March 19, 2011
"If you wait for inspiration you'll be standing on the corner after the parade is a mile down the street." Ben Nicholas
Momentum is a funny thing. When you've got 'old mo' working with you, life just seems a whole lot easier. Things are clicking. Things are cooking. Things are happening. You can just feel it building by the minute. And you feel good. You feel confident. You feel like you're on a big time roll.
With momentum on your side, there's nothing you cannot do.
On the other hand, when momentum is working against you, it tends to snowball. Problems start to pile up. Pressure begins to build. You start anticipating trouble. You start expecting the worst. It feels like the roof is about to cave in. And things start going downhill in a hurry.
With momentum pushing against you, just getting through the day can take everything you've got.
"Enthusiasm is the energy and force that builds literal momentum of the human soul and mind." Bryant H. McGill
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that you want momentum on your side. You want it working for you instead of against you. But sometimes, in spite of your best efforts, that doesn't happen.
Sometimes you make mistakes. Sometimes you make the wrong choices. Sometimes things just don't work out. And here comes a crashing wave of negative momentum.
How do you reverse the momentum? How do you get it working for you instead of against you?
Michael Korda had this to say about momentum, "One way to keep momentum going is to have constantly greater goals." He was talking about goals that are bigger than any problem you face. Goals that are stronger than any adversity you encounter. Goals that get you fired up from the inside out.
With a powerful set of goals to guide you, you can overcome temporary setbacks. You can overpower mistakes and missteps. You can overwhelm anything and everything thrown in your path. You can turn momentum around and get it flowing in your direction.
"A great flame follows a little spark." Dante Alighieri
What kind of goals do you hold in your heart? Are they inspiring, commanding, get-you-going goals that make you come alive? Are they goals you pursue with passion and purpose? Are they goals you chase with a fiery fervor? Or are they little more than a potpourri of things you hope come to pass?
If you don't already have some super sensational goals that move you to action, you better get them. And get them in a big time hurry. These goals need to get you cranked up, they need to light your fire. These goals need to be so compelling, so forceful, so dynamic that they almost knock your socks off.
Only these kinds of goals can make a real difference in your life.
But goals are only the starting point. The rest is up to you. You have to light the fire. You have to provide the spark. Youve got to get yourself going. You have to prime the pump and get the juices flowing. You have to make something positive happen, even when your life is filled with negativity.
You've got to create your own momentum. You have to get things going. You have to get things rolling. Then you have to keep it going, keep it rolling in the right direction. That's where the power of your goals comes into play.
"The world is wide, and I will not waste my life in friction when it could be turned into momentum." Frances Willard
On any given day, life is filled with irritations, annoyances and frustrations. Things that get you down, people who get under your skin. There setbacks, big and small, that can derail you, upset you and knock you to your knees. There are all sorts of things that can put a huge crimp in your style.
And when things are not going right, it's easy to give in - even give up. But if I can offer you one piece of advice on the subject, it would be this. When the going gets rough, don't give in. Dig in. And get tougher than tough.
You have to stand tall, stand strong, stand up to the wave of negative energy - and push back with all of your might. And keep pushing. And keep pushing some more. Don't let up. Don't back up. Don't let the negativity thwart your progress. You know where you want to go, so go there. Focus on your goals, your dreams and aspirations. Zero in on what you need to do right now to move in the direction of your dreams. Then do it.
By enthusiastically chasing your goals with the relentless zeal of a crusader, you create energy. You create power. You create an explosive spark. And you unleash an invincible wave of positive charged momentum that cannot be stopped.
Momentum that can take you anywhere you've dreamed of going.
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