What does it take to move forward in your life?


Recently, I wrote about structure and how I no longer wished to go to either extreme, being rigid or lax. I also mentioned having a support system for creating balance between the two. It included receiving guidance from mentors, coaches, and a supportive partner. But before getting the support, how did I start?

How did I move from inaction to action?

Its imperative to first feel a strong desire to create change. You have to want more.  Complacency, or the status quo, is the culprit keeping you closed in the box known as your comfort zone.

Yet, desire alone is not enough. You also need to overcome inertia. Newton’s first law says, “An object at rest tends to stay at rest, and an object in motion tends to stay in motion unless acted upon by an outside force.”

So whats a good outside force to get us in motion?

Having the support of another person coupled with desire is a powerful force to get you moving. An Aikido master once told me, There is an old Chinese practice pronounced “Wah-king”, meaning put one foot in front of the other. Take one step at a time. Start small and see the difference it makes.

Start taking small actions and ask yourself empowering questions that keep you moving.

Here are some of the question I asked myself: What do I want to create? Why do I want this? What one action can I take today to move me forward? What fear is preventing me from taking action?

Questions like these get your life In Action.

Below are two formulas. Notice the results your choices lead to. You choose which results you want.

Desire for Change + Support + Empowering Questions = In Action

Complacency + Discouragement = Inaction

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