Have you ever been heading in one direction, chatting away and suddenly found yourself somewhere unexpected?
You could ask yourself this question about a time you may have been merrily following the crowd, walking or driving on a motorway, OR you could ask this question in relation to your health and wellbeing.
Merrily going through life and suddenly realising you were overweight, are heading for burn-out, hate your job, addicted to your phone or have no relationship with your spouse and kids?
I believe, in the same way, that no-one ever sets out to find themselves in a different location than they intended, no one sets out to become overweight, burnout, or starts a career they know won’t fulfil them. No-one intends for their phones to feel like an extra limb, for their job to rob them of their family, or to grow apart from the people they love the most. But it happens. More often than we would like.
The law of momentum goes something like… “everything will continue on its current path unless something else pulls or pushes it off that path” (Sorry if I’ve offended any physics experts with my naive explanation!).
This means, once we set out on a path, in theory, we should stay on that path indefinitely! That’s a little like what we see when we watch astronauts float around in space. So why don’t see that here on earth?
Because there are usually other forces at play at the same time. On earth, we have gravity which is a force that is always pulling us towards the ground. This may seem like a strange concept, but if we take a second to stop and think about it, we’ve learned to overcome it from only a few weeks old as we learn to hold the weight of our head up, and every day since, use our muscles to create counter forces that push and move us up and on when we need to.
Now, we simply take adjusting for gravity for granted – Can you think of the last time you stopped to think about the effect gravity was having as you went about your day?
We rarely notice many of the forces occurring every day that subtly distract and pull us off course, even by one degree. One tiny degree from 360 degrees off course might not seem like much, but if a rocket was launched into space only 1 degree off in its flight path, it could miss the moon by around 6,700km! That’s twice the diameter of the moon itself!
We tend to only notice the sudden effects of outside forces when they seem to come in suddenly, and from no-where, for example two cars coming from opposite directions in a head-on collision, a heart attack, type 2 diabetes or a cancer diagnosis, or we eventually notice the cumulative effect after a period of time.
The only way to prevent us from ending up somewhere we’d rather not is to stop and check our current “flight path” regularly.
If you want to be intentional about anything, try doing these 5 steps!
- Start with the end in mind; Ask yourself, if you could move your life forward by 10 years, what would you want it to look like?
- Check your current co-ordinates; If you continue ‘going with the flow’, where you are currently heading?
- Is that where you intended to head?
- If there is a difference? Try and identify what force is pulling you off course and make adjustments accordingly.
- Rinse and repeat regularly.
Being intentional about these steps will mean you can’t go too far off course before you notice, and can then choose to make adjustments.
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