Newton, in all his brainy wisdom, must have been thinking about me when he penned the first law of motion:
An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force.
Like, yeah it does. When I’m motivated, and on a roll, the act of doing – whether that’s yoga, work, eating right, whatever – seems easy. I want to get up early and go. Things feel natural. I get a real pay off and sense of achievement for doing these actions.
When in motion, this object walks around with her head held particularly high, feeling a shade off of self-actualized.
And the same is true when I’m off the wagon. When I’m watching an entire season of brain-numbing ANTM in one day. When I’m eating croissants and mini eggs and drinking copious amounts of coffee, and the mere idea of getting my butt out of leggings and out of the house seems impossible. An object at rest stays on the couch.
If you’re stuck, unhappy, and ready to get into motion, here are three unbalanced forces just waiting to get you moving:
Commit To A 30-day Challenge
Get A Coach Or Accountability Partner
Sign Up For Something
A 30-day challenge is the perfect way to get moving. Whether it’s facilitated through a studio, an app, or something you do solo or with a friend, the idea of committing to something every day for 30 days is exactly the mindset you need to get going.
It takes out the entire narrative of “should I go to they gym today?” or “what am I going to make for dinner?” or “do I have time to write today?” You know the answers, so now you just have to do it. It also shows you that it can be really quite manageable to fit these activities into your life. You’ll see that the “I don’t have time to do X” excuse is really just that, an excuse.
I’ll preface this by saying I’ve never had a life coach, or a business coach, or really even a personal trainer. But it’s one of those things I’ve always been interested in and can totally see the value of. (I’ll get to it later… I’m busy being an object at rest).
The power of having a coach is that you’re accountable to someone. You’ve got tasks and deadlines and scheduled opportunities to reflect and check in on your progress. It’s way more difficult to skip the gym if you know there is someone there waiting for you. And it’s way easier to depritoritze your creative “work” if you know that no one will be expecting it.
This one I do all the time. Can’t make yoga a priority? Sign up for YTT. Want to get my exercise game going? Sign up for a Tri. Want to become a better writer? Commit to writing a column in a local paper.
Having a finish line, an end goal, something to work towards is damn near mandatory for someone like me who doesn’t find that “getting shit done” comes naturally.
Posting inspirational quotes on Pinterest and Instagram is probably not enough to put an object in motion. Let’s all work together to get each other going and keep each other moving, and make Newton proud!