We all experience the incredible power of inertia every single day. Inertia doesn’t mean that you’re not moving as you may be moving constantly as part of your life, your vocation, and your job.
But as you well know, nothing is actually changing and you feel it every single day. The outcause is you is a strong bitter taste in your mouth about what you’re doing, who you’re doing it (whatever “it” is), and where you feel you are headed.
Don’t be fooled though as even the best and most successful people feel it as well – no one can escape it and we are all subject to it’s presence. The problem isn’t with inertia itself but rather how we interpret it, how we perceive it, and our timely reaction to it.
There’s no magic global panacea but I do know what works for me because I encounter it every single day, even though I can say with confidence that I love what I do and I love who I get to work with.
I simply ask myself this very concise question:
Am I satisfied?
The answer has always been an emphatic “No” and I know in my heart that I will never be satisfied with anything that I do as the businesses that I lead could be doing better, the quality of my relationships with my friends and wife and children could be better, and yada yada yada yada yada.
But what it requires of me, what it begs me to do, is to act. In light of this truth, as I sit there in my cubicle, at my desk, in Starbucks, in bed, as I drive to wherever I am driving, I know that I must do something so that I can continue to overcome and defeat the resistance that is inertia.
Nothing will change if I give up and give in to the power of inertia. My relationships won’t be enriched, my health won’t get better, my organizations won’t thrive if I become satisfied with the unsatisfactory.
Tomorrow, you will meet inertia in the still quiet of the day and you must ask yourself if you’re satisfied with the way that things are – the rest is up to you.