MY TWO CENTS:
In our last edition of MTC, we discussed the idea of putting our brilliant ideas into practice. Purposefully choosing to live out our legacy and deciding to keep our focus on ideals that matter most to us.
Today, I want to talk about momentum. Newton's First Law states that an object will remain at rest or in uniform motion in a straight line unless acted upon by an external force. A summary I’ve heard of this law is, “An object at rest tends to stay at rest and an object in motion tends to stay in motion unless acted on by an outside force.” I’m no scientist, but that idea struck me when I thought about making progress toward something about which we care deeply.
If we find ourselves stuck in a rut or routine that we don’t like, we often find it difficult to motivate ourselves toward something more meaningful. The tendency to stay at rest in something requires a lot of energy and effort to overcome. If the meaningful ideal to which we aspire isn’t deeply rooted enough, the roots of our current rut or routine will tend to keep us in place.
Conversely, if we are moving in the direction we desire, we need to guard against those “external forces” that are trying to derail us from the life we desire. Whether our desired direction is physical health, emotional well-being, relational success, or business/career/financial achievement, there are any number of those external forces that will pop up on a daily basis to bump us out of our “uniform motion in a straight line.”
Like Dory says in the movie Finding Nemo, “Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming.” Here’s a link to the video clip if you want a quick chuckle to encourage you in your momentum - https://youtu.be/0Hkn-LSh7es. We want to be one of those forces that help you maintain your positive momentum or overcome your negative inertia, so please put us to the test and let us know how we can help!
Make it a great week!
Scott Cousino, CFP®