The Star Wars franchise popularised the phrase “May the force be with you”. While few of us have a lightsaber under the bed, I reckon most of us know what it feels like when the forces of life are with or against us.
Sometimes those forces are like the wind, pushing us forward to where we want to go or pushing us backward away from our desired destination.
Then, there is a different kind of force. Imagine having a huge rubber band around you and trying to walk against it - this is a pulling force that holds us back or catapults us forward.
Sir Isaac Newton created three laws of motion. One of the most well-known one’s is ‘for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction’. When we encounter a force that feels like it’s working against us, our natural reaction is often to push or pull harder.
There is, however, an alternative. Ask yourself:
What kind of force am I dealing with here?
Is it pushing or pulling me backwards? In other words, is something behind you holding you back or is it something in front of you?
How could I stop fighting against that force and instead, use it to my advantage?
So I wonder. 🤔
What forces are acting on you right now? Sometimes just stopping to think about them can be enough to take some of the wind out of their sails.