Getting Started: Putting Your Inertia To Work

by Dr. Graham

Published: Fri, 13 Feb 2015


The new year started almost six weeks ago. Many of us were excited about our New Year's resolutions, and all the wonderful things we were going to accomplish in 2015. For many of us, the time has gone by and we're yet to start on some or even all of those goals. Now is the time to start, you are not too late.

One of the wonderful things about human beings is our ability to be in the present. This very quality also makes it difficult for us to judge how long a task will take. Curiously, the task often takes however much time we have allotted. Still, we tend to overestimate how much we (and especially someone working for us) can get done in an hour, while vastly underestimating how much we can get done in a year.

So, six weeks are gone, but forty-six weeks stretch out ahead of us. If you start on your goals now, you probably still have the time to reach your year's goal. If you start working towards reaching your goals now, you will be well on your way to making such efforts automatic in a month or two, and then you can cruise through the rest of the year. If you don't start on your goals now, another month will slip from your grasp, and another and another, and the reality of reaching your goals will turn into a dream.

Inertia: the property of matter by which it retains its state of rest or its velocity along a straight line so long as it is not acted upon by an external force.

When I deadlift, the most difficult portion of the lift is getting the weights off of the ground, getting them started. I have to overcome their inertia, their tendency to stay put. Once moving, I find it relatively easy to keep the weights moving to the top of the lift. The same is true for goals. Inertia plays a huge role.

Until you start working on your goals, the inertia keeps you from starting. Once you get started, the inertia keeps you going. Get started. Put inertia to work for you.