Paralyzed or Galvanized?

When you encounter a bump in the road or when your plans are thwarted, you can either react passively and be paralyzed or respond actively and galvanize your thoughts and resources around your intentions.

For example, if you had an idea about how a project was going to work out and something goes amiss, say, a person who was going to help is no longer available or a tool you were planning to use breaks, you have a choice to make. You can either let it stop you or you can work quickly to rearrange things so that you don’t lose momentum.

If you lose enough momentum in enough small areas of living, your life will stop moving forward. People think it’s the big things that do them in, but it’s really the small ones. They pile up over time.

Remember this and you’ll make much better use of the inertia in the world you center.

8 thoughts on “Paralyzed or Galvanized?

  1. Kierney

    It really is the little things that make a difference. If we’re always stopped by the details, we’ll never have the satisfaction of seeing any project come to fruition. In fact, every single thing we do relates to details, regardless of what type of job you have – you could be a mechanic, singer, president or any other job – and your success all comes down to the details.

  2. Coco

    Momentum in any endeavor can be likened in business to having a silent partner who authorizes your financial draw. This partner isn’t apparent to others but they control the power of infusion at the right time. Without them there may be progress but it’s hard won, and in comparison,excruciatingly slow. Momentum relates to timing too. The old adage to “strike when the iron is hot” doesn’t just apply to the blacksmith!

  3. Zach

    When you make a decision such as this, no matter how small, it puts you down a path. You have taken a fork in the road. If you make the decision to be paralyzed, it takes you off the optimal path.
    While you might be able to take another fork later that takes you back to the original path, you have still wasted energy with the non-optimal decision. You can see, though, why making the wrong decision again and again will make it impossible to get back to where you should be. If you take enough forks in the wrong direction you are unlikely to make it back to the original road.

  4. Chuck Reddick

    Actually the joy in accomplishment resides in the details, not the end result. Just the sheer joy of building and building and building something of value is what brings some serious satisfaction.

    Of course there is great satisfaction in looking at a finished project, or in sales the earning of a particularly big client, but in all cases there was a great deal of ‘grunt’ work done to get there. And also in all cases, there is another great project to begin or another great new client to earn.

    The joy is in doing.

  5. Brad

    I like this analogy Gregg. It brings to mind cycling – the same principles apply. I recently had a “mechanical” when I was peddling uphill – basically my bike wouldn’t downshift – my “tool” had broken. I had a few options to quickly consider: hop off and push home, force the shifting once again, or stand up on the peddles and “power thru”. One thing was for certain, I wanted to take advantage of what forward momentum I had working for me. If I hop off I would certainly slow down, if I forced the shifting and it jammed then I’d have a completely broken tool and have lost momentum, or if I used a little more creative engineering and power I could likely keep my momentum and find myself on the other side of an otherwise long walk.
    I chose to “power thru”, and wouldn’t you know it, things worked out for the best.
    It’s amazing the resources we have within ourselves when we’re willing to just “dig a little deeper” or look at things from another angle.
    You’re right, paralysis, rarely comes as a result of one thing happening, it comes as a results of little choices building up over time. And the right choice is often an easy choice once it’s made.

    1. The answer is 3.
      There is a world of difference between making a decision and doing it.
      Finding a way to follow through is our job, there is a million excuses not to, if that’s what we’re looking for, and probably a million others to do so, if that’s what we’re looking for.
      This also highlights what has your heart has you, quite well.
      Thanks Gregg, well timed!

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