Inertia Mistakes

July 30th, 2015 — 5:30am

Organizations and relationships are like a big stone wheel that’s spinning. They have huge inertia in them. You must work hard for a long time to get them spinning well, and they keep spinning on their own for a while when we let go. There’s a lag time between effort and outcome.

Human nature tends to make mistakes around lag times. Thinking it will never get up to speed, we might not keep pushing hard on that heavy wheel when it’s new and not spinning very fast yet. Or we might neglect it after it gets going, assuming it will keep on spinning forever.

Keep your eyes on the future. Make sure you’re pushing in ways that help. Keep pushing the wheels that will lead to the outcomes you want.