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For every reaction there is an equal and opposite reaction. These are the words coined by Isaac Newton. We typically equate these words with the laws of physics. But I know for a fact that these words do not just pertain to physics but they also pertain to your success in life.
- Have you ever felt like you were not getting anywhere in life?
- Do you ever wonder when your hard work will pay off?
- Do you every wonder why good things keep happening to other people but are not happening to you?
- Have you ever felt like you were stuck?
I know that feeling and can be daunting. I know that it can make you feel like you want to give up. But you always have to remember for every reaction there is an equal and opposite reaction.
If have answered yes to any of the above questions you need to first ask yourself. What is my output? Your output is the amount of time, energy, and effort you are putting in to get your input. Your input will be defined as your reward or what you are getting back.
Are you lazy?
I have met so many people who want to be an actor, rapper, or a singer. They may actually even have talent. But the areas in which they are lacking is there work ethic. There are thousands of people out here who want to act, rap, or sing; and only a select few make it. I have also seen that these same people expect for some miracle to just fall in their lap and poof like that, all their dreams of being a celebrity will come true.
Well it does work like that. Most people who achieve success are not lazy. It took hours and hours of hard work and being told no before they finally got somewhere. So in short, going off Isaac Newton’s law, if you put in a poor work performance, then you will get poor results. That is the input that you will get because that is the output that you put out, get it?
Let say that you are not lazy and that you put in the work, but all of a sudden you start to fall by the waist side. You may have seen some areas of success but that success is not long-term.
Have you ever seen a one hit wonder? A song that plays into our head over and over again but then once the craze is over we never hear from them again? That is because they put in all the hard work, and once they see the harvest of their hard work, they get paid, and they stop working as hard. As a result we see a people coming out with one hit, making money, spending it, and then ending up right back where they started.
That is because they already received the reaction from their hard work. They got the one hit. But to continue to see success you must continue to work so that you can get the same reaction.
Let’s say that you are the person that is always putting in hard work, you do not give up and you still have not seen the fruits of your labor.
To you I say this:
Are you doing the work to the best of your ability?
If by chance you are half completing things, do not want to take the time to perfect your craft, or even if you are working hard and your work is sloppy; then that is what reaction you are going to get. So instead perfect your craft, do your best at everything and sooner or later you will get an equal and opposite reaction.
If you are doing things your best then you need to reflect on your attitude or your personal appearance.
If you are trying to get cooperate job then show up to an interview with sweat pants and a t-shirt. Your output is not matching your input. You want a job in which you can wear suits. But you are not wearing a suit. You could kill the interview, but because all of you is not matching up to what you want, you have ruined your chances.
Reflect on your attitude.
No one will want to work with you or give you a chance if you are a hot mess and do not know how to act. For every reaction you will get an equal and opposite reaction. If you are standoffish toward people, then people will be standoffish to you.
If none of these applies to you and you are doing your best, then I offer you this encouragement:
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9
Sometimes some things just take longer than expected. But you cannot give up just because you get tired. If you do then you will not get the proper reaction. But know that if you do not faint, in due time your reaction will come and all of your hard work will pay off.