Your Life is Full of Unwanted Inertia

The questions you need to ask in order to live an intentional life

Melvin Wahlin,

“If a body is at rest or moving at a constant speed in a straight line, it will remain at rest or keep moving in a straight line at constant speed unless it is acted upon by a force.”

Inertia: Your Life on Autopilot

Me? I have other thoughts about inertia. I find that the Oxford Languages definition hits much closer to home:

“a tendency to do nothing or to remain unchanged.”

Inertia isn’t limited to physics and the laws of motion, but rather it applies to all aspects of life.

“But each deed you do, each act, binds you to itself and to its consequences, and makes you act again and yet again.”

Essentially, what we do perpetuates what we do. Inertia. So much of life happens on autopilot. The grooves we’ve worn into our own paths continue to get cut deeper and deeper.


Self-perpetuating Actions

If you lash out in anger at your 4 year old son, because you haven’t practiced your patience muscles, you develop a hostile relationship between you and your child. In turn, he resents you, which drives him to do things that cause you to lash out.

“So do you like it? Is it the kind of thing you want to be doing?”

We rarely ask that question.

The Power of Habits

If you’ve read Atomic Habits by James Clear, or Duhigg’s The Power of Habit, you’ll know how much of life is based in routines and habits. So much of what we do is done only semi-consciously, which is generally a good thing. Consciously thinking about every single action or choice would be overwhelming.

Brett Jordan,

Hard Questions Make for Difficult Conversations

Lately I’ve been trying to think more about whether or not I like the path I’m on. Honestly, I’m realizing that I’ve spent the past few years trying to talk myself into enjoying my work life.

B2B Content Writer focusing on Finance SAAS. Father, Musician, Adventurer & Expat

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