“Our default response in life is not to experience happiness.”
“Our default response in life is not to experience meaning.”
“Our default response in life is to experience Inertia.”
— Marshall Goldsmith
In his excellent little book Mojo: How to Get It, How to Keep It, How to Get It Back if You Lose It, Marshall Goldsmith describes his solution to the problem of inertia. It seems simplistic, but I think in its simplicity lies its effectiveness and elegance.
Inertia is simply the process of continuing to do the same thing you are already doing.
The Two Question Discipline
Evaluate every activity with the following two questions:
- How much long-term benefit or meaning did I experience from this activity?
- How much short-term satisfaction or happiness did I experience in this activity?
The simple fact that you know you are going to be monitoring your activities by asking those two questions will make you more mindful and awake and alter your behavior. But you can take it further and ask yourself these questions before you act.
- How much long-term benefit or meaning am I going to experience from this activity?
- How much short-term satisfaction or happiness am I going to experience in this activity?
In that way you can alter the activity to get more satisfaction and benefit from it or you can refrain from doing it at all. You are changing your mindset and no longer defaulting to the inertia of continuing to do what you’ve been doing.
“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” — Albert Einstein
Simple, elegant, and effective.
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