January 24th, 2016 – Camped in the Mojave Desert…
Decisions and actions. While I am an admitted big time dreamer, it seems to me that so much in life comes down to making decisions and then taking action on those decisions.
Inertia: a property of matter by which it continues in its existing state of rest or uniform motion in a straight line, unless that state is changed by an external force.
It was really hard to get started. I had a few butterflies in my stomach – a mix of fear, anticipation and exhilaration. I headed down Interstate 5 into Oregon in a driving rain storm, clicking off the first few miles of what will be my “big crazy road trip,” taking me a couple thousand miles south to sunny California, Arizona and Mexico for the next two to three months. My thoughts turned to the decisions and actions that brought me to this exciting moment.
In the weeks and months before I departed, the reactions I would get from people about my plans were pretty consistent. “Wow, that sounds awesome! I would love to do something like that.”
Why don’t more people do the things they would love to do? Mainly because of something called inertia.
There is a part in the movie “What The Bleep Do We Know,” where Amit Goswami says that we humans “get stuck in the sameness of reality.” While I am neither for, or against the film itself, I love this statement.
We have jobs to do, lawns to mow, dogs to feed, soccer practice on Saturdays, piano lessons on Tuesdays and survivor is on Thursday nights. We become reliant on these routines and that’s a good thing. It’s a good thing until we become over-reliant on them.
Often we don’t take action because it is so very hard to break free from our routine lives. We get stuck in the sameness of our life. Inertia.
When we are stuck in inertia it is oh so hard to make decisions – and even harder to take action. It is really hard to get started… That is the key to breaking inertia. Get started. Make a decision and take an action in the direction of a dream, even if it’s a tiny and seemingly insignificant action, it will set you in motion in a new direction.
Here’s an example. I made a decision that I was going to make this trip. Then to lock in that decision I took a simple action. I made a commitment to volunteer crew aboard a replica tall ship in California for two weeks in February, six weeks into my trip. It took very little effort to take that simple action months ago, but that simple little action virtually assured I would get started on my big crazy road trip and have an amazing adventure (stay tuned to hear all about it!)…
What dreams have you been putting off? What decisions and actions can you make and take right now today to get started living that dream?