“The most important thing you can do to achieve your goals is to make sure that as soon as you set them, you immediately begin to create momentum.” -Tony Robbins
Newtons 1st law of motion dictates that an object at rest remains at rest unless acted
upon by a force.
This is just as true for physics as it is for the psychology of momentum in achieving the goals we set ourselves.
With all the best intentions our lives can often remain stationary, caught in the same routines, habits, and patterns unless we apply some focus to make a change for the better.
There are two main types of “focus” that can change our daily routines and habits to help generate momentum towards the goals we set ourselves :-
Internal – Focus that comes from the enjoyment of an activity or ideal. We can tap into this focus by discovering and exploring our core values and passions in life. It is easier to find motivation for momentum if it resonates strongly within our core values and understandings.
External – Focus for momentum that comes from seeking a reward for a course of action. You can maximize this focus by identifying what really matters to you in your goal setting process and by building a system that gives you that extra push when your motivation may be running low. Once you begin gaining momentum towards your goals, you've taken a major step, now it’s a process of maintaining momentum.
Newtons 2nd law of motion dictates, Once an object is in motion, it will stay in motion unless another force acts upon it.
Generating momentum towards your goals isn't just about getting yourself moving, but by maintaining your momentum. On the path towards achieving your goals, you’re going to face some drawbacks, obstacles, and failures. This is the ‘friction’ in life that you’ll need to work through if you really want to succeed.
Here are a few things you can do to help keep your momentum:
Celebrate the small wins.– Keep your motivation for maintaining momentum by celebrating victories, however small. Progress towards your goals almost always happens one step at a time.
Don’t focus on specific results too early.- Focus on keeping the ball rolling, even if you’re not seeing the results you want just yet. If you get discouraged and quit, you’re guaranteed not to see results. Focus on building and maintaining momentum at the beginning.
Perspective.– Many of the obstacles you will face don’t have to be seen as friction or problems, but as learning experiences to help improve progress towards your goals. Its all about perspective.
Be curious.– Always be willing to try new things to keep your mind fresh and stimulated. If you get too familiar with the same activities, then your motivation to maintain momentum is going to grow stale. Keep things interesting.
Long-term mindset.– Individuals who maintain momentum think about the effects of their actions way into the future. They see the bigger picture, and they are in it for long-term growth, not just short-term gain.
Be prepared to rest.– Momentum is just as much about knowing when to rest as it is about knowing when to take a leap forward. Sometimes to keep your momentum you need to give yourself time to recuperate.