Week 1: What Isaac Newton Understood About Success!


“A superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.”  – Confucius

Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1747) was a mathematician and physicist. He was so notable in his discoveries that many of the laws of physics we follow today were his. (Yes, most of our understanding of the world is based on ideas by a guy who has been dead for 300 years). That being said, much of Newton’s work is still very valid.

What does physics have to do with success? Newton’s first law of motion states that “An object at rest stays at rest, and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force.” Basically, objects tend to “keep on doing what they’re doing” unless something happens to make them change.


In fact, it is the natural tendency of objects to resist changes in their state of motion, and this is even more noticeable when the object is a rest. (This can be seen by how challenging it is to get out of bed on some mornings).

Another interesting thing about the law of motion is that it is often easier for an object to change direction when it is moving, than it is from a stand-still.  Starting a car takes more energy than turning the wheel once the car is moving.

This is often true of us as humans. Getting started is often the hardest part.  Often we get stuck at rest (not doing anything) because we don’t know what direction to go.

This week’s success tip is: Just start doing! Get busy and stay busy. Just take a step. Do ANYTHING to get moving. Yes, you may start in the wrong direction. But it is easier to simply course correct once you are in motion, than it is to start from rest. Remember, an object at rest stays at rest. This week, become an object in motion!


  1. Think about your priorities or a goal/achievement you are working towards.
  2. In you Success Log, list one (just one) action you can take every day this week in the direction of that goal.
  3. At the end of the week, use the weekly review process outlined in the About tab to review your progress.

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