I thought I would share some thoughts on the importance of momentum in our business and personal lives.
What is "momentum" you say?
I define it as the forward, positive force created by consistent actions towards desired goals. I'm sure that sounds like a mouthful, so let me break it down.
Too often I find myself ignoring the basic, simple actions and tasks which I know will propel me towards my goals. Take exercise, for instance. Everybody on this planet knows that to lose weight and get in shape, you really only need to do 2 things: eat right, and exercise. Everybody knows this, since we were old enough to eat. Yet it is absolutely amazing how many of us try to cheat this simple law. We'll buy any crazy food system, or exercise contraption, as long as it looks like it will make the process easier or eliminate the need to do it entirely.
Yet really, how long does it take to workout or eat right? Much less time and anxiety than the worry we create around these things.
If we can get ourselves into action, consistently, on tasks that we know in the long run will fulfill our goals, we create a powerful force called momentum that not only keeps us going, but actually lifts us up and propels us further and faster down the path than we imagined.
Dropping one little snowball off a hill might not seem like much, but watch it roll and get bigger and bigger and bigger. Now you have the concept of momentum.
I will close this blog with a powerful little story. A man came across a worker who was clearly laying bricks. He asked the worker what he was doing, and the worker rolled his eyes and said, "I'm laying bricks, of course!"
The man happened across a second worker, also laying bricks. He asked the man what he was doing. The man looked at him intently for a moment, wiped the sweat from his brow, and said, "I'm building a wall!"
Later, the man happened on a third worker who was also laying bricks. He asked this worker what he was doing, and the man said, "I'm building a cathedral!"
Often we lose sight of our larger goals in the minutiae of our daily tasks. Remember the power of momentum, and the next time you feel like your tiny task is just laying bricks, remind yourself that you are building cathedrals.