The Power of Momentum

Momentum. Do you know what it means?

Momentum signifies the force gained by a moving object.

Momentum is power – Momentum is energy, it is strength.

Today we’re going to discuss Momentum and why it is so important in being successful. You probably already know that this world is constantly moving, our planet is rotating around the sun and it never ever stops moving.

This is why earth is the way we know it. It has gained momentum and can’t be stopped now. If we want to be successful in our daily business we have to build momentum too.

Momentum will minimize our chances of stopping or quitting. It will diminish the risk of giving up due to lost interest. With momentum, any roadblock that is in front of us can be crushed easily.

Let’s take a look at a very specific example of how momentum works:

Imagine a Train. It is standing at the train station, waiting to start its journey. There are several wagons attached to the locomotive of this train and all of them need the power of the locomotive to get moving. You are the driver for this train and are now getting ready to enter your vehicle. You know that getting the train rolling will cost a lot of energy and effort; even the slightest piece of wood could stop you from driving away. But you also know that once your train is moving, it is unstoppable. No obstacle would be strong enough to stop this train from moving when it is in full drive. The only way to stop it is if you decide to slow it down. You are in full control of that train and you are the one deciding IF it can be stopped. Momentum is your friend and accompanies you on your voyages as a train driver. And the same can be said about our lives. We are in the driving seat of our life and we are the ones deciding how fast we go. Nothing can stop us, if we don’t allow it to do so.

Momentum is neutral, we influence if it is positive or negative

Now you can probably imagine how powerful Momentum actually is.

Our example with the train shows us that momentum is immensely powerful and if it is rolling full-steam it is unstoppable.

We can utilize Momentum in both positive and negative ways. Therefore, we should be very careful about how and where to build momentum. It can work for us or against us.

I’d rather want momentum to work for me – how about you?

Momentum that works for us can be built in many aspects of our lives.

Maybe you want to earn more money, maybe you want to know more people or maybe you want to eat healthier.

It doesn’t really matter WHAT it is that we want to build momentum for. More important is WHY and HOW we build momentum.

First, think of a certain part of your life that you want to change. Think about WHAT is bothering you and HOW you would like it to be. Then come up with WHY you want to change it.

After you’ve done this, you can think about ways to build momentum towards it.

If you want to earn more money, build momentum in learning income-generating skills. If you want to have more influence, build momentum in connecting to people. If you want to live healthier, build momentum in making vital food choices.

Unfortunately, what we just looked at also applies to negative momentum.

We probably are all guilty for having built some negative momentum in certain aspects of our lives. We are not perfect and we make mistakes.

A lot of negative momentum we have built, however, comes from the outside. Our School System is a huge builder of negative momentum because it teaches us to avoid making mistakes. Making mistakes is punished at school and therefore we are trained on avoiding mistakes.

This is negative momentum, we start building it at a young age and once it is running it is hard to stop it.

But it is not impossible! We can start to embrace mistakes. We can start to appreciate what mistakes are teaching us. Only if we fail we can take valuable lessons from something.

Remember that falling down is an option, staying down is a choice!

Building Momentum is difficult, Keeping Momentum is easy

Our example from above has shown us that it is pretty difficult to build momentum.

Once momentum is there, it is very easy to maintain it.

You can also imagine this by thinking about pushing a car by hand. You’ll have to put in all your energy and effort if you want it to move even the slightest bit. However, if the engine starts and the car gets rolling, it takes no more effort from you anymore. You can now easily sit back and let the car do all the hard work.

That is how Momentum works. It needs effort, energy, and dedication to be built. If we don’t give it our all, it will probably never really start rolling.

We could try to build momentum halfheartedly but it won’t change anything.

The engine won’t start without any effort. This is why it is utterly important to give 110% when it comes to building momentum. Once it is there, we can reduce our efforts – but never stop them. An airplane takes the most amount of its fuel when it is taking off.

Once it is in the air, the amount of energy and fuel it needs is only a fraction of that from leaving the ground.

The Secret Ingredient : Discipline

After you’ve successfully built momentum at anything, you’ll notice that what you once feared and loathed has become a simple routine for you.

If for example, you wanted to build momentum in exercising more, then the hardest part would have been at the very start. The first couple of days going to the gym would have been the hardest and most challenging. After a couple of weeks have passed by, you start to adapt to your new routine. Some more month have passed and what was once a challenge is now childs play.

It can however happen that sometimes you still lack the ambition or appetite to actually get up and get your stuff done.

This is when discipline has to kick in. Discipline is the secret ingredient when it comes to keeping momentum up. The easy thing is, that once you have built momentum it only takes a small amount of discipline to overcome your inner bastard.

To simplify the meaning of discipline we can look at it as nothing more than a set of expectations towards something.


Let me know in the comments section below where YOU want to build momentum!


“Almost any decision is better than no decision — just keep moving.” – Danielle LaPorte

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18 thoughts on “The Power of Momentum

  1. Linus Udochukwu Marvellous says:

    Oh, you just gave me a push and encouragement through your article. Anytime I hear the word momentum, I always relate it to physics but your article just showed me another meaning of it and how it can be applied aside physics. I never for once thought about momentum being applied in business but today, I know better and will work on it accordingly. Thanks so much for the eye opener.

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    1. Simon says:

      Hi Linus,

      Thank you! I feel very happy that I could give you a push and make you think differently. Momentum is key in our daily undertakings of advancing, it is even more important than the results. I hope you get a lot of positive momentum in your future businesses! God Bless you.

      Best Regards

      Simon

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  2. Olalekan Taliat says:

    A negative mindset always build a negative Momentum. I have always given myself that extra push to move on for a greater success. Though it had always work for me but an object can only generate a lasting momentum, if such momentum is derived from an innate or external force. Newton third law of motion sates ” An object will continue to be in a state of rest or uniform accelerated motion unless acted on by an external force”. This simply mean you are the architect of your on success or failure. We all need a good momentum in every aspect of our lives. Thank for the insightful post

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    1. Simon says:

      Hi Olalekan,

      It’s interesting how laws of physicality correlate with our thoughts as well, isn’t it? I like your attitude, it tells me you are a mindful person and pay close attention to the way you think. You’re absolutely right about the fact that we are the architects of our own success or failure. May God bless you with lots of success! Thanks for the comment.

      Best Regards

      Simon

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  3. Michel says:

    This is a really clever look at momentum, both when it comes to locomotives, and then comparing it with our own momentum in our lives and how we should use it to our advantage.

    Just like a train, it is difficult to build up momentum, but once you have it going it gets easier to keep it going. And you are right that this can only happen when you are disciplined.

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    1. Simon says:

      Hi Michel,

      Thanks for your comment. It indeed is difficult to build momentum but with discipline, we can do it – then it is only a question of dedication to keep it up. Getting started is always the hardest part of something, when he have started we can run with less effort. May Your Momentum be fortunate!

      Best Regards

      Simon

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  4. Divine13 says:

    Hello. This is a great article. This explains why most sporting teams like soccer teams tend to continue winning once they have started winning. Momentum brings confidence and we know that confidence is essential to bring successful. I totally agree with this article and will adopt some of the tips here. 

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    1. Simon says:

      Interesting comparison you’re drawing there to sporting teams. A sports team will be more likely to succeed with good momentum and as you’ve stated momentum does build confidence which leads to more success – it is a positive upward circle. I am glad that you could take some inspiration from this article! God Bless You.

      Best Regards

      Simon

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  5. ajibola40 says:

    Thanks so much for writing this article on the power of momentum.i must commend you for putting up such a great article and words of encouragement on why it is essential to keep the momentum of our life moving forward.

    like I always say life is a journey and there are always ups and downs on roads to success.moving forward and forward no matter the situation is what defines you as a survivor.one things I learned from this article is that,the start of a momentum can be slow or hard but as time go on it will get better 

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    1. Simon says:

      Thanks to you for checking out! It honors me that you could take positive vibes out of it. Life is a journey and the journey matters far more than the destination. I hope you build lots of strong and positive momentum in your life journey and that you may succeed in whatever you are striving to achieve! God Bless You.

      Best Regards

      Simon

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  6. Seyi says:

    Momentum is very key to all that we do in life. Without momentum what you get is stagnancy. So for me personally, I have been nursing the idea of an online business for years, read books about it , read blogs, articles etc but there was no momentum, so I was stagnant not until recently when decided to apply momentum, before I know what’s happening, I was already moving and the online business already kick started. We all need a little momentum to all that we do all desire to accomplish.

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    1. Simon says:

      Hi Seyi,

      A great share of your personal experience there, thanks a lot! It proves that the concept of momentum does apply in the real world, not only in theory. I hope you could draw some positive vibes out of this article and wish you all the best on your future journey as an online entrepreneur! God Bless You.

      Best Regards

      Simon

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  7. Shubhangi says:

    Hey Simon,

    Must say a good read, and some great information and tips! Thanks !

    Great observation when you say the school system is a huge builder of negative momentum, never thought of it!  But yes exactly what we do as parents, don’t we punish our children when they mistake?

    Discipline is a must if we want to keep the momentum going, rightly said.  

    Regards

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    1. Simon says:

      Hi Shubhangi,

      Thanks for your kind words, I do appreciate them highly! School system has unfortunately evolved into this builder of negative momentum and as you mentioned we do apply lots of it in our own lives. It is up to us to re-program our ways of thinking because that won’t be taught at any school out there. Life is a constant school and we have to teach our own lessons to make the best out of it. May God Bless You.

      Best Regards

      Simon

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  8. Kehinde Segun says:

    Hi there. 

    This is post is quite motivating and educating about business generally. When one is trying to be successful, momentum is really important for that business to thrive truly. The example of train used in the post really cap every point that was trying to iron out. One the train starts moving and eventually gains its momentum, there is nothing stopping it unless it gets to its destination. When I started my online business, it was tough in the beginning but after a while that I got my momentum, Its always hard for me to stop or not even work daily. Momentum is really key to success truly 

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    1. Simon says:

      Hi Kehinde,

      Love your share! I was in the same postition you were in, I was struggling for momentum but once it kicks in you can’t stop it that easily. I am glad you agree with me and I hope your momentum stays up to continuously put out the effort you need to advance! May God Bless You.

      Best Regards

      Simon

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  9. Tolu says:

    This is highly energizing and motivating. Momentum is essential to success in life. I have known from my teens years that a successful life is not by accident. You are right that building momentum is difficult but keeping it is easy, and the main secret is discipline. In addition, from my own experience, desire and determination have helped me in life to achieve whatever I set my mind on. 

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    1. Simon says:

      Hi Tolu, 

      I appreciate highly that I was able to motivate you! This is the reason I write these articles, to motivate and inspire other human beings. Success is indeed no accident, it is the result of continuously putting in the work. Once you have the momentum all you need is discipline to keep it up – and of course, desire and determination work perfectly in supporting that very discipline. May God Bless You.

      Best Regards

      Simon

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