Now that we have established the fundamentals of dynamics through Newton’s Laws, we can apply them to a variety of physical situations in our everyday life. I would like to focus my attention on the sophisticated level of the application of the laws of motion. What do we need to know about Newton’s Laws of Motion in order to benefit from them on the way to our personal empowerment?
The First Newton’s Law states that things at rest will remain at rest unless acted upon by an external unbalanced force. In particular, it means, dreams and ambitions will remain dreams and ambitions unless the external force is applied to them. The external force is realized in the form of concrete steps of changing your mindset, taking action, efforts and work.
Many people dream about better life but they refuse to take any action (finding millions of excuses). Expecting a change relying on chance opportunities without applying any force, ultimately contradicts the fundamental law of nature.
The second part of the First Law says that objects have a tendency to maintain their velocity unless acted on by unbalanced force. It means, if people have desire to change, but continue doing what they have been doing all their lives, it is highly unlikely that their expectations will be met.
“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”. ~Albert Einstein.
The velocity (speed and direction) of their lives will remain the same unless they choose a different way of living their lives. Nothing will help to get the ball rolling unless action.
“Ideation without execution is nothing more than delusion.” Robin Sharma.
You might have all these fantastic ideas, but they will stay only ideas unless you execute them. It all starts with the first little step, which creates momentum, motivation and determination to keep going until mission is accomplished.
The Second Newton’s Law reveals that the effect of a force is proportional to its size. Acceleration is produced when a force acts on a mass. The greater the mass of the object being accelerated the greater the amount of force is needed. Heavier objects require more force to move the same distance as lighter objects.
If we refer this law to the realm of the personal power, it is clear that a big force has a big effect and small force has a small effect. If you want to succeed in any sphere of life, you need to show up more, take more chances, learn from mistakes, build the frustration tolerance, and never quit trying no matter what. That is how we build the essential winner’s edge quality – the strength and resilience of our character.
There is extreme value in making mistakes, because that is how we find out about the ways and methods that don’t work. We need to understand that making big changes in our lives requires a massive amount of effort. Through trial and error we climb on top. This statement is supposed to elucidate the eternal meaning of life, which is realized through movement. And movement is not possible without application of force.
“In essence, if we want to direct our lives, we must take control of our consistent actions. It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently.” Tony Robbins
However, application of the massive force in order to gain a desirable result can give rise to a destructive all-to-nothing thinking. The assumption behind the second law of motion is that to do something big you need something big: massive willpower, loads of money or a position of influence.
This notion has been instilled in the western thinking and is regarded as fact. It is a true fact, yet it might turn off the enthusiasm of those who are not hard-driven and willing to work 18-hour days. The effect of thinking this way dismisses the value of small steps and individual actions as they are viewed as a waste of time.
People are afraid to take even the first step, because the final goal seems so big and unachievable. People refusing to believe in their own power get intimidated by their grand dreams, which explains the reluctance to take action. This limited pattern of thinking blocks people from taking action and making progress.
In 1979, Edward Lorenz presented a paper about chaos theory to the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The title was: “Does the flap of a butterfly’s wings in Brazil set off a tornado in Texas?” According to his research, a change in starting point as small as a butterfly flapping its wings could lead to a weather disturbance as big as a tornado. The small change became amplified over time, leading the weather to go off in a completely different track. The flapping wing represents a small change in the initial condition of the system, which causes a chain of events leading to large-scale alterations of events. The butterfly effect is quite inspiring, when tiny changes have massive consequences.
Just like life is learned through opposite notions, butterfly effect and Newton’s Second Law provide the contrasting views about the results of action. However, it is true in both approaches, that without action there won’t be any result.
The importance of a butterfly effect is that it offers a perspective that helps you find your power. Each effort contributes to something larger and it may only be later that you see how a decision made in a moment sets off the sequence of events that leads to much bigger changes.
The Second Law of Motion can bring faster results, yet there is a risk in application of a tremendous force having high expectations. If something goes wrong or does not work out (and pitfalls are inevitable no matter how prepared you are), it might break a person’s spirit and enthusiasm and it might be very hard to recover after a failure. Making mistakes while taking small actions is not as devastating.
Whatever path and approach you decide to choose realizing your dreams, it is essential to take action, it is natural to make mistakes, but it is important to learn from failures and it is crucial to keep going forward. Action, force, persistence, frustration tolerance and never-ceasing motivation are the ingredients of success.
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