The flywheel

When you think about a combustion engine, firing cylinders and pistons come to mind. A crucial, yet lesser known part of an engine’s assembly is the flywheel.

The flywheel is a large rotating disc that is connected to an engine’s drive shaft. The role of the flywheel is to preserve momentum. The bursts of energy provided by the exploding cylinders are sudden and intermittent, while the engine’s output has to be continuous. The flywheel bridges this gap by storing energy and keeps the engine rolling between individual firings.

Inspiration comes to us much like firing cylinders – in sudden and intermittent bursts. But inspiration alone isn’t sustainable. It needs a flywheel.

A habit serves as a flywheel for our inspiration. It keeps our engine firing and helps us stay inspired.

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