Momentum is easy to keep going when you have it, and in most cases very difficult to create when you don’t have it. My intention behind writing this article is to give a clearer understanding of how momentum works and how you can create and maintain it in your own life.
Pick a Goal and Create Momentum
First step, pick a goal. If you don’t have anywhere you need to go, you have nothing to build momentum towards. I’ll be writing an article on goal setting and important components of compelling goals, but for now just know that you need to pick a goal that excites you.
If your goal doesn’t get you in the mood of wanting to build momentum, you aren’t doing it right. Dig deep and find out what really motivates you.
Second, you need to start creating momentum towards your goal. If you are familiar with my writing, you know that I am not a fan of excessive planning, and making sure that things are perfect. Life is an imperfect experience where we take action, learn from mistakes, and keep moving forward after correcting our path.
Getting this experience builds persistence, decisiveness, mental toughness, and best of all, knowledge of how to navigate through familiar obstacles simply because we have encountered and overcome them before.
So don’t worry about having the perfect, sexiest and most badass sounding plan. Just take action. If your goal is to move out of your parents house, take a step in the right direction and get a job. Get some way to make money. If you have money and want to create a business that makes more money for you while creating value for other people in the process, you need to find out how you can create value for other people.
Examine your skills and hobbies, choose something that you are passionate about, and start doing it. Go out and help people for free. One of the best ways to build a business is to get referrals. Help people out for free, and after your session or lesson or service has been completed, ask if that person is happy with the end results. If they are, ask for a referral.
This may seem simple, and it is. Don’t worry about a complex business plan, just get out there and start doing it. That’s the entrepreneurial mindset. If you are trying to open a hedge fund or launch a billion dollar startup, achieving your goal will take some considerable effort, but the idea here is that taking any action towards your goal is better than sitting there and being indecisive, worrying about what missing piece you need to make your plan perfect. This is how you create momentum.
Point All of Your Resources Towards Your Goal
It’s more important to be resourceful than to have resources. Many people have proven this, just look at all of the self-made billionaires on the forbes 400 list. A lot of them started with nothing, and through their willpower and resourcefulness, these people were able to build empires.
Look at what you have around you. Do you have a friend or family member with connections in an industry you are passionate about? Want to be a tennis coach? Look around your area for tennis clinics and country clubs. Want to teach kids how to swim? Go to the YMCA and ask about an entry level position, even if it’s unpaid at first. Get your foot in the door first, then make the bump up. Have mad piano skills? Talk to family and friends and ask if they know anybody who is interested in taking lessons.
The idea is to take your focus off of the sexiest, action-movie type story of how you are going to succeed and look at the opportunities that are right in front of you. They may seem boring and pedestrian, but they may give you the boost you need in the right direction to create a truly phenomenal result.
Maintain focus and momentum
As you continue to work towards your goals, it is inevitable that you will hit road blocks and your momentum will slow down. These are the times when you need to dig deep and get back on the horse. Keeping yourself inspired will do wonders in these tough times, and that is another reason why having a compelling goal is so important.
If you don’t have a goal that is worth sticking with through the pain, struggle, and setbacks, you simply won’t stick with it and you will never reach the finish line.
Once you have a goal, and make sure it’s compelling and it’s an outcome that excites you, surround yourself and saturate your mind with your goal. The idea here is to make sure that the majority of the stimuli in your life are serving you, and carrying you towards your goals, even on a subconscious level. Here are a couple of examples.
- sticky notes – write down your goals on sticky notes where you can plainly see them. Put your goals on your bathroom mirror or on the steering wheel of your car. Give yourself no choice but to be surrounded by reminders of your destiny.
- audio tapes – I am a huge fan of audio tapes. Even if they are not specifically talking about your goal, people like Tony Robbins and Jim Rohn have some awesome pointers on not only goal setting, but how to stay motivated and keep a great attitude while working towards your goals.
- keeping a planner – I started keeping a daily planner, or calendar, in high school, and it carried through college and now into my professional adult life. It’s something small, but it really helps to write down your plans and schedule for the day to keep you on track.
- favorite youtube videos – watch things that get you motivated. Videos of people you like and inspire you. They will put you in the right mood to succeed. Try finding a video that gets you pumped up and watch it before you hit the gym or start work on your goals.
- read books – books open you up to the wisdom of the greats. There are some truly badass people that have lived throughout history, and many of them were generous enough to write down their thoughts and experiences to share with us. The impact that books have had on my life is nothing short of monumental, and have had a tremendous effect on who I am as a person. It is truly amazing to read books by some of the world’s most successful people and get a glimpse into their mind, and then use their knowledge and experience to your advantage in everyday life.
These are just a few simple examples, but putting even one of them into practice will be one more force propelling you towards your goal and contributing to your success. The more things you have in your life helping you towards your goals, the faster and easier you will get there. Which bring us to the most important point when building and maintaining momentum.
Surround Yourself With the Right People
Ever heard the saying “You are the average of the 5 people you hang out with most”? I’m paraphrasing here, but it could not be more true. Every person in the world has their own set of habits, mannerisms, and behaviors, and when you are around someone you are being exposed to all of the things they surround themselves with.
This being said, one of the best and fastest ways to achieve your goals is to:
- Spend lots of time with people who are further down the path you are on. People who have built businesses, built fortunes, caught the biggest fish, won sports competitions, won awards. It doesn’t matter, as long as the they are people who have done what you want. These people have experience and secrets that you don’t have, and you can cut down your learning curve dramatically, learning new shortcuts and tricks instead of reinventing the wheel.
- Spend time with people who are passionate about the same things as you. It’s always a great idea to spend time with people who live life on a higher level than you do, but if those people aren’t around you, try to at least be around people who have the same interests and are heading in the same direction. Example: If you workout and lift weights, and I highly recommend that you do multiple times a week, it is much easier and more fun to workout with a partner. They are someone to keep you accountable, and since you are both headed in the same direction, with similar goals, even if you are having an off day, they will pull you out of your rut and get you to the gym, and you will do the same for them. This leads to increased enjoyment, as well as faster progress simply because you are more consistent and you are also having fun.
Surround yourself with people headed in the same direction as you, with similar goals, and you expose yourself to new habits, ideas, attitudes, and experiences that will carry you towards your goals at a faster pace and, at the very least, create more fun in the process.