Don’t Lose Your Momentum
Life is like a race track and you’re the race car. The most effective way around the race track is to wisely use your momentum, and be careful to not lose it. You never see a race car driver completely stop before a sharp corner. They go around the track using the car’s momentum as much as they can. One of the most difficult things in life is recovering from lost momentum. In spite of the many curve balls that came with the Covid-19 interruptions, don’t allow yourself to lose it until you get the results that you are seeking. Now is the time to assess where you are and take advantage of those things that you do well and make the necessary adjustments to maintain momentum as you move forward.
So how do you keep the momentum when you have started off well? How do you keep away the bad old habits of yesteryear and how do you motivate yourself to continue with the new good habits you have resolved to adopt? How do you maintain the stamina and pace as the path meanders with rocky twists and turns in the course of the year? How do you maintain a steadfast gaze towards the finish line when the track is no longer clear and the rays of the sun come into your eyes? How do you shield your body from the contrary winds and weather elements pelting against your body along the track? Is it possible to keep your pace when the crowd is not cheering you on and your opponents are hurling verbal and physical missiles towards you? Who do you turn to when you miss the direction arrows that point to the next lap in your marathon towards a significant life?
Momentum relates to the strength or force that allows something to continue or to grow stronger or faster as time passes. Sadly, sustaining success seems to be the great challenge of our generation. Every generation has taken on some great cause and left its mark on history. Is it possible that we can make the central focus of this generation the search for ways to build on past successes and increase momentum toward our desired outcomes? This is just as important for individuals and families as it is for organizations and for society as a whole. Why can we not set a goal to continually improve our results and maintain positive momentum throughout the year? Why can we not let go of the idea that we have to fall backward in order to climb higher? Why can we not steadily move up the mountain in our personal and professional lives? We need to believe that we have the resources for sustaining success that we can turn to over and over again. In doing so, we can successfully build on our earlier achievements and continually improve our performance and results.
Without a clear and compelling purpose for doing what you are doing in any aspect of your life it is unlikely that you will maintain the energy necessary to continually improve your results. The fundamental question you need to answer is, “Why am I doing what I am doing? What is the purpose behind my activity?” If you cannot find a compelling reason for doing what you are doing, you need to move on to an area that fits much better with your purpose. Your strengths and your passions are a big part of your engine for generating sustainable success. Be sure to be highly aware of what you are good at doing and what you are passionate about. Then spend as much of your time and your energy as you can, using your strengths and your passions to fulfil your purpose and drive better results.
To leverage momentum, I recommend that you use a physical calendar, where you mark off each day when you’ve done your most important task. After a few days you’ll have a chain. Just keep at it and the chain will grow longer every day. You’ll like seeing that chain, especially when you get a few weeks under your belt. Your only job next is to not break the chain.
By creating and riding on momentum, create a new behaviour pattern. The more momentum you have, the more things you get done. It’s like habit or success stacking, the energy of momentum always feeds on itself. This principle holds true in almost every pursuit — academics, business, relationships, self-improvement, etc. Actions create momentum, and momentum creates results.
Creating momentum in your life takes increasing the things that move you forward and decreasing those that hold you back. We have habits and repeat cycles to overcome. But by creating momentum, we can move past those and move toward the life we want. Momentum, by its nature, requires a lot of upfront push to get the ball rolling so you need to eliminate your energy drainers and recharge yourself continually.
When you lose momentum, you become vulnerable to distraction. If you have a goal, stay on it. If you let your foot of the gas pedal you are taking the risk of never achieving it. In the words of Toni Sorenson, I challenge you to make your life the masterpiece you want to paint, the novel you want to read, and the day you want to wake to. Here is to a powerful wrap up to a 2020 that is filled with purpose and significance in every area of your life!