Three Ways to Catch the Wave of Momentum in Your Life

If I could wish one thing for you, it might just be momentum. It is a force that will take you to places you never expected to be. When it arrives, hold on because change is coming. Momentum is what makes roller coasters and ziplines so thrilling, and tornadoes and car accidents so destructive. It can have an equally powerful or harmful affect on your career, family, or next project. So how do you get Big Mo on your side and avoid having it as your foe? How do you harness its power?

These are not easy questions to answer as momentum is as unpredictable and surprising as the weather, often changing directions without warning. But there are some places to position yourself to more likely experience its benefits.

If you want to get some sun this Spring Break, Atlanta would be a better destination than New England (yes, I’m still bitter about that momentum swing in the Super Bowl). It might rain in Atlanta and be unseasonably warm in New England, but I wouldn’t bet on it. Just as there are places the sun is more likely to shine, there are others where momentum can be expected. Here are three actions you can take to position yourself in momentum’s path:

Take Baby Steps - The mountaintop you’d like to climb may seem unattainable, but I have no doubt you can successfully take one tiny step in that direction. Small steps are the wind in momentum’s sail. The second step becomes easier than the first, and before you know it the snowball effect is working for you (except in Atlanta where it doesn’t snow). My suggestion is to set a BHAG (big, hairy, audacious goal) and then take a first step toward it that is so unbelievably easy you couldn’t possibly fail. Think big, but act small. Set a goal to run a marathon but make today’s baby step be a ten second jog. It sounds ridiculous but it will be ten seconds more than you ran yesterday. And while you are out there you might even decide to keep going for a minute. Set a goal to read a book but make today’s step be the first page. May I suggest a book on this very subject called Mini Habits?

Feed the Beast - Momentum often arrives in a moment, but it’s not the first moment you begin to move. Run your ten seconds today. Then do it again tomorrow and the next day and you might just find Big Mo running with you. Read the first page today and the second tomorrow. Before you know it, you will find yourself in beast mode. Keep running. Keep reading. Feed the beast.

Rest - Even a beast needs an occasional break. He will perform much better when rested. He will come back with greater strength after a day off. It’s been said, “A field that has rested gives a beautiful crop.” The same is true for you.

Take baby steps, feed the beast, rest, repeat. Big Mo is waiting for you.

What is one baby step you can take this week in your pursuit of momentum?