“One way to keep momentum going is to have constantly greater goals.” – Michael Korda
Momentum. During the last few months I’ve heard this word quite a bit, but it was just a word.
I recently read this quote from Tony Robbins, who talks quite a bit about momentum. “Success comes from taking the initiative and following up… persisting… eloquently expressing the depth of your love. What simple action could you take today to produce a new momentum toward success in your life?”. While reading the quote I couldn’t understand why, if I was doing everything I had to be doing, momentum wasn’t showing. I was impatient and tough to myself. At that moment I couldn’t see that all I had to be doing is being patient, keep working consistently and steadily, step by step, doing my best and letting things flow. And momentum arrived and it felt AWESOME!
Let’s stop and have a look at what momentum means. The Cambridge Dictionary defines momentum as “the force that keeps an object moving or keeps an event developing after it has started: once you push it, it keeps going under its own momentum”. You can think of momentum as a force unwilling to stop. It’s a word commonly used term in sports – they often talk of a team in a momentum to refer to a team on a winning streak that is seemingly unstoppable.
How many times you work hard and don’t see results straight away and feel discouraged? Has this happened to you? It has definitely happened to me. But – If you stop moving forward discouraged by the lack of momentum, if you stop summing up small (and big) efforts repeated day in and day out, momentum is not going to happen. However, if you are consistent, look for constant improvement and take action: it will happen! We just need to be patient and carry one (something I’m really bad at, actually! Work in progress though).
When we start a new project, personal or professional, we put a lot of energy on it. And let’s be real, we all look forward for the results and momentum to come because when momentum starts, things keep rolling. The greater the momentum is, the harder it is to stop it.
Momentum builds when we ensure that everything goes as planned, that things that need to happen are happening, that we are producing results and our motivation grows and grows. When we have it in business, everything seems to move forward: we get things done, stuff flows and results are showing. And then the magic happens: you look better than you are and you accomplish a lot – because you believe you can do it!
I’d like to share with you my personal experience. I started my business very slowly, I was working full time at the time, under a lot of pressure and stress and had no energy left after my 8 (or more) hours at the office. I did as much as I could, but things were slow. I demanded too much to myself. Consistency was hard due my lack of time and energy, but what was really stopping me was my lack of self-believe. I just didn’t believe I could do it – I was exhausted. I used to say: “I can do it”. But I didn’t really believe it.
Because I’m stubborn and I don’t give up easily, I decided to carry on working and learning till I got my initial inversion back. I wanted to proof myself I could do it so I went to training sessions, conferences, etc. and the shift happened. I started believing in myself. I started believing more strongly in the company, the industry and the business opportunity. And I also started taking action and doing everything I was told I had to do in order to start moving forward. And suddenly momentum came and I started filling my calendar with activity.
It’s still early days and keep working hard. I can see things moving forward. I observe how stuff happen when you consistently work, in your business and in yourself (I do believe that personal growth is essential if you want to develop your business so I make sure I keep developing myself as a person in parallel to my business).
The feeling is amazing! I don’t know how well I’ll do next month, or in the next six months, or next year. But what I do know is that if you are consistent, reflect in what you are doing and find the way to change things that don’t work, learn from others and have your best attitude: you’ll do whatever you decide to do!
With lots of love,