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Newton’s Laws of Motion for Success in Everyday Life


Do the laws of physics have any bearing on the way we live our lives, and can they actually help us achieve success in different spheres of life? Although we normally associate these laws of motion with the movement of physical objects in relation to concepts such as gravity, the lesson that each law carries can be extended to the manner in which we make decisions as well. Newton’s laws signify a continued state of harmony in nature; that everything is in one way connected to everything else. By applying these laws to our daily life, perhaps we can also find balance, harmony and tranquility in our lifestyle and relationships.

Newton’s First Law: “A body stays in a state of rest or of uniform motion unless acted upon by an external force.”

Success does not come without action; the first step is to push yourself towards your goals.

The first law basically postulates that for any object to be in motion, an external force must be applied to bring it out of a continual state of inertia; for something to happen, some other action has to come first. If you just let a ball lie on floor, what would happen? It would remain in that state until something touched it and made it move.

A similar situation is presented to us in life: it’s one thing to have dreams and goals, but quite another to take definitive action. To achieve your goals, you have to be ready to go out of your comfort zone and take action.

Newton’s Second Law: “The rate of change of momentum of body is proportional to the force applied and is in the direction of the applied force.”

Your mental and emotional state determine your effort and eventual success. Where you put energy, you will have progress.

This law states that for an action or event to take place, two things are important: mass and force. The way an object will move will depend on the amount of force applied and the direction in which it is applied, keeping in mind the weight of the object. Hence, the amount of force is determined by the weight you are carrying and by how fast you are moving. If you want a higher rate of change of momentum, you apply more force.

There are two things to keep in mind when applying this lesson to your life; firstly, what kind of ‘weight’ you are carrying? What things are holding you back and slowing you down? Conversely, what kinds of things strengthen and bolster your progress? The second thing to keep in mind is that motion/progress happens where you expend your energy. Focus on the crucial things you want to change and have a clear direction for your progress. Progress will not happen without your time and energy.

Newton’s Third Law: “Every action has an equal and opposite reaction.”

Do not expect the path to be free of complications. Success requires patience.

The force with which a punching bag is hit is equal to the amount of force with which it makes its return swing to its original position. This law is perhaps one of the simplest to understand, yet it can be extremely tricky in application. In daily life, there are multiple facets to this law. It could represent karma/reciprocity of thought and action, in that for every good deed we commit we receive the same amount of goodness from others. Another way to look at it is that for every action we attempt, we should expect some barriers in our path. Success and satisfaction are achieved when we are able to deal with challenges and problems and prepare ourselves for any forces that may clash against us, head-on.