Newton and Success

Sir Isaac Newton, he of the apple and gravity fame knew a thing or two about how things work.
Do you remember what the first and second laws of motion are?

And how does that feature in your everyday life and journey to success?



You know what it’s like – I am watching a great show on TV or movie – I don’t feel like getting up and doing anything else, like my daily walk, before the show is over. This is due to inherent INERTIA. The longer I am seated there, the less I feel like getting up – I’m comfortable!

On the other hand, when I am energetic and on the move, I tend to want to stay that way. Energy begets energy – I feel I am in the “flow” as a lot of athletes put it. It is a peak state, which is also quite effortless. I also get that feeling when driving – on a long stretch, it begins to feel quite effortless and pleasurable – I could keep going forever.
When I start my daily walk, there is a time – about 25 mins in, when it no longer feels like work, and I can keep going for quite a while (I am not a natural athlete!). I love it then. If I stopped, then I have to go through all that feeling of work and effort to get to the 25 min point! I’m sure there are things for you that feel the same.

You can apply this to just about anything you start – you need a lot of resources (time, energy, money etc) to overcome the inertia of where you are. It takes a while, and things often seem to be very slow. After a while, you start getting in the flow and things start to happen – the more they happen, the more progress you are making, and it doesn’t seem to take as much effort as it did in the beginning – you are now in orbit.
That is a great feeling: it is important to realize that you do have to get past the initial inertia, and bumps in the road to get to where you want to be. And, if you apply more force (resources) to the object (project, service, product), it accelerates! You get to the destination that much faster! How cool is that!

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