Look Beyond Photography: Episode 37 “Objects in Motion”

Something we learned in science class can be much more valuable than you may think.

This is indeed a trying time we live in.  Not just in photography, but in life.  There are so many things going on that it can be very easy to get distracted from our goals, many times to the point of wanting to give up.  If you’re feeling like this, know that you’re not alone and that most of us go through this on a regular basis…sometimes almost daily.  But, what we need to absolutely remember, is these are the times where keeping ourselves motivated is most important.  Because motivation isn’t simply about revving yourself up to begin a new process or start a new journey in life.  True motivation is about grinding away every day and knowing that all of the small efforts result in meeting large goals.

Many of us were taught a powerful principle on motivation in school and probably didn’t even realize it.  This principle is known as “Newton’s 1st Law of Motion”, and in short states that:

“Objects in motion tend to stay in motion, and objects at rest tend to stay at rest, unless acted upon by an outside force.”

While we were taught that this “law” is in relation to the physics of the physical world, I would suggest that it is also a perfect representation of the human psyche in relation to staying motivated.  In a nutshell, what we need to understand is that it takes much more energy to start an object in motion than it does to keep an object in motion.  We can relate to this in different ways.  For instance, in our business, which is easier…to make one big change to how we work or to our processes every year, or to make a series of “course corrections” throughout the year in order to keep a constant motion of change and improvement?  How about when it comes to dieting?  Is it easier to psych yourself up for a massive change to your diet and exercise at the beginning of every year, or easier to make small changes in your diet and exercise throughout the year?

Objects In Motion

Objects In Motion

We have all faced these and other similar scenarios.  The problem is that we’re constantly trying to reach a place of comfort and rest, but “objects at rest tend to stay at rest”.  In other words, once we stop doing something, we tend to not start again…and when we do start, it requires much more effort than we anticipated.  This is why so many of our goals fail.  We set incredible goals and then after a short while we get bummed because the goal is still so far away…and instead of chipping away at it, we just give up.  Then we wonder why it takes soooo long to get motivated to attempt the goal again.  But I firmly believe the key to keeping ourselves motivated is reminding ourselves daily that “objects in motion tend to stay in motion!”

If you’re in the process of reaching a goal and feeling like you want to give up…DON’T!  Remember that is requires much less effort to just keep going, a little at a time…and that as each day passes, it will require less and less effort to maintain the same momentum.  It doesn’t matter if it’s a business goal, a weight loss goal, a relationship goal, or a faith-based goal, the principle is the same.  Make your movements small, but constant, and it will lead to big changes much more quickly.  Take a minute today to make yourself a note that simply says “Objects in Motion…”, then place it somewhere you will see it every day.  Then decide each day to be the “Object in Motion” instead of the “Object at Rest.”