On the day after Thanksgiving, the title seems appropriate. But, it’s not at all what we’re talking about here. It’s about what we fear. Think about it for a second. In my last blog I wrote about the advantages of stepping out in bravery and faith. I’m in an interesting place right now, as I’m seeing the invigoration and uncertainty of doing just that, and it occurs to me that the victory of embracing your inner Gunga Din comes not with huge amounts of direct fear, but with this peripheral angst that is hard to put one’s finger on.
Stepping out comes with fear of course. That’s why so many are content to live with jobs and careers marked by silent desperation. There’s no doubt I can tell you that going your own way is uncomfortable. But, standing in quicksand and headed down feels a lot worse.
Lets just look at the physics of change for a moment. The law of inertia is absolute. Like it or not, you are always moving in one direction or another, and as you keep moving in that direction you build a momentum that gets harder and harder to change. To complicate things even more is the law of Entropy.
That physical law states that everything is in a constant state of decay and organization naturally deteriorates over time. If you don’t believe me go look at the inside of your garage.
So Steve, what other good news do you have here? Well, actually there is good news. You can CHANGE the direction you’re headed in, by BEGINNING to move in a different direction. You can’t change everything immediately. But, by just stirring the pot you can make that first step.
See, we’re all cogent, intelligent beings (well most of us anyway.) The beauty is as such we can work with the physical laws of the universe as opposed to just being affected by them.
It’s interesting how we always use the word inertia in the negative and use the word momentum when we speak in the positive. Well, it’s the same thing, the only difference is that inertia is an actual physical law and momentum is just a byproduct of that. I’m suggesting that we take the actual physical law and use it.
Don’t wait for some half baked New Years resolution that you’re going to come up with at 5 o’clock on December 31st while looking up kick off time for the Rose Bowl. Take a moment today to take stock of the decay in your life and hit reset. Then, drop the fear and start stirring the pot NOW. Begin to change direction by at least thinking about how to mitigate the negative inertia and decay in your life. There’s never a better time than now and there’s never a better step than the first one.
And while your at it, clean the garage.