Inertia is the grave where we bury our opportunities and dreams.

When we postpone what we have to do, when we fall into inertia, it means we are burying our dreams. Or as Victor Clam put it: “Inertia is the killer of opportunity.”

Even if we don’t like it, we must remember that sometimes we are mortal. Only in this way can we feel that this is the very moment when we need to take action to realize our dreams. Why are you constantly postponing what you need to do to make our dreams come true? What is stopping you? Why do we let inertia steal time away like a thief when we constantly emphasize that life is short?

One of the causes of inertia is looking at life from an erroneous perspective. Take, for example, the word “work”. When we talk about work, most of us get negative emotions. In fact, I’m sure most of us see work as “God’s punishment of people” rather than “a God-given reward”. It is human nature to avoid “painful” things. For this reason, we can say that it is in the nature of man to avoid work.

If you’re a fan of running away from work, imagine Picasso, Michelangelo or Mozart. Do you think they said “I’m going to work” when they got up in the morning? they were making art and were not necessarily talking about it as work. Think of yourself as an artist, regardless of the work you do, and try to look at the work you produce as your “work”.

Just as gasoline is needed to drive a car, determination and perseverance are necessary for success. If you don’t have perseverance and a determined attitude, you can’t even start the engine of your car on the way to success.
The opposite concept of perseverance and determination is inertia. Perseverance means never giving up. Inertia is never starting. Not finishing the things you start is another example of inertia.

You will often hear people inert say: “I am a perfectionist. Before I start a job, conditions must be suitable for me to work. There should be nothing to distract me, there should not be too much noise, the phones should not ring if possible, when the phone rings, I get distracted. Of course I have to feel good physically, how can I work if I have a headache?” these people are the ones who can never start a business because they are inert.
There are also those who do not finish the work they have started, they always leave the work they start unfinished, but their excuses are always ready, covered with the cover of perfectionism. They say: “I want everything to be complete and perfect. I am not satisfied with any job. The dots of the “i” letters of this should be in the form of a perfect spot, all the “t” letters should be the same. Otherwise, the job is not finished. I’m my own biggest critic, what should I do? The work I am a perfectionist does not end. But I can’t change…”

Can you see what’s going on here? A “wrong” act is presented as a “virtuous” one. The perfectionist says that “his own standards are too high for the world he lives in.” This behavior, which we can call fault-virtue syndrome, is actually a defense shield that people develop to cover their weaknesses. It is an effort to find false excuses. Of course, this behavior does not explain the real causes of inertia. Because the real causes of inertia lie much deeper.

The basis of inertia is the “fear of failure”. Fear has paralyzed you and is keeping you from moving forward. What is the difference between not starting at all and not finishing what you start? actually there is no difference. Either way, you’re stuck at one point. Either way, you’re not getting anywhere. No matter what task or job you have to do, you have succumbed to it.

The real reason for this behavior is your erroneous visions about the future. Thinking about what will happen when you fail to do this job breeds the behavior that keeps you from finishing it… that is, inertia. Maybe you are afraid that people will laugh at you in the face of your failure, maybe you think you can’t handle the criticism you get, or the reason for your fear may be that you will be punished if you can’t complete the job as expected.

In short, the “negative visions” you create about your future prevent you from moving forward, you will be stuck. It is a tool that many people’s minds create themselves.

So what should we do to overcome the inertia that keeps us from progressing? Now I’m going to show you a technique that will allow you to transform inertia into perseverance. The basic principle for transforming inertia and passivity into productivity and determination is this.

Principle of Separation

The nature of the work you are trying to complete does not change how this process works. Maybe you want to write a book, climb a mountain, or whitewash your house. Whatever you want to achieve, the key to success is breaking it down into small chunks. Every little piece of work should be a part of the job that you can easily complete, handle. Focus on how much of the work you need to complete right now. Stop thinking further. By giving up negative vision of the future, develop a positive outlook for the very moment you are in. This technique is one of the most important techniques to overcome inertia. Let’s explain this a little more with an example:

Let’s say I asked you to write a 400-page novel. If you’re like the majority, you might think this is an impossible task to complete. But now suppose I ask you a different question; this time I say: “I want you to write 1.5 pages a day for a year”

Do you think you can? While the idea of ​​writing a 400-page book seemed impossible, didn’t this new offer seem a little easier to you? At least it doesn’t seem impossible to do.

What we did here was to break the 400-page book-writing job into pieces. Well, did it get easier, maybe yes… but believe me, I still seem to see some of you intimidated. You ask why ? because I am talking about a work that will last for “one year” here, I said write 1.5 pages every day. 1.5 page writing part is easy. But when you are told to do this for 1 year, it intimidates many. When you ask people to do the same thing over and over for a year, they tend to look ahead and develop a negative mood. So what should we do? Let’s break it down a bit more:

This time, I want you to write 1.5 pages “today”. When I want this, I do not mean for a year, a month, a week. I say “Write 1.5 pages today”, I don’t want you to look any further. Most people will readily accept this. Even those who think that it is impossible for them to write a 400-page book.

When tomorrow comes, I will ask these people the same thing again, and I will say to them, “Don’t look at yesterday, tomorrow, the main thing is today and what you need to do today is to write 1.5 pages of writing”. Do you think they can?

In this technique, besides the work that needs to be done, we also divide the time into parts. We divide the time required for an important job into one-day time periods. At the same time, you have divided the work itself into pieces. Believe me, if you practice this technique for a year, you’ll all have a 400 page book by the end!

If you are faced with a daunting task, if you consider the day you are in and do your daily tasks without looking back or forward, there is nothing you cannot accomplish.

Remember, even the longest marathon run “starts with a single step”. Get up and take our first step right now.

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