“The majority of men meet with failure because of their lack of persistence in creating new plans to take the place of those which fail.”
What The Heck Happened?
We all know that feeling.
The feeling of wanting to quit after starting something new.
How many times have you seen people in the gym after New Years, then how many do you see left by the end of January? This is the classic example of when people start something, but very few actually follow through.
I took action but lost my momentum. Momentum is key for doing what you want to do.
What Does It Mean To Have Momentum?
Momentum is described as the force or speed of movement. The Stronger the force, the faster you move.
When we start a workout plan, we usually do it with a goal in mind.
Lets say the goal is to lose to loose 20 pounds.
Thinking about that goal, we buildup our desire or drive. That drive gets converted into action causing momentum toward our goal.
In the beginning, this is an exciting thing.
We took our first step, which was to sign up to the gym. But after going two or three times, the excitement starts to fade.
What Causes The Fade?
Part of the issue is we haven’t established the habit. We are fighting against our “reverse habit” of being lazy which is already established.
It usually takes several weeks to establish a habit.
I established a habit with this blog with a very simple tactic: logging in and working on it every day.
Some days I only contributed several minutes,
Other days I spent the entire day working on it.
My goal is to make this blog successful by providing information to people that will benefit their lives. I am very excited about this goal.
But even with the excitement about a goal, there are bumps along the road.
Some of the frustrations I encountered were having trouble figuring something technical, not knowing the right words to say as I am not a “natural” writer, and not knowing why traffic is low.
In the workout example, maybe we did something incorrectly to cause an injury or were not seeing the short-term results we expected.
The things were not used to can build up self-doubt causing a loss in our momentum.
How To Create Your Own Momentum?
Going back to the example of this blog, a very simple answer hit me after coming across a tool called alexa.
This tool analyzes what a websites global rank is based on traffic.
Several weeks ago Action & Drive had no traffic. In fact, it did not even place on the Alexia tool. About a less than a week ago, the number showed up at around 14,500,000. Today it is at:
If I didn’t take the time to research this tool, I would not even know where Action & Drive stands.
By finding that little piece of information I increased my motivation to move the site higher on the page rank causing another burst of momentum.
Granted some of that traffic is mine, but knowing that there are so many lazy websites out there gives a true reflection of the real population. So many of us start something and never follow through.
In the workout example, creating momentum may be a simple as taking some pain medication to cope with the injury or soreness so you can go back the next day.
For a visual person, it may require putting up a picture of someone you want to look like.
For a technical person, it might be more motivating to see your progress in a chart or graph.
Creating your own momentum is all about finding the angle that works for you.