Be the Momentum: 5 Ways to Create Momentum in Your Life
Ever stood at the edge of the high dive, looked down, and hesitated? Granted, it’s been a few years since I ventured onto the high dive platform. My own memories take me back to Sun-N-Fun in Sarasota and having a line of kids at my back while I contemplated the distance between me and the surface of the water. No turning back at that pool. It was there I learned to leap.
Fast forward a couple of decades and the high-dive platform at Wakulla Springs brings memories of the power of leaping. The first summer our son was big enough to jump, he went up and down the ladder a dozen times before he got the nerve to leap. Then he proceeded to jump 19 times that day as he experienced the energy created by momentum.
Leaping is commitment. When you just put your toe in the water, you can pull back. Leaping doesn’t afford the option of changing your mind. It’s much harder to be inspired and excited when change comes in tiny increments. Momentum comes when you’re fully committed. Momentum generates joy.
Five Ways to Create Momentum in Your Life
1. Commit to improving yourself. Your skills and attitudes always need honing. The more that’s required of you, the more critical it is to continually sharpen your skills.
2. Get Inspired. Summoning the strength to overcome inertia is strategic. The dictionary defines inspiration as the “stimulation or arousal of the mind or feelings, to special or unusual activity or creativity.” Digging deeper, it’s interesting that the origin and history of the word go back to fourteenth century Latin when it meant “immediate influence of God,” or “inflame, blow into, to breathe”. I like to think inspiration is a spark of the divine that propels us into our destiny.
3. Act brave. Fear wears as many masks as the number of hats we wear. I’ve felt it as a business owner, mom, wife, community leader, musician, and speaker. When the wind is at your back, the skies are cloudless, and life is smiling at you – it’s easier to keep fear at bay. Then there are those times when fear is an everyday enemy. Fear may be what we feel, but brave is what we do. At the heart of courage is the choice to be fierce.
4. Overcome resistance. In physics, the biggest deterrent to momentum is friction. Friction comes in our lives through obstacles, self-doubt, and distraction – to name a few. Recognizing that the difficulties are normal, expected, and part of the price of momentum helps you push back and press through.
5. Be accountable. Having direct accountability to a team or an individual is a game-changer. Accountability is the glue that binds commitment to results.
Be the Momentum. One way I can help you with that is through my free private Facebook Group called “Lead from Within”. Through live videos, posts and lively conversation, we create momentum. Together. https://www.facebook.com/groups/207265510042432/