MoHow Posted By Dr. MO Maintaining Momentum is difficult — our movement forward and upward is constantly interrupted by a range of forces including negative thoughts and feelings. Everyone has doubt and times when we feel low. What separates the highly successful from the crowd is their ability to recover and then keep going.
There is no simple solution to regaining momentum. And even after we get going again, the problem reappears at the first sign of failure. The keys to mastering momentum are gaining an understanding of how your mind works and how your thoughts drive your emotions. By learning how to nurture momentum thoughts, neutralize negative ones, and focus on the task at hand, you can pull yourself out of a slump before negativity completely saps you.
If you lose momentum, here are three ways to address 3 major momentum destroyers..
The first momentum destroyer is a lack of beliefs in your self. When this happens to me, it’s usually because I’m focusing entirely on what I want and neglecting what I already have. When you only think about what you want, your mind creates explanations for why you aren’t getting it. This creates negative thoughts. Past failures, bad breaks, and personal weaknesses dominate your mind. You become jealous of your competitors and start making excuses for why you can’t succeed. In this state, you tend to make a bad impression, assume the worst about others, and lose belief in your self.
The way to get out of this thought pattern is to focus on positives. Set aside time to focus on everything good in your life. Make a mental list of your strengths, past successes, and current advantages. We tend to take our strengths for granted and dwell on our failures. By making an effort to feel positive, you’ll realize how competent and successful you already are. This will rejuvenate your belief in your self and get momentum going again.
It might sound strange that repeating things you already know can improve your mindset, but it’s amazingly effective. The mind distorts reality to confirm what it wants to believe. The more negatively you think, the more examples your mind will discover to confirm that belief. When you truly believe that you are fully capable of success, your mind will generate ways to achieve it. The best way to bring success to yourself is to genuinely desire to create value for the rest of the world.
The second momentum destroyer is a lack of focus. How often do you focus on what you don’t want, rather than on a clear, positive, and specific goal? We normally think in terms of fear. “I’m afraid of being poor. I’m afraid no one will respect me. I’m afraid of being alone.” The problem with this type of thinking is that fear alone isn’t actionable. Instead of doing something about our fear, it feeds on itself and drains our momentum.
If you’re caught up in fear based thinking, the first step is focusing that energy on a well defined goal. By defining a goal, you automatically define a set of actions. If you have a fear of poverty, create a plan to increase your income. It could be going back to school, obtaining a higher paying job, or developing a profitable business. The key is moving from an ill-defined dream to taking specific, attainable, and measurable steps.
By focusing your mind on a positive goal instead of an ambiguous fear, you put your brain to work. It instantly begins devising a plan for success. Instead of worrying about the future you start to do something about it. This is the first step in moving yourself to take action. When know what you want, you build your momentum.
The third destroyer momentum is lacking a plan. If focus means having an ultimate goal, an action plan is having a day-to-day strategy and long term plan to achieve it. A lack of direction destroys momentum because without an obvious next action we succumb to procrastination. An example of this is a person who wants to have a career as a writer, but who spends more time reading about writing than actually writing articles.
The key to developing a plan of action is identifying the activities that lead to success. For every goal, there are activities that pay off and those that don’t. Make a list of all your activities and arrange them based on results. Then make a make an action plan that focuses on the activities that lead to big returns. To continue the example from above, a writer’s list would look something like this:
1. Write content
2. Research relevant topics
3. Research distribution options
4. Network with other writers
5. Get press coverage
6. Arrange book tour
Keeping track of your most important tasks will direct your energy towards success. Without a constant reminder, it’s easy to waste entire days on filler activities like reading emails, and undirected web surfing.
When my momentum starts to wane, I regain it by creating a plan that contains two positive actions. The first is a small task I’ve been meaning to do, while the second is a long-term goal. I immediately do the smaller task. This creates positive momentum. After that I take the first step towards achieving the long-term goal. Doing this periodically is great for getting out of a slump, creating positive reinforcement, and getting my momentum back
It’s inevitable that you’ll encounter periods of low energy, and the occasional setback. If you don’t discipline your mind, these minor obstacles can turn into mental roadblocks. By being on guard against the top 3 momentum destroyers you can preserve your momentum and propel yourself to success.
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