On a long enough timeline even the weakest or slowest of forces can move mountains. Take the tectonic plates for example, which move so slowly that a person can go an entire lifetime without noticing a difference in the world.
However, extend that person’s life by a few million years and you will get a different story.
The first time this lesson really hit home was while visiting the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve in Colorado.
With high mountain ranges on one side and a far-reaching plain on the other, the last thing you really expect to see would be sand dunes, some reaching heights of 750 ft.
After doing some researching though, this is a perfect situation for sand dunes to form, with a sandy dried up area on one side and an object blocking the way on the other side. After that, all it takes is some wind and time.
Nature is moving the furniture around all the time, never being the satisfied with the way the couch sits next to the lamp or how Dad’s old recliner blocks the pathway to the kitchen.
Sinking to the Bottom
But while those particles are always moving, given enough time they will eventually get covered, and covered, and covered some more. All this covering, along with diagenesis, causes those loose and separate particles to consolidate and form rock.
There they stay stuck, being buried deeper and deeper by more and more layers, until its many years until they are uprooted again.
These particles share more with our humanity than you think.
Movement Is Key
In order to grow as a person and be the successful one you want to be, movement must be your most basic goal each day.
This movement does not merely mean physically moving, although that is exactly what it means if your goal is fitness related. Movement in this sense is a development, a deviation from the beaten path that in some way leads you to greater things.
Take some time to draw a map of your day on a piece of paper. Note the important landmarks: Your home, your workplace, the store, etc. How often do you stray from these landmarks, for any reason? My guess is hardly ever. If you were an objective watchmen up in the sky, watching a dot on the land move back and forth, you may conclude that the dot is a creature of unbreakable habit or maybe even a robot, unable to do anything other than it’s intended programming.
Now extend this map to your mind. When a problem rears its ugly head, do you always go towards the same solution? When someone disagrees with you do you merely write them off as fools and continue your own line of thought?
Do you always walk the same path whether it be where you go or what you think? Then be prepared to be buried by the other layers, the sediment, the rubble.
The sediment that gets stuck under everything else eventually attaches to it and becomes rock. A person’s life can end up the same so easily.
As you grow, you grow into your own person with your own beliefs, ideas, talents, etc. So many goals though depend on the ability to have some things stay stable in your life (family, home). Without that stable foundation many goals are doomed to be failed.
But finding stable environments makes you run the risk of becoming comfortable, of sticking to the easiest path. So you begin to become more and more like that sediment, hardening up over time.
When you lose sight of your goals you begin to harden up.
When your reactions to problems begin to become the same no matter the problem, you are hardening up.
When you only pay attention to those things that reinforce your beliefs, you harden up.
And when you let all the unimportant things pile over you, you harden up.
You get buried by the rubble, by all the small things, and given enough time they press down on you. They press down so often and so hard that eventually the chance of you becoming unstuck is nil.
It would take something massive and emotional, like imminent death, to tear you from this existence.
Taking Advantage of Habit
Habits are both blessings and curses. On one hand they allow us to progressively work towards certain goals by putting in a bit of work each day.
But taken too far, habits become ruts. You get stuck in them, merely doing the same actions because it is the easiest for you, no matter how much you need to change in order to grow.
This is why it important to think of habits as occupying different levels.
When you solidify the habits at the lower levels, it allows you to stand on the solid foundation and reach even higher goals.
Form good sleeping and eating habits and your health improves. When your health improves you can improve your work habits. Improving your work habits improves what you accomplish which improves things further and further down the road.
Instead of being buried, you use this natural occurrence to your advantage, as a ladder to success.
Stand Atop the Pile
Don’t let yourself harden up in pursuit of your goals. Accomplishing more meaningful goals is determined by your ability to change and respond to new stimuli, which allows you to grow and flourish.
Letting yourself harden up will only ensure your burial by the meaningless things in life.
When you stay mobile you stay above the rubble and rise to new heights.