How To Build Momentum

Momentum. When you have it, momentum feels so good. When you don’t, you’re stagnant. You feel stuck. Before COVID, I had momentum both personally and professionally. I mean, things were just moving forward in all kinds of positive directions. My mind was clear, and I was excited and motivated to start each day. After COVID, my momentum came to a screeching halt. My routine was gone. I honestly did not know what the next right move should be or how to continue moving forward with the momentum that took so long to build. Y’all I was depressed. Negative. Copacetic. Just…existing.

Oh, and I had every excuse in the book: I don’t like wearing a mask at the gym so I can’t workout anymore. I can’t go out with my friends, so I’ll just withdraw completely. I can have another drink because there’s nothing to do anyway. My kids are fine on their iPad, they don’t need my attention. The list can go on and on – and you know why? Because as it turns out, I had NOT lost my momentum. In fact, my momentum was in full force, but this time my mind was foggy, and I was filled with dread and resentment at the start of each day.

Negativity breeds negativity and I just spent the last year telling myself everything I could not do or accomplish. Of course, the pandemic changed my routine. But it also dramatically changed my perspective. Once my positive momentum rolled to a complete stop, it seemed one million times harder to get back into my positive habits and VERY easy to fall into old and new negative habits.

I knew what I needed to do to start building up that positive momentum again, but I kept focusing on the end goal instead of the steps in how to get there. For example, a year ago I was in the best shape of my life. Now, I’m in the worst shape of my life. I know how to get in shape, but my negative momentum tells me, “You know how long it’s going to take you to get back there? So, what you gained some weight? You work from home now; you don’t need to wear pants that button.” I needed my positive momentum brain to say, “Focus on what you can do today. It’s only 30 minutes of your day. You can do it.”

Breaking down my goal into manageable, simple tasks helped me focus my thoughts, and suddenly my goal did not like a thousand-pound stone I was trying to push up a hill. Building momentum is just that – small steps that build up over time. A thousand-pound stone doesn’t just start rolling down a hill at a hundred miles per hour. There are several small steps that need to happen to help the stone start shifting from its stagnant state. And then more steps to get it moving. Then more steps to get it to roll over. Then more steps to move freely, unassisted.

Personal and professional growth takes momentum. But is your momentum pushing you forward or pulling you backward? What small steps can you take today – literally, right now – to change your momentum? You may be surprised how taking small steps towards one goal will result in positive momentum across several areas of your life and career. Your goal for today: spend 30 minutes doing something that will help you reach your goal. Ready…GO!