When looking at people around, have you ever observed that successful people are likely to become more successful? Sad people tend to be even more sad? Enthusiastic people get more and more enthusiastic? Rich people get richer? These people know where they are and have a projection of where they want to be. If you see yourself depressed in the future, this is the path you will be following. Same if you think you will succeed big. Some people would call this virtuous or vicious circle. Regardless of how you call it, momentum is more than a buzz word.
What is momentum?
Momentum is when you have found a pattern and you follow it to bring you to a desired result. When you got a new job, your spouse loves you and your health keeps improving, you feel you have gained momentum. This is a relentless force that comes from a combination of past performance and future expectations. Think of momentum as a wind that can carry you forward or push you back, based on what direction you choose to sail. Momentum is when you break out through procrastination and decide to take action, consistently, every single day.
Momentum can be harnessed
Why it’s possible? Because I have quit eating junk food and the results are still visible today, it totally shifted my approach to food and living a healthier life. I can enjoy more energy and feel better about my choice when it comes to food. The moment I feel tempted to eat that tempting burger and say “No, I have the power to carry on”, that’s when I harness momentum. It’s day to day choices that you make consistently that add up exponentially that generate momentum.
Momentum drives motivation
You need motivation to reach momentum, but once you ride the wave, every single reinforcement of your choices, every milestone achieved for your master plan is in turn strengthening your motivation to keep on going. Momentum and motivation go hand in hand, creating positive spirals.
Momentum reveals unlimited possibilities
What if you would read 30 pages per day for the next 10 years? What if you could improve your business just 0.1% per day for the next 5 years? How would you feel to increase your revenue by 10% each quarter? What if you would meet a new person a day? How many sales would you make if reaching out to 10 potential customers daily? How many distinctions would you make by attending one seminar a month? Momentum opens up a world of possibility by building up resilience in your day to day activities, putting you in line with your most ambitious plans.
How to ride the wave of momentum?
First of all, acknowledge there is at least one area of your life where you have to break the pattern. Whether it’s your addiction to a certain “drug” such as television, smoking, fat or computer, or simply a lack of desire to get out and meet new people, there is definitely something that you would NEED to change in order to reach your goals in a particular area of your life.
There are 5 steps to achieve momentum:
- Decide what it is you want to change
- Define an implementation plan
- Start now, do not postpone for tomorrow
- Repeat the new activity to transform it into a habit
- Praise yourself each time you are consistent
Breaking through barriers against momentum
On your journey to reach momentum and transform your life, there will be moments when you would feel like quitting. There will always be some people criticizing you, letting you down and showing how you won’t be able to quit smoking, build up your savings account or start your own business. These are people that are projecting their own reality and beliefs on yourself. Don’t blame and don’t judge them.
On the other hand, you have no liability to spend your time with average people that don’t support you. Focus your energy instead on doing what drives you forward and spend more time with people that help you achieve a state of high energy and determination. If an approach does not work, change it. If someone criticizes you, reply “Thank you for the feedback” and in your mind say “NEXT!” Be persistent with your dreams, you are the only one that can harness the power of momentum and fight for your causes. Else, you will end up working for someone else’s dream and that might not be as enticing.
Are you ready to ride the wave of momentum?
Check what I call your “change resources”: either you are so fed up with the status quo, that you say “No more! I am going to make a change NOW!” or you are so driven towards something you really like, being ready to go all the way to get what you want, either positive or negative motivation works. Ideally, use both to create a state of urgency. There is no other option than to change and be consistent in whatever you have chosen to do for your transformation journey.