Thoughts

Juggernaut

Life is all about momentum. All of us start small, grow rapidly, hit a high and the momentum then dissipates over time. If you don’t have a plan to jump onto the next rising wave as the one you are currently on starts to lose its momentum and you will end up expending all of the energy that you’ve managed to build up. Change is inevitable. You can make it happen; or let it happen to you. The biggest danger is not being able to recognize that one needs to jump at some stage in the future when there is a need. In severe failure comes learning and with it wisdom.

The minute that we lose momentum, we lose the thread. We become extremely vulnerable to distraction and defeat. Our inner critic awakens, and we start second-guessing ourselves and our abilities, doubting the possibility of success. We start wondering about what others would think of us, it sweeps away our attention and focus. We start to generate new ideas that seem even more worthy of execution, tempting us to move onto the next big thing without ever finishing. It’s just like Newton’s First Law of Motion: The tendency of a body in motion is to keep moving; the tendency of a body at rest is to sit still. In other words we can say that it takes a lot less work to keep moving once you have some momentum, than it is to start moving from a dead stop. If we can keep moving on our daily work every day– it’s endlessly easier to stay focused, eventually pace up, and overcome the objections that inevitably come up.

Momentum takes time to build. Once we get the images of fame and success dancing in our heads, we tend to set the goal too high which eventually fails to make the standard, and sometimes even quit because we get discouraged. It is just as we start training for a marathon by running a few miles and then start building from there, it is important to set small, realistic or rather sensible goals at first. We should challenge our self, but not overdo it. Setting achievable goals and experiencing incremental success will help you build momentum and confidence.

Particularly if one is performing an important or creative work along with other commitments, finding minimal time to commit to the project in a regular way can be extremely challenging. But there is nothing more important. Consistent execution is preponderant: it helps one to have clarity and focused mind; in return they are rewarded with a constant feeling of progress and, most importantly, it keeps the momentum moving forward. One shouldn’t wait for this free time to magically “open up.” Rather, proactively carve out time to do the regular work and keep moving.

In a lot of articles we read about successful people. They are successful because they work incessantly. They work continuously to achieve their goals. When it comes to momentum, the relative incidence of execution is perhaps more important than the duration of the same. Even if one is working on a project for just an hour a day that’s more than enough to keep their objectives and recent activities in top of your mind. Thereafter, when you get back to work, you can easily slip back into the flow. Occasionally, something might knock you off course, and you might not be able to work on the project that day. But if you endeavor to push it forward every single time, then you’ll stay on track regardless of the distractions.
If anyone had been downhill skiing, you will know about the scary flip-side of momentum. We languish for it, but we’re also afraid of taking it too far. What if we happen to go too fast? What if we get out of control? Many of us fear too much momentum. Thus, don’t hold back. When it comes to execution of a work in a creative manner, the key is to get moving, and keep moving without stopping anywhere.