In the zone, on a hot streak, playing unconscious. The sports world is full of examples of momentum. Each contest even has its’ own momentum that ebbs and flows throughout the game. Individuals and teams battle to control the momentum of the game. But as we’ve seen time and time again, a single play can change the entire flow of the game.
1. the product of the mass and velocity of an object.
2. mass in motion
Don’t worry, this isn’t physics class and we won’t be discussing any of the fine points of translational momentum or Newton’s mechanics (but if you’re interested,checkout physicsclassroom.com)
I’m more interested in the momentum of life. Have you felt it? Do you ever find yourself during a stretch where everything is going right? Or even wrong?
From a physics perspective, momentum is a product of how much stuff is moving and how fast the stuff is moving. The same goes for us in the daily grind.
Our “stuff” is our personal grinds. The events we apply ourselves to and goals we work towards. The days in the gym, the games we play, the hours in the classroom or at the office, or the relationships in our lives. The mass of these events is relative to how important those events are to us and usually a direct correlation as to how much effort we put into each.
The “speed” of our stuff comes from the amount of effort we put into each activity. We all have different priorities and goals as well as different opinions as to which we want to accomplish in what order. The formula will be specific to you, as will the results.
The basic formula being the same, how to we start gaining momentum? Even better question, how do we stop ourselves when we face momentum in the wrong direction?
Many times the first question is much easier to answer than the second. For me, it’s about embracing the Grind. It’s the routine I’ve developed that works for me. Consistency of my actions and thoughts being in a positive direction. It’s pushing myself to new boundaries and experiences, and it’s seeing the progress develop as the Grind wears on.
But what about turning things around?
It’s the same idea, develop a protocol that works for you. This takes some time and some introspective thinking, but if you can be honest with yourself about the times that things were going well and not so well, you can start to recognize patterns that may have influenced each situation.
Start small. The first day is the most challenging, always. But, it gets much easier as you settle into your routine. Some advice I like comes from Stephen Guise and his book, Mini Habits: Smaller Habits, Bigger Results. Basically, Stephen states that mini habits are small, subtle changes to your routine that compounded, create larger, lasting changes.
Just like anything else, if you break it down into smaller pieces, it’s much easier to swallow.
This week think about the momentum of your life. Are you on the positive track or do you need to switch something up to get rolling? No matter where you are be confident in know that you might not be where you want to be today, but you’re closer than you were yesterday.