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Sunday homes: moving objects

Every neighborhood has one.

It’s the old man in his forties that we see running every day. He always comes out at the same time. He is often shirtless.

Chances are this guy didn’t start racing last year. Or a decade ago. Or even forty years back.

Chances are he started running in college. Or high school. And it hasn’t stopped for half a century.

According to a law of physics, an object at rest remains at rest, while an object in motion remains in motion.

According to another, it takes more energy to set an object in motion than to keep it moving.

There is a corollary in the laws of personal development that is just as universal and ironclad:

It’s much more difficult to start than to continue.

Starting a new behavior, sticking with it long enough for it to become habitual, is difficult. But once you do, once it becomes a normal, natural part of your life, it becomes easy. You can’t imagine do not I do it.

It takes a lot of force, a lot of fuel, for the rocket of personal change to escape the gravity of things as they are now. But once it does, it stays in orbit indefinitely. A perpetual motion machine.

There are implications to this law of life:

If you’re young, take advantage of the extra enthusiasm inherent in this stage and initiate the kind of habits your senior will thank you for.

If you’re older, when a flurry of “I-want-to-turn-a-new-leaf-!” energy appears – which happens less and less with age, but still happens – ride this wave for all it’s worth. You never know when it’s the last burst of brightness from a collapsing star.

Wherever you are, start. Start today.

So when you hit eighty, you’ll be the guy who’s still there. Hopefully shirtless.