Newton’s Laws of Motion and Self-Development


In 1686, Sir Isaac Newton presented his three laws of motion in the “Principia Mathematica Philosophiae Naturalis”. Each law describes how motion is created and maintained. I use the three laws to indicate how you need to get yourself moving towards an unstoppable life.

First Law: Wake Up!—–Newton’s 1st Law of Motion

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.                                           — T. S. Eliot

Newton’s first law–An object at rest will stay at rest and an object in motion will continue to move at a constant speed in its original direction, unless acted upon by an external force. This law is often called “the law of inertia”.

His first law states that every object remains at rest or in unchanging motion in a straight line unless compelled to change its state by the action of an external force. Notwithstanding motion, the object will not and cannot transform its state except an external force is applied.

How does this apply to your life? You will continue to live in your comfort zones or inert spaces until some external or unbalanced force is employed that make you want to grow and develop.

Reflect on whether you are taking your talents, skills, and abilities for granted and are in danger of future failure due to complacency. This external force could be a strong desire to grow your skills in order to be more competitive in the work place, it could be a robust goal for a better in life, or it could be a mentor who is challenging you to reinvent yourself.

Why is this important in your life? Your life will deteriorate and decay until you overcome inertia. You need to take your life off cruise control and engage life. You need to take action to get out of your comfort zone or the good enough zone. You can change who you are by continuously reinventing yourself.


Second Law: Get Moving!—–Newton’s 2nd Law of Motion

Newton’s second law–When a force acts on an object, the object accelerates in the direction of the force. This means that objects with more mass requires more force to move the same distance as lighter objects.

How does this apply to your life? The longer that you have lived in your comfort zones and allowed yourself to stagnate, it will require more energy from you to change your life.

The energy required to change needs to be more than your desire to stay in your comfort zone. It will require hard work, persistence and perseverance to move from the “as is” to the “to be”.

The first step of action is the hardest and the most important. There is no time to waste another moment of your lifetime in a state of flux. After you have started your growth and development, you will need to increase your enthusiasm and energy or momentum to keep yourself moving forward.

Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan ‘Press On’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.                                                      Calvin Coolidge


Third Law: No Pressure, No Diamonds—Newton’s 3rd Law of Motion

No pressure, no diamonds…………Thomas Carlyle

Newton’s third law –For every action there is an equal and opposite re-action. It means that for every force there is an equal but opposite reactionary force that is equal in size. What does this mean in your growth and development? It means as you change and grow the world will push back on you, in the opposite direction equally hard as hard as you press forward. Life has a way of creating pressure on your life as you move forward.

Persistence and perseverance are the sine qua non of Newton’s third law. You need to keep pressing forward and pushing back on the World. Persistence and perseverance are the abilities to maintain action despite the chaos. You press on even when you feel like quitting. Thomas Carlyle the Scottish philosopher and writer said “No pressure, no Diamonds”.

The name diamond is derived from the ancient Greek word Adámas or unconquerable. Diamonds are created by high temperatures and high pressure as it moves in the Earth. Your unstoppable life is created by the same creative efforts of the World.

You keep persisting and persevering towards an unstoppable life, the world will continue to press back and to try to make you stop. Life will try to push you back into your comfort zones or inertia. You must continue to push back. If you want immense results then be ready and energized to encounter immense challenges and pressures. Keep pressing back, keep pressing forward, and keep your eye on the prize. Be like the diamond and become unstoppable.


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