The Power of Momentum: How to Create & Harness It to Crush Your Goals
You likely know someone that seems to have a Midas Touch...
Their CV is filled with success after success and it seems like no matter what they decide to do it always turns into a massive win.
You might think that’s because they’re lucky, a hard worker, or they got a favorable “loan” from a rich uncle.
Some of those could be true…
But the real reason why some people have a long list of successes is because they’ve built up momentum!
And just like the truck example further up, they’re able to roll over speed bumps that might try and stop them 🚚
If you’re reading this and wish you had more momentum, or you feel like you don’t have any at all, you’re in luck…
Here’s how to build and sustain momentum in your life in 3 easy steps 👇
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1. Your Brain Follows Your Body
The easiest way to kickstart momentum in your life is through movement.
Ever had one of those days where you just don’t want to get out of bed, but as soon as you get up, brush your teeth, and get going that feeling kind of goes away?
That’s because your physical motion builds up momentum.
Newton’s 1st Law of Motion is that “an object at rest will stay at rest…”
So the best way to kickstart your momentum is to “get out of rest” through some type of physical challenge.
Set a time frame and choose something physical to do every day, and yes it needs to be every day to have the best effect.
Pick something that feels uncomfortable as a challenge but not impossible.
For example, for 30 days you could choose to:
🏃🏻♂️ Run 3 miles per day
💪 Do 100 push-ups per day
🏋️ Lift weights for 45 minutes per day
Create a chart where you can track your progress and mark off every day you complete your challenge.
If you miss a day, you need to start over!
You will soon find yourself feeling the push of momentum helping you keep going.
Back in June, I fell into a bit of a rut and I started to feel a lack of motivation. Following this advice, I decided to join 75 Hard as a way to boost my momentum not just physically but across all areas of life.
Today is Day 52/75 and I not only feel incredible physically, but my productivity has gone through the roof!
2. Never Push Due Dates. Reduce Scope Instead
Last year I was one of the first people to become TeamOps certified by GitLab.
TeamOps is a training focused on helping team leaders manage remote teams, but one of the lessons in the training goes far beyond remote work.
We’ve all experienced a time in our work where a project took longer than expected and we had to extend the due date.
According to GitLab, this due date extension is like a vote toward negative momentum.
All actions you take are either a +1 or -1 when it comes to momentum!
Stack multiple +1 actions and you will build up momentum…
But log a bunch of -1 actions and you reduce momentum and risk running into problems.
To fix this, GitLab promotes the idea of shipping on time, but reducing scope.
For example, if you want to launch a brand new website by the end of the year, and you realize you won’t be able to do so, can you reduce it from a full multi-page site to just a landing page and launch that by the original due date?
This way you are still shipping at the expected due date, even if it’s not the full project.
You can then go ahead and set a new ship date for the rest of the website.
The important thing is that you are still logging a win (+1) by the expected due date.
You can apply this to all sorts of goals:
📉 Weight loss
💰 Monthly Revenue
📬 Email subscribers
When you build a habit of logging +1s you will naturally increase your momentum.
3. Build & Celebrate in Public
While it was cool to be interviewed, I didn’t really think of it as a big deal. It was a small local Bulgarian magazine, not The New Your Times.
Nonetheless, when the article was published I decided to share it on Instagram
To my surprise, I received an outpouring of support from people who couldn’t even read the article because it was in Bulgarian.
This is a perfect example of why you should celebrate your wins in public, no matter how small they feel.
Receiving the support of our peers is a surefire way to increase momentum.
It was so nice hearing from people congratulating me on the interview that it energized me for my work day.
In addition to celebrating in public, you should also build in public.
#BuildingInPublic is a well-known movement in the startup space that promotes the idea of openly sharing every step as you build your business instead of just waiting until “it’s ready” to talk about it.
The idea is that it serves as grassroots marketing for your startup.
In addition to that, every time you make a post about the progress you’ve made in your business or career, no matter how small, is like a micro shipment.
And going back to the previous point, every time you ship you’re logging a +1 action which builds up your momentum little by little.
Wrapping up 🌯
These may sound like small actions but that’s how momentum works.
Big things often have small beginnings!
Just like compounding interest, where investing $100 per month doesn’t sound like a lot until you look 30 years down the road and find that it’s compounded into over $200,000
Momentum is very similar!
Small actions today will add up and compound until you become an unstoppable force that rolls through challenges and hits goal after goal.
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