I’ve been thinking about Newton’s First Law of Motion. I’m no physicist but I do know about inertia and momentum as it works in my life. An object at rest (me full of pie and cookies) wants to stay at rest. An object in motion (me learning how to run my business) stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force (kids home for Christmas). Most of my energy since before Thanksgiving has been spent shopping, cooking, shopping, baking, shopping, wrapping and decorating.
It’s winter and I feel like the fire pit in my picture, covered with snow and with no flame. I’ve always worked for someone else. Even when I built programs from nothing, there were directives, supervisors and funding agents that I was responsible to. Now it’s just me. Not only am I learning the ropes of being an entrepreneur, I have to learn how to motivate myself. I don’t have a system of accountability (yet) so it’s easy to drop things and spend time with my family and friends.
I was taught in school that there are two types of people: racehorses and turtles. I hang out with racehorses and envy their energy levels but I am a turtle by nature. Now that I’ve been putting my heart “out there” for a little while, I have an urge to pull into my shell and go to sleep. Especially now that Christmas is over. Nobody is lighting my fire. I’m aware of losing momentum. Launching a new business is exhilarating and energizing but now three months later, the thrill is wearing off and reality is sinking in. Having a business requires work and focus!
So, if an object at rest is required to become an object in motion, how does that happen? I’m open to suggestions from others about how you stay motivated and stay accountable to the goals you set.