Hi! What’s up? How are you doing with your goals? Are you taking those baby steps? Have you set yourself in motion to reach your goals? Today I want to talk about the what comes next.
What comes next is simply called momentum. Newton’s First Law of Motion says, “An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion, stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force.” I got that directly from The Physics Classroom. Newton was a pretty smart guy (at least I think so). When we make change for ourselves, that first step is the unbalanced force. Otherwise, everything would stay the same.
Here’s the thing. In our world, something is always changing. You can pretty much bet that if you don’t make your own change, someone else will. If someone else is impacting your life, it may not be in the way that you want. It will not be of your own design. Do we want to make that first step or let someone else do it for us?
When I took my first steps, I created a new state…the forward motion. I took a step each day while I was checking the job postings. When it was time to change my behavior again and put in the application, the act of putting in the application was the unbalanced force. But it was easier this time to do, because I had momentum. I was performing some action daily, so this didn’t feel too abrupt a change. It was still moving forward. It just took a little more work than checking the job postings every day.
Now I’m no physics expert, but I do find it interesting when I can apply it to my daily life. The interesting thing is that when I got the new job, I didn’t just stop moving there. Along with exploring my new job and learning new things, I started opening myself up to learning new things outside of my job, too. Momentum was in full swing!
I went back to an old hobby and started writing letters to friends around the world. While going back to this hobby, I thought about some of the envelopes I used to get from some of my friends. They were all decorated beautifully by the sender. Mail art! I opened a Pinterest account (another new thing for me) and started checking out mail art ideas. That led to me thinking about art journaling. I had heard of it before, but I didn’t know what it was. When I started looking at art journal pieces, I was exploring, and I started to open my mind to possibilities.
Now I never thought of myself as an artist. Never! I considered my drawing talent as good as stick people. I had a very low opinion of my creative side to say it best. I had momentum to try something new, though! I bought a few art supplies, watched some video tutorials on YouTube (another new thing for me) and gave it a try.
Do you know what? As someone who didn’t think very much of her creative side or artistic side, I was very surprised to find out that I can do it! I can really make some art! I cannot vouch for the quality, and it’s not going into a museum anytime soon, but I’ve been having a lot of fun with it. I’ve spent the rest of 2018 exploring this creative side of myself, and I like it!
You might be asking yourself by now how this applies to you. It gets back to momentum. Once you start moving forward, it seems like the mind opens to new and different possibilities. You see things differently and your path is unique. Do not underestimate the power of personal growth and the impact it has on your whole world. I often wonder what my life would have been like had I not taken that very first step on January 3, 2018.
I invite you to share with me in the comments below, some of the steps you are taking to reach your goals. We live the best version of ourselves one step at a time.