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 in order to get moving. The world prefers to stay the same and stagnant. Usually it takes substantial and dramatic force to overcome this reluctance and opposition. Status quo is the norm and those who want to change the norm are not well received. Not only is this a problem for society, it is difficult for us as individuals to overcome stagnancy and inertia in our own lives.
It took great effort to begin and maintain the Civil Rights Movement. There was great reluctance. Overcoming inertia or ‘changing the ways things were’ required tremendous commitment from those who believed in the cause. “Don’t rock the boat”’, “don’t make waves”, “leave well enough alone”, are all expressions which tend to promote leaving things as they are. In order to move forward and to make progress, we have to make changes to status quo. We cannot fall prey to these witticisms. Getting started is always “half the battle” of making progress.
Progress requires action; it requires dissatisfaction with present circumstances and requires getting outside of our existing comfort zones. We must address our inertia on a very 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 overcome inertia to move forward. We must upset our “applecart”. If we are satisfied with whom we are; where we are; having no aspirations of being anything any different; there is little likelihood we will ever make significant change. We will be stymied by inertia and stay bogged down and trapped inside our comfort zone.
If we have a sense of ‘healthy dissatisfaction’ with whom and where we are, then we have what it takes to overcome the ‘status quo-inertia’ of our life. Once we overcome the reluctance to change, being satisfied with the old becomes more difficult and we become motivated to start becoming better and better. Do we really want to become more than we are; take charge; and become disciplined and motivated? We must have a hunger and a thirst to be more than we are. Not being complacent and becoming dissatisfied becomes important. Overcoming inertia, striving and committing to lifelong personal growth becomes an integral part of our daily live.
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 in 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
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
I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13
Many believe that God rewards good work and effort with increased opportunities. We tend to get out of life what we expect. This is true in the secular world and also seems to be true in the spiritual world. Most of our expectations are way too low. We do not have enough belief to allow ourselves to reach our potential. We stop short of the goal line. One of these days it will be revealed to us how much we missed because we are too reluctant and too fearful to step forward. God is there and very willing and ready to give us the courage we need.
Prayer: Help me to be able to overcome the reluctance in my life to make changes that I need to be make.