Inertia. I hate that word, because I’ve felt it. Have you had it happen to you where you were unhappy with your career, life, relationships or sports but you simply made no step in moving forward? Perhaps you were analyzing every single option and fretting over minor details with you ending up doing nothing, the so called ‘analysis paralysis’. Or perhaps you were making excuses not to change things because you were simply afraid, insecure or suffering from some unconscious ‘barriers’ in your head. Perhaps you were genuinely depressed and getting out of bed drained your energy to the extent where every step forward felt like moving mountains.
It’s even worse when you rationally KNOW you’ve got every opportunity to achieve more towards what you want yet you’re just sitting there, grinding through your day. I wish there was a cookie cutter solution to counter this problem, but that really depends on the cause of the inertia. Habit, depression and fear are three different causes that may need completely different approaches when it comes down to it.
The only solid advice I can give you is to KEEP MOVING. Do SOMETHING, anything (preferably fun and productive), no matter how big or small, and adjust course as you go if necessary. Inertia breeds inertia, momentum breeds momentum. Like pushing a car with a dead battery, it sucks to get it to move, but once it starts rolling, it gets easier until at some point the engine starts working again. ‘Easier’ does not mean easy. You may have to do things you don’t really like to do or that are simply hard. That’s when things like grit come into play, that’s when you need reliable people around you to support you, push you forward or just kick your ass. And you will need to keep that up for however long it takes for you to notice results, but once that engine starts running again… You’ll start wondering why you ever stopped.
A friend of mine who was sad recently: “I don’t want to go to work.”
Me: “Yeah well, I want a million bucks, a blowjob and a house by the sea, but I don’t think I’m getting any of those today so I’m just going to have to grin and bear it.”