Activation energy is a concept in chemistry. It basically states that a reaction must overcome a certain barrier in energy in order to get started, and often then, it requires less energy to keep going.
(And I wouldn’t be surprised if I am badly butchering this.)
But, it’s a common concept in everyday situations too.
One of the hardest things in life to do is to get started on something, whether that be a project, a new class, a relationship, a job search, or a new hobby.
Once you get started, it is sometimes easier to continue and do more with it.
During the summer, I wanted to edit my job search materials so as to have them ready to send out in early September.
I puttered around with editing them during my vacation in Lincoln, and nibbled at them during the rest of August, finally getting a rough draft done near the end of the month.
Though I heeded some of the feedback and revised, I sought more feedback and revised some more. I could have sent out some applications in mid-September, but for some reason waited until yesterday.
But, now that I have sent out the first few applications, it will make it much easier (mentally) for me to persist with more applications. It’s going to be a good evening activity at home.
As an old proverb says, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” And that single step is sometimes the hardest one to take!
Today is the fourth day of the sixth round of O.C.T.O.B.E.R.
Green Bay/St. Norbert: 30 days
Minneapolis: 37 days
Lincoln: 80 days