How many times have you seen it? Your favorite sports team is losing. They are behind, the other team is taking it to them. And then, BANG!
I was at a Golden State Warriors Game last year and the Warriors were getting beat by the San Antonio Spurs. Then Steph Curry hit a three (which he does a lot). The game was being played in Oakland, the Warriors’ home arena. Steph hits the three and the crowd goes wild!
Then the Warriors got a turnover and Steph hit another three. Crowd gets louder, energy gets stronger. And then, the Warriors went on a run. They scored the next 25 points and really took it to the Spurs and eventually won the game. It was the most impressive come from behind game I have ever seen. And…it was the epitome of momentum.
Momentum is defined by dictionary.com as force or speed of movement; impetus, as of a physical object or course of events. I define it as energy building up and moving in greater amounts in one direction.
Think about how much more effective you could be if you could control momentum! Well, the good news is you can to a certain extent.
First, start thinking about momentum in your life. Where do you get it? Where do you lose it? Why do you lose it? What could you do differently so that you don’t lose it.
Awareness is the first step towards using momentum to move your life forward. You see, momentum is in your life all the time. All the time, at all times. Most of us are just not aware of it, we don’t think about it. It is this invisible force of energy that we don’t usually give a second thought to.
Start thinking about it. A lot. All the time.
Just by starting to think about momentum your awareness goes up. You are now in a better position to let it boost you forward and maximize it. You are also in a better position to not let things kill your forward momentum or at least to nip them in the bud and get your positive momentum going again. Negative momentum or Momentum Killers are everywhere. They are going to reach out and grab you at some point. That’s why we need to be ready for them!
Second step: plan wins. Lots of them. Little ones at first. Little ones down the road. Little ones later on. The big wins will come once you get a pattern of little wins happening.
What would happen if you started every day with a win? I define a win as something positive that happens for you. Now what if you started each day with a planned win. Something like a 5 minute meditation; a 1 minute visualization of your day with a focus on at least one thing that will go well for you that day. Maybe exercising and getting the cobwebs out. Or maybe (and this is one of my favorites) starting with a hug or kiss from someone you love.
After that, you can then plan for little wins throughout the day. Another of my favorites is to give someone else a WIN — a “What I Noticed”. Just go up to someone and share something that you noticed about them. Something that you appreciate and want more of. They feel great for being acknowledged and you feel great for acknowledging them. Now you have just created some positive mojo. Positive momentum for you both!
Here is an exercise for you: Momentum Builders
Make a list of 25 things that you can do that will create positive momentum for you. That way you have a list on hand at all times. When you sense your momentum starting to ebb, you can nip it in the bud, whip out one of the items you listed (or maybe two or three) and do those things to help get your momentum going for you.
Some Momentum Builder suggestions:
- Listen to some of your favorite music
- Set a goal
- Look at the progress you are making on a goal
- Review your mission/purpose/driving force
- Review highlights in your life
- Call a friend
- Ride your bike
- Eat some of your favorite food
- Read a note from a friend in the past where they appreciated
You get the idea.
Momentum. It is one of the most powerful forces in the universe and now you are going to be able to more purposefully utilize its power!