My least favorite physics word is “inertia.”
Inertia is defined as, “Resistance or disinclination to motion, action, or change.”
Can you say, “Default mode?”
Most of us are allergic to motion, hate action, and resist change. It is easier to play it safe and stay comfortable. And so the downward pull sets in causing us to choose complacency over courage.
Inertia reminds me that it is easier to pull someone down than it is to pull them up. Picture someone standing on a chair and someone else standing on the floor. Who do you think wins that tug-of-war? No contest.
If you want to keep climbing the leadership mountain, forget about eliminating inertia. It will not happen. However, you can defeat inertia and reach the summit if you will keep moving, develop a bias for action, and embrace change.
Someone is counting on you to show up with energy, passion, and strength today and win the war against inertia.
Don’t let them down.
Randy is an author, speaker, executive coach, and the CEO of InteGREAT Leadership. He invests his time encouraging leaders around the world.