What is your next step?

Last week I handled several concerns along the same lines from both adult and student clients. Those concerns sounded something like these:

  • I know where I want to go, but not sure how to get there.
  • How do I know whether to take a job or not?
  • I am not quite sure what to do now, but ultimately I know where I want to be. What should I do?

The answer to these is easy: do something. Take a step in the general direction you are heading, any direction actually will work. Even if it is not in a straight line toward your goal does not mean you should rather stand still. Just taking a step will help. Just like Newton’s Law of Motion–once you are in motion, you will tend to stay in motion. But if you are simply standing still, chances are it will be easier to remain still and just thinking about your goal rather than moving toward it. Read the rest of this entry »


Momentum

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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?