Thursday, August 18, 2016

Feeling farther away from my goal than when I started

Keep moving the story forward. 

That’s the mantra for taking action, making progress and building momentum. I even wrote a book about it here.

But the question is, what happens when we inadvertently move in the wrong direction? How do we reconcile the mistakes and missteps and setbacks that take us away from our goal? 

I once spent an entire summer applying for more than twelve hundred jobs. I filled out applications and submitted portfolios and took assessments and did video conferences and went on interviews, and every single one of them rejected me.

But what bothered me most about the experience wasn’t feeling unwanted, but feeling farther away from my goal than when I started. That was even worse. It’s like I spent four months building negative momentum in my career. 

Until a professor friend of mine reminded me about how physics works. 

Newton’s first law. A body in motion stays in motion. A body at rest stays at rest. Therefore, action, even if you are going in the wrong direction, can still create momentum. Because you’re already in motion. And that means you can more easily change direction than if you are standing still. 

Proving, that even the actions that aren’t leading you directly to your goals will still generate energy. Taking action of any kind will make you feel better about yourself and our prospects. It doesn’t have to be heroics, rather, small practical things that come together to achieve effectiveness. 

And that energy will allow you to keep moving the story forward. 

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