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