MomentumPosted: September 4, 2012
Have you ever thought about momentum? It is a force of movement. Some definitions define it as a quantity of movement. Momentum has been on my mind recently. Often when I think of it, Newton’s First Law of Motion also comes to mind. This law (I had to look it up) states that an object in motion tends to stay in motion unless acted upon by an outside force.
As I have thought about these things, a few things come to mind. I share them in hopes that you will find value in these questions as well.
- Do I have any momentum? Yes, I must conclude that I am moving, and since I have mass I must also be a force. Personally, I have delineated six to seven areas in which I would like to build momentum. This leads me to my next question that often arises.
- Is my momentum in the direction I want it to be? In most of those areas, yes, I am moving in the directions I desire. But there are some that are not.
- What outside forces are acting upon my momentum? There are many: demands of others on my time, expectations I feel like I need to meet, commitments I have made somewhat foolishly, and more. I recently read The Art of Non-Conformity by Chris Guillebeau. In it, he has a chapter entitled “Radical exclusion and the Quest for Abundance.” Things like the “to-don’t” list and defining your purpose so succinctly that you are able to say “No” to those things that are distractions.
- How can I change to avoid those forces? Building new habits. After reading Chris Guillebeau, I picked up The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. I just began reading this book yesterday, but am learning how habits are formed and cravings begin. What are the cues in my life that lead me into those habits that are unproductive? Which leads me to my final question.
- How can I create momentum in areas where it is lacking? The easiest answer is to simply take the first step. To create momentum, I need to create movement. No movement = no momentum. Easy to type, difficult to do.
So, my goal this week is to find an area of my life and create positive momentum.
I am curious, what momentum-killing forces do you experience and how do you avoid them?