How inertia is holding you back and what you can do about it

Today, I wanted to talk to you about inertia.

According to Wikipedia:

Inertia is the tendency of objects in motion to stay in motion, and objects at rest to stay at rest, unless a force causes its speed or direction to change.

But I'm not here to talk about physics.

You may have noticed an analogous experience in your personal life.

When you're lying in bed, doing nothing, you'll continue laying there until some strong motivation propels you to get up and do something.

Similarly, when you're focused on a task, if someone interrupts you and asks you to stop what you're doing and do something else, you resist stopping what you're doing to do that other thing instead.

In other words, inertia can prevent you from:

  • writing that blog post you wanted to publish this week,
  • being flexible when things don't go according to plan,
  • and collaborating effectively with other people.

Where in your life has inertia been unhelpful recently?

Looking back, you may have noticed a few places where you wish you had done things differently.

So, what can you do to interrupt inertia?

Here are some examples:

  • Make your goals readily visible.
  • Remind yourself of what is important to you.
  • Celebrate your wins, progress, and successes.
  • Start with tasks that are fast, easy, and simple.
  • Schedule regular breaks to interrupt your schedule intentionally.
  • Practice mindfulness and watch out for when you're attached to something.
  • Visualize things that may prevent you from starting, or that might go wrong, and brainstorm ways you could respond in those circumstances.

If inertia is holding you back, click here to book a free consult, and we can discuss how I can help you learn how to overcome inertia.

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