How does one move beyond inertia? Is it strength of will, finding the motivation, or is there more to it? For the past two years I have felt as though a huge unidentified barrier exists when I think I’m ready to move forward. For all the plans I’ve made and all the things I think I want to change, I cannot find the internal strength to risk anything! I don’t consciously say "no, I can’t go there, do that, or whatever the case may be. I physically begin to feel nauseated and anxious and immobilized.
What seems like inertia is actually a dynamic interplay of opposing forces within one’s psyche. Motion is constant in the universe. Everything is always in continuous movement. The force of evolution compels life forward at all times. When we feel stuck or inert, what is happening is that part of us is trying to move forward and another part, usually fear, is pulling us back, with the net result being stagnation. The fear could be fear of change, fear of failure, fear of success, or almost any kind of fear of the future. Your symptoms of anxiety and nausea clearly indicate an underlying tension.
You need to understand the nature of this fear and then do the internal work to release it. Once the fear is identified and diffused, the natural flow of life will carry forward, you don’t need to find any additional source of strength. Trying to overcome this inertia with will power when there is unresolved emotional tension underneath will not work because the fear will also amass more power, and the standstill will remain. By clearing the fear, you will begin to take some steps forward and gain momentum again. It is not necessary to be completely free from the fear before you begin to act. The advice of “feel the fear and do it anyway”, applies to this stage, where your primary allegiance and strength has shifted to your conscious desires. Taking action not only gives you forward motion, but it helps you overcome the remaining fear.