A TIP FROM THE GREATEST PHYSICIST EVER


“What does the greatest physicist of all time say?

First off, who was the greatest physicist of all time? I say Isaac Newton. My opinion. Up there with Einstein. Why? Well, he discovered gravity, invented calculus, and built the telescope. Not bad! And did he believe in the Do Circle? Absolutely.

He explained it best in his First Law of Physics. ‘An object in motion will remain in motion unless acted on by a larger force.’

Put it another way: Start doing something? You’ll continue.

Why? Because motivation doesn’t cause action. Action causes motivation.”

Neil Pasricha from The Happiness Equation

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See Also:The Happiness Equation: Want Nothing + Do Anything = Have Everything

This is from a chapter on “Secret #7: How to Turn Your Biggest Fear into Your Biggest Success” in which Neil introduces us to his “Do Circle.”

Do Circle? Yep. Do Circle.

Too often we think that doing something moves from thinking we can do something + we want to do it and then we do it.

Like this: CAN DO —> WANT TO DO —> DO

Such that, if we don’t think we can do it and/or don’t “feel like” it in the moment, we can’t do it.

Neil challenges that notion and says it’s more like a circle with no endpoint. You can start doing something and THAT doing leads to a sense of “can do” + “want to do” that creates a ton of momentum and keeps you going.

See also: START BEFORE YOU’RE READY!

HUGE distinction that we come back to in different ways throughout these blog posts. In fact, I took a break reading this book yesterday to watch a real-time interview ofTal Ben-Shahar (one of the world’s leading positive psychologists) about his book Choose the Life You Want.

In the interview chat, the interviewer asked him to tell us more about this Idea from his book. He asserts: “Fortunately, the research into procrastination has also identified practical ways that can help overcome the tendency to procrastinate. The single most important technique is called ‘the five-minute takeoff.’ It consists, simply, of starting to do the thing you have been putting off, no matter how little you feel like doing it. Procrastinators often believe that to do something one has to truly want to do it—to be in the right mood, to feel inspired. This is not the case. Usually, to get the job done, it is enough merely to begin doing it—the initial action kick-starts the process and often brings about more action.”

See also:  5 KEY WAYS TO CANCEL PROCRASTINATION FOR GOOD!

Tal said that this was one of the Biggest Ideas he’s implemented in his life—sharing that, although he loves to write and gets paid to do so, MOST mornings (!!) he doesn’t *feel* like it.

But (IMPORTANT “but”)… He just gets started—KNOWING that his feelings will follow his behavior. As he said: “Action leads to inspiration at least as much as inspiration leads to action.” We DO *then* we feel like doing. Just getting started with something creates the momentum that KEEPS us going. But… If we wait till we feel like it, we may never do anything.

This is one of the Biggest Ideas we’ll ever explore.

Thank you, Neil and thank you, Sir Newton.

P.S. We also lean into this Idea in Stephen Guise’s great book Mini Habits. If you haven’t explored that book yet, get on it.

 

Here is to learning from the physicists and drilling the practical wisdom to work: have an amazing month ahead!

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