact it can have on one’s life, family and career. The picture I chose only tells half the story, inertia’s definition (Webster) is “a property of matter by which it remains at rest or in uniform motion in the same straight line unless acted upon by some external force.” Or in simpler terms, things staying exactly as they are until someone does something to change this.
How does this impact our life, family and career? How many of us have maintained the status quo because we were too afraid or just comfortable? I know I’ve been guilty of this, and if I’m being honest with myself; still find myself going with the flow because it’s “easier”. I’ll tell myself I don’t have the bandwidth to take anything else on, but I believe differently.
My life will not get any easier if I wait a few weeks, months or years. All I’m doing is allowing myself to become more comfortable with how things are – and making it much more difficult to gain enough momentum in another direction to overcome inertia. There is nothing wrong with being satisfied with where you are; I only have an issue with accepting where you are because it’s too much work to do anything else. I struggle to explain the difference – it boils down to have you achieved what you set out to achieve, or did you “give up” because it got too difficult or you lost sight of your original vision.
I have found life has a funny way of offering scenarios of “good enough”; where you have struggled for a while and found a plateau which, on the surface, appears to have everything you’re looking for. I haven’t found my true peak, yet. As I come to each plateau I find myself wanting more.
Here’s where inertia comes into play. Giving myself enough of a push to let go of what is comfortable to reach the next level. It also means acknowledging there will be “speed bumps”; after all, I’m a single father of a child with disabilities and he will always come first. But, and this is a HUGE caveat in my mind; there is absolutely no reason for me to allow myself to become stagnant while helping him on his journey. I should, and for the most part do, continue looking for ways to overcome inertia so when (not if) the opportunity to complete the next part of my journey presents itself I am ready and only need to give myself a small nudge, rather than a hard shove.
I’d like to challenge all of those reading this post to look inward. Have you accomplished what you truly wanted to? If you have, take pleasure in having overcome the obstacles I’m sure you had to best. If you haven’t, what can you do to shift from an object at rest, to an object in motion in the direction you most desire?