Mechanical Efficiency and Friction
Machines cannot perform at their 100%. Scientists say that if there were no friction in our planet we could have achieved 100% of mechanical efficiency. Why do you think objects in space stay in motion unless an equal or greater force acts upon them? It’s because there’s no friction in space. For example, when you roll a ball in space, it will constantly roll unless an object bigger or of equal force stops it. Remember Newton’s Laws of Motion? On the other hand, if you roll a ball here on earth no matter how much strength you exerted to push it, it will eventually stop even if no force acts upon it. This is because of friction.
Friction and gravity are everywhere. This applies to everything that manifests itself as a matter. However, friction as we see it can be partly be overcame using different methods:
What if we apply these laws of nature in our lives? The goal is to achieve the 100% mechanical efficiency and to keep us to stay in motion – to move forward and to reach our desired destination. Imagine a life or a system that can operate with its hundred percent potential – or even just the 99%. Imagine what we can achieve.
What we need to do is to identify the things that cause friction in our lives, decide where we want to go, and optimize that system (the machine) that will keep us moving forward. This is the entire idea of SELF OPTIMIZATION. By optimizing our lives, we mean that we apply different methodologies and strategies to get the most out of our machines in life. Imagine these parallelisms:
- The Machine – is the way or system that you implement to achieve things. It could be a routine that you follow to pump you up in the morning. It could be the things that motivate you to perform. The machine is how you want to get things done – your achievement system.
- Friction – The friction in your life can be the problems that make your machine weak. For example, you already have an established routine and a schedule that would help you to keep on track with your daily responsibilities (in this situation your “routine and schedule” is your machine). However, you keep on procrastinating so you can’t truly engage to the commitments that you accommodate in your schedule. In this situation, your “friction” is your procrastination. It makes you underperform and it’s that one thing that you need to eliminate so your system can run smoothly.
- Destination – This is what your machine wants to reach or achieve. It can be your life goals, a problem that you want to solve, or a situation that you need to prevent. It’s up to you. Your destination is your end game.
It’s up to you on how you will eliminate the friction and how you can improve your machine. This is the concept of self-optimization. The aim is to continuously improve the pipelines, gears, and cogs of your machine for it to perform at its best and reach its 100% mechanical efficiency.
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