Inertia is Just a Speed-Bump



How often have you found that getting started is the hardest part of a project?

What was your latest project that seemed daunting until you got started and then was much easier and faster than you expected?

Stepping into something new often requires overcoming inertia. And along with inertia, there is often a voice of fear coming along for the ride.

That voice of fear will always be there. Every time you start a new project, the part of you that is hard wired to worry about anything new will speak up. And the trick to getting things done is to start anyway.

3 tips for getting starting despite fear.

  1. Take a tiny step forward. What is the smallest step you can take towards your goal? Is that step small enough not to trigger paralyzing fear? Taking the first step without worrying about what comes next can tame the fear.
  2. Identify your motivation. What are you moving towards? Why is it important to you? Who other than yourself will benefit? What will happen if you don’t do anything?
  3. Get an accountability buddy. Find someone to report in to when you have finished. It might help to choose someone who will celebrate your small milestones with you. If fear of negative consequences motivates you, you might devise a consequence that they will arrange if you don’t take steps within a certain time frame.

Once you get started, you will be on your way.

Many times, the first taste of momentum is what it takes to get inertia working for you instead of against you.

An object in motion tends to stay in motion.

What is the smallest motion you can start now?

This post is part of the 2017 Blogging from A to Z Challenge.