An Object in Motion – Day 306 of 365 Days to a Better You

You probably remember a phrase from your school days that goes something like this, “An object in motion tends to stay in motion. An object at rest tends to stay at rest.” This is a folksy articulation of Isaac Newton’s First Law of Motion.

It’s as true of human action as it is of a ball rolling down a hill. Momentum breeds momentum. Stagnation breeds more stagnation.

Now the most important part of Newton’s First Law often gets left out. The end of law states, “unless it is acted on by an external force.”

How does this apply to you and me and our personal development? For us, thoughts and emotion are those external forces that change our motion. Positive, determined thoughts and emotion drive positive action. Negative can take the wind from our sails.

Once you get moving, you’ll tend to keep moving. You’ll get things done and tackle your challenges. Have you noted that on those days when you get something done right away you tend to get more done? You get a cadence and a momentum pushing you forward.

Conversely, if you start slow, it’s hard to get that momentum going. This isn’t a value judgment. Sometimes being is more important than doing.

However, if it’s a moment that requires action and you’re feeling sluggish, here are some ways to get your momentum flowing?

  1. Do one thing. Put yourself in motion and let Newton’s Law work fort you. Once you’re in the flow the second task is easier.
  2. Do the hardest thing. One of the best pieces of advice I ever got was to do the hardest thing first thing, That way the rest of the day is easier. Focus on how good it’s going to feel to have that done,
  3. Do the smartest thing. There are things you just don’t want to do, but they have to be done. If the task is inevitable, do the smart thing and knock it out now. That avoids stress and scrambling later.
  4. Bargain with your brain. When there’s something you’re procrastinating about or feeling stuck on, make a deal with your brain. Tell it you’re going to start the task and work for 20 minutes. If it’s not going well, you can stop. More than likely, once you going, you’ll work much longer than 20 minutes.
  5. Jump in the pool. Your biggest blocks often center around fear and doubt. These can often be alleviated by starting and seeing it’s better then you thought. You’ll learn to “swim” as you go. The fastest way to force movement is to leave yourself no choice. Count to three and jump.

I hope you’re having an amazing Friday. In case no one else has reminded you today, you are awesome!

Ray

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6 Tips to Keep the Fire Burning – Day 258 of 365 Days to a Better You

Not one of us is on our game every single day. Let’s be honest. There are days , or longer sometimes, when you’re just not feeling it. The spark is flickering and you’d rather just pull the covers back over your head or binge watch some TV than chase down your dreams.

OK. You need a breather sometimes and it’s wise to recognize it. However, when the breather becomes stagnation, procrastination, and a general lack of concern for goals that had you on fire; it’s time to intervene.

Here are a few tips to re-light your pilot light and get back on your path.

  1. Revisit your goals and dreams. In the heat of pursuing your dreams, it’s possible to lose touch with your WHY. Your WHY is the emotional fire that got you started. Use it to reignite the engines.
  1. Change your goals and dreams. Listen closely when you try to reconnect with your existing goals and dreams. Things change. You change. Sometimes you simply lose interest in your those goals, those dreams, and that why behind them. It’s perfectly fine to acknowledge that, change course, or begin again. In for a penny, does not mean you have to stay in against your will all the way to the pound.
  2. Take the pressure off. Maybe you still want those goals and those dreams, but you’re feeling unsure how to proceed and that’s manifesting as engaging in distraction and delay. You might be feeling like you’re facing a blank page you have to fill every day to keep this path going. You’re not alone. Ask for help. Ask for advice from people further along your path. Go within. Part of the reason you have those specific dreams, goals, and why is because it’s part and parcel to who you are and who you’re meant to be. Get quiet and listen. The answers are there. You don’t have to consciously make this sh*t up as you go. God, the Universe, however you want to term that, has your back.
  3. Affirm. If you’ve determined you’re still in the right path or made the necessary adjustments and you’ve listened for the answers, get your heart and mind re-engaged by affirming that YOU CAN DO THIS AND YOU ARE DOING IT!
  4. Act. The break’s over. You’ve changed the oil and rotated the tires. Time to get back on the road. You don’t have to start HUGE. Just start. Remember: thoughts and emotion are the fuel for your dream, but action is its hands and feet.
  5. Finally, DO NOT beat yourself up. You have goals to achieve and dreams to realize. There’s no time for a pity party. The world needs what you have to offer. S, get to it!

Have an amazing and inspired day, my friends!

Ray

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