Marshall Goldsmith On How to Prevent Inertia in Your Life
Inertia from the West may have allowed Russia to believe it could act with impunity in invading Ukraine. Marshall Goldsmith shows how to move beyond inertia.
A default response in life is inertia
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In a blog post about the negative effects of inertia, adapted from his new book, The Earned Life, the renowned leadership coach and bestselling author Marshall Goldsmith discusses how much easier it is for people to do nothing than to change.
Goldsmith writes, “Our default response in life is not to experience meaning or happiness. Our default response is to experience inertia. We think of inertia as the state of being inert or motionless. It’s not. Inertia is an active event in which we are persisting in the state we’re already in rather than switching to something else.” Western inertia may have helped create the situation that led Russia to invade Ukraine. Goldsmith shows how to fight against inertia and take action.
Many observers are now realizing that one of the unforeseen causes of the Russian war in Ukraine has been the inertia in the West over earlier Russian aggressions. Shocking atrocities in Ukraine have awakened Western consciences to war crimes and crimes against humanity — and human rights abuses. This comes after years when Western observers downplayed Russia’s records on human rights, due to complacency and inertia that the status quo would remain.
This has been proved wrong. Inertia cannot ward off the problems of good and evil that nations now face.
In The Earned Life Goldsmith uncovers the source of today’s existential crises, including regrets that stem from choices that irrevocably alter our lives, reroute destinies, and haunt our memories. These are particularly timely themes today.
With Goldsmith’s book as a guide, readers can close the gap between what they plan to achieve and what they actually get done—even in a world full of inescapable unfairness and curveballs—and live an earned life that is fulfilling in the long run.
You can read Marshall Goldsmith’s blog here.
About MARSHALL GOLDSMITH
Marshall Goldsmith has been recognized for years as the world’s leading executive coach and the New York Times bestselling author of many books, including What Got You Here Won’t Get You There, Mojo, and Triggers. He received his Ph.D. from the UCLA Anderson School of Management. In his coaching practice, Goldsmith has advised more than 200 major CEOs and their management teams. He and his wife live in Nashville, Tennessee.
About THE EARNED LIFE
In THE EARNED LIFE (Currency Books), Marshall Goldsmith uncovers the source of today’s existential crisis: regret, the kind stemming from choices that irrevocably alter our lives, reroutes destinies, and haunts our memories—particularly timely themes as the pandemic and Great Resignation inspire people to seek meaning in their lives, get unstuck and make changes. With this book as their guide, readers can close the gap between what they plan to achieve and what they actually get done—even in a world full of inescapable unfairness and curveballs—and live an earned life too fulfilling to dwell on the “what ifs.”
If you’d like more information on Marshall Goldsmith, The Earned Life, and his work, please get in touch with Lyda Goldsmith.