Inertia: resistance to change, not easily changed, difficulty in getting started

The first step is the hardest. Marie De Vichy-Chamrond

Once you are moving, you can keep moving.  Ronald Weiss

Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire and begin at once, whether you ready or not, to put this plan into action. Napoleon Hill

   Inertia, or resistance to change, is a powerful force that has to be overcome to get things moving. The world prefers staying the same to making changes. It takes substantial and dramatic forces to overcome the reluctance to get moving. Status quo is normal and those who want to change the norm are often not well received. Not only is this a problem for society, it is very difficult for us as individuals to overcome the inertia in our own lives.

   It took great effort and sacrifice to begin and maintain the Civil Rights Movement. Overcoming inertia or ‘changing the ways things were’ required tremendous effort from those who were committed to the cause. “Don’t rock the boat”’, “don’t make waves”, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”, “leave well enough alone”, are all expressions which promote leaving things as they are. In order to move forward and to make progress, we have to overcome inertia, status quo, and all other witticisms which encourage us to leave well enough alone.  

   Progress requires action; it requires dissatisfaction with present circumstances and it requires getting outside of our existing comfort zones. Consider the overcoming of inertia on the personal level: “If we always do things the same way we have always done them, then the results will always be the same”.  In order to make change we must become agents of change. If we are satisfied with whom we are; with what we are; and have no aspirations of being anything any different; there is very little likelihood that we will ever make any significant changes to our life. We will not overcome inertia and will stay bogged down and trapped inside our comfort zones.

   If we have a sense of healthy dissatisfaction with whom and where we are, we have what it takes to overcome the “status quo inertia” of our life. Once we overcome our reluctance to change, being satisfied with the old becomes more difficult and becoming motivated to change for the better becomes easier. If we really want to become more than we are; it requires taking charge; and becoming committed to personal growth. We must truly decide we want to make changes to our life. Having a healthy sense of dissatisfaction is desirable. Overcoming inertia and striving and committing to personal growth changes lives. We can become so much more than we are.

Challenge: Do you have a healthy sense of dissatisfaction? This is a sign that you have what it takes to overcome status quo. You have talents and abilities waiting to be used, exercised, and perfected. The first step is taking action to overcome your reluctance to change. Develop a vision and a plan of action. Break in down into small steps and goals. Start today. Take the first step. Break free from where you are and go forward with your life.

Wisdom:  So many fail because they don’t get started – they don’t go. They don’t overcome inertia. They don’t begin. W Clement Stone

Spiritual: (NIV)

Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalms 37:4

God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1

Many believe that God rewards good work and effort with increased opportunities. We tend to get out of life what expect from it. This is true in the secular world and seems to be true spiritually as well. Our expectations are way too low. We do not allow ourselves to reach our potential. We stop way short of the goal line. One of these days it will be revealed to us how much we missed out on because we are too reluctant and too fearful.

Prayer:   Help me to be able to overcome the reluctance in my life to make changes that need to be made.


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