It uses half to just get going [Don’t we all?]

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I heard the other day that a space rocket uses 95% of its fuel to ‘break orbit’.

You know – get off the ground and into space where it will use much less to pootle round.

I did, of course, fact check this.

It’s not quite right – more like a third to a half.

Give or take, dependant on the rocket and, of course, how far it’s going.

It’s a lot though isn’t it?

Half the energy used in the first few minutes of a number of days or weeks.

A fraction of a single percentage of the total time.

The getting going.

Overcoming that inertia.

“a property of matter by which it continues in its existing state of rest or uniform motion in a straight line, unless that state is changed by an external force”

Or;

“a tendency to do nothing or to remain unchanged”

Once we feel we’ve got going at anything, that next bit is a little bit easier.

The next bit easier still.

On average.

Whether we’ve “stopped” for years or just a few days.

Getting going again can feel the hardest bit.

But it’s always worth remembering that have never really stopped.

Exercise is just movement.

We never stopped moving for any length of time.

Eating better is just eating.

We never stopped that for all that long.

It will get easier the more of those different choices we make, sure.

But it’s probably not as hard to “course correct” right now as we’re telling ourselves.

We don’t need that massive use of energy that it feels like we do.

Much love,

Jon ‘SpaceX’ Hall

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Jon Hall

When not helping people to transform their lives and bodies, Jon can usually be found either playing with his kids or taxi-ing them around. If you'd like to find out more about what we do at RISE then enter your details in the box to the right or bottom of this page or at myrise.co.uk - this is the same way every single one of the hundreds who've described this as "one of the best decisions I've ever made" took their first step.