Human inertia. It’s that inner hesitation that stops me from pouncing on my latest idea and running with it. It’s a mixed bag of fear, insecurity, awe, trepidation, ignorance, analysis and a multitude of other emotions and feelings which keep me from just jumping in and figuring it out.
I find it interesting because I know that this inertia sometimes holds me back from accomplishing big things and from experiencing great joy. Yet, sometimes it wins, I never get started.
I know the most satisfying projects, events, moments in my life whether they be personal or business-related have come when I pushed through the human inertia, got out of my comfort zone and made myself figure it out – whatever “it” was. It’s when I’ve been most creative, most excited, and most enthusiastic. It’s also when I’ve been the most serious, most hard-nosed, and when I’ve been most committed to the task at hand. And it’s also when I’ve felt the best.
Take this blog. It was tough to get started. There were so many questions – where does one get one of these blogs? What should it look like? What will I write about? Who will read it? Will it be any good? What if no one is interested? What if I say something really stupid? How often should I post? If I don’t post enough will that look bad? Finally, I just told myself to get started.
And here it is. It’s not the best blog in the world, but it’s getting better. It’s not the prettiest blog, but I’m researching how to improve the look. I’ve changed the name once, and may do so again. I still don’t think I’ve fully found my “voice” but it’s getting refined. The important thing is I got started, and now, I know lots about blogging. I’ve learned a lot about myself and how I view things. I’ve had almost 600 views and had some pretty nice compliments. I find now, I feel great when I’ve written something I like – regardless of how many views it gets. I’m more confident, I’m having fun with it and I get great satisfaction from making each post. I’m also keen to find new ideas and write about them.
How many situations in life are like this? We know if we push ourselves that little bit to get past the human inertia, off we’ll go – we’ll learn something new, we’ll improve, we’ll find a way. And the rewards will be great. We just need to trust ourselves, and get started.
4 thoughts on “Get Started.”
Your remarks caused me to remember the wise words of a Logistics (production planning) Manager who I worked with many years ago. “Always remember,” he would say, “a plan is merely something from which to deviate.” He taught me to not drive my stakes too deeply into the ground and to remain flexible. It seems to me you’re off to a good start with the blog. Enjoy yourself and keep writing.
Thanks. Much appreciated. I’ll keep an eye on Opinionated Miscellany – great name!
Mike, congratulations on taking the plunge and just getting started!