Create a Vision for Your life - Harness Inertia to live better

Newton’s first law of motion is that “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.”

I am often at rest.

A fuzzy lethargy creeps into my brain and I am drawn to staying that way, I might do something like turning on a screen to feed myself entertainment

Given the popularity of Netflix, I suspect I am not the only one.

I have found that often the unbalanced force that gets us moving is an unwelcome one.  It is some external pressure; a test, the fear of losing a job or concern with not being able to pay the rent.

It might be the obligation of family or children or hunger.

This obligation energy leads to frustration.   After a while we find ourselves blindly bouncing from necessary task to necessary task-  rescuing small bits of time here or there to shut down our minds and have a drink,

or watch Netflix.

We rest until obligation creeps up again, creating a relentless cycle of unsatisfactory doing leading to unsatisfactory avoidance.

The challenge, and the opportunity, is to discover the motivation within ourselves.  We can create the unbalanced force to tip from rest to motion (or even motion to rest) inside ourselves, and by focusing inside rather than outside we can find more genuine and satisfying activities.

We can start this by creating a vision and then developing a daily practice.

What do you want to do?  What is your vision for you? 

Now, what can you oblige yourselfto do every day.  Write it down and make it yours.  And do it, every day.

Start small.  Pick something that you can commit to every day.   Tellyourself that afterwards you can go back to Netflix.

My practice started with 15 minutes of meditation.  Then meditation with writing a sentence… just one sentence.  Now I write a paragraph and practice yoga.  Maybe tomorrow I will be up to two paragraphs.

Just be 1% better than yesterday.

Because just as when something is at rest it stays at rest, something in motionstays in motion.

Once the brain is active it stays active, so writing one sentence or practicing one sun salutation opens up the opportunity redefine yourself every day.

And don’t worry, Netflix will still be there later.

 

References:

 

www.physicsclassroom.com/class/newtlaws/Lesson-1/Newton-s-First-Law

“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.”