The Power of Momentum

file0002060826515Have you ever hesitated to take action and ended up stuck in a rut not knowing what to do? There are some common reasons why this happens. Sometimes we are waiting for some kind of sign to indicate that it’s okay to move forward. We might be waiting until we feel more confident because we don’t really feel up to the challenge. Or, we could be thinking that if we just wait awhile those obstacles will disappear and our goals will be easier to achieve.

Okay, I admit that in some cases it’s entirely possible that one of these strategies is legitimate, or at least it feels like it is. But how often do we use those reasons as excuses to avoid leaving our comfort zone? Let’s face it, if we are looking to justify procrastination there is no shortage of reasonable sounding excuses.

1)     Inertia. For the Shuttle to leave the ground, it must overcome inertia. Sir Isaac Newton’s first law of motion describes inertia. It states that a body at rest tends to remain at rest, and a body in motion tends to keep moving at the same speed and in a straight line. In order to move a resting body or to stop a moving body, an external action called a “force,” is required. The tendency of a body to remain at rest or, once moving, to remain in motion is inertia. The inertia of a body is related to its mass. Bodies that are more massive possess greater inertia than bodies with less mass.

In order to achieve the necessary momentum, the Space Shuttle, weighing over 4.5 million pounds at lift-off, must develop about seven million pounds of thrust. This makes sense, because according to Newton’s law, the more mass that is involved, the more force is required to move it.

Lesson: In our lives, we also must overcome inertia in order to achieve success. It will quite likely require unusual effort in the beginning to launch our dream, but there is no way around this fact. If our dream is owning our own business, it will take extraordinary effort the first few years. Once we have supplied that initial “thrust” of hard work, then less effort is required to maintain our momentum. However, if we never provide that initial thrust, or if our effort is less than enough, then we will not realize our goal.

2)Get Clear. – about where you are now.  What’s working? What’s not working? What do you wish was different? what did you learn?

3)Get Certain.—once you know where you are, you need to create certainty that you have the capacity to take a goal and make it real. Think about 2-3 things in your life that were a very difficult goal for you that you achieved.  What did you have to do?

Get Excited. — In a peak state, write down every goal you think you’d like to accomplish in the next 20 years. Be sure to include ANYTHING you want to do, be, share, create, have, give. Include financial goals, personal development goals, physical goals, relationship goals, contribution goals—anything you’d like to learn, enjoy, or do. No matter how silly or outrageous it may seem, this is your chance to dream without limits. Be sure to keep your pen moving as fast as possible!

Get Focused. — Out of your list of goals (from step 3), circle your top four one year goals. Out of your entire list, what do you want most? What are the top four goals that, if you could achieve them this year, would get you up early and keep you up late with excitement?

Get Committed. — For each of your top four one-year goals, write a paragraph about why they are ‘musts’ for you to achieve them. What are the reasons you absolutely will achieve this no matter what? Remember, reasons come first, answers come second! Why do you wan to do this?

Get Momentum. — Decide now: What is one small thing that you will do immediately toward achieving one of your top goals (e.g., making a phone call, booking a meeting, 

Get Smart. — To make sure you follow through, you have to get smart and measure yourself consistently. The more you measure something the better it gets. You must resolve now to measure your specific progress daily, or at least weekly.