The Power of Momentum
Motivation is a crafty thing. Some days, it comes easily, and I feel like I could conquer the world. You’ll see me as the most productive human on Earth. Superpower mode activated!
On other days, though, I struggle to get out of bed.
Do you go through this cycle too? Then read on.
It’s easy to think of motivation as something that happens to us, like a force we have no control over. But the truth is, we can cultivate and nurture motivation, and one of the best ways to do that is to keep moving.
When you’re stuck in a rut, it can be tempting to wait for motivation to strike before you take action. You tell yourself that you’ll start working on that project as soon as you feel motivated. But the problem with this approach is that it takes all the power away from you and puts it in the hands of motivation.
You’re waiting for something outside of you to push you into action, and that can be a frustrating and disempowering place to be.
Instead, we should focus on building momentum. Momentum is the force that keeps us moving forward, even when we don’t feel like it. It’s the energy we create by taking action. It’s a powerful tool for staying motivated.
Think about a football rolling down a hill. The ball moves slowly at first, but as it picks up speed, it gets faster and faster. The same principle applies to our own lives. When we start taking small actions towards our goals, we create momentum that propels us forward. Each step we take builds on the last. And before we know it, we’re making significant progress.
Instead of waiting for motivation to push you, set a small goal for yourself that you can accomplish easily. It could be spending ten minutes each day writing 100 words for your novel. Whatever it is, make it something you can do without much effort. Then, once you’ve done it, congratulate yourself and set another small goal. Keep building on your successes. And before you know it, you’ll have created a powerful momentum that carries you towards your larger goals.
Of course, there will still be days when you don’t feel motivated. But the beauty of momentum is that it can take you through those challenging times. Even when you’re feeling low, you can look back at all the progress and use that as motivation to keep going.
Momentum becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. The more you do, the more motivated you feel, and the more motivated you feel, the more you do.
Motivation is not something that happens to us. It’s something that we can create and nurture by building momentum. So if you’re feeling stuck or unmotivated, don’t wait for motivation to find you. Start moving, and let momentum carry you towards your goals.