What You Need to Create and Sustain Your Momentum
Not a lot of coaches realise that momentum is crucial to their success. That’s why they underestimate its importance. Don’t be like them.
Imagine a jet plane making its way on the airport’s runway. Before ascending, it moves slowly and then gradually picks up speed. That’s because the plane needs enough time and energy to be able to take flight.
This is a true picture of momentum at work.
The reality is that momentum is as necessary for your success as a life coach as it is for a plane to fly.
You see, momentum affects every single part of your life.
Without momentum, you won’t get to get out of bed in the morning.
You won’t get to go to your job.
And you won’t get to work on any of your tasks.
So, creating and sustaining momentum within yourself is essential to your success. And in this article, you’ll learn the best ways to do just that.
But first, let’s get clear about what momentum is.
What is Momentum?
In physics, momentum is equal to velocity times mass.
And you’ll find that there’s a parallel between this definition and how momentum applies to you as a life coach. That’s because basically, momentum is about how fast you go and how much you do.
Think of it this way:
Completing goals and objectives creates momentum that will propel you to success. And, to get that momentum started, you need to break down your goals and then accomplish the smaller goals first.
That means if you’re not action-oriented…
You’ll never get the momentum you need to achieve higher levels of success that are possible for you.
The good news is that, like success or confidence, momentum is something you can create.
How to Create Momentum
Tip #1. Be Mindful of Your Thoughts and Actions
Everything that you do or think affects your momentum.
That means when you start having bad thoughts even before trying to do something…
It’s more likely you’ll end up not doing the task at all.
Remember, you’ll never gather momentum unless you get excited or become gratified about what you’re doing and thinking.
That said, you can create momentum by performing actions that work towards a specific goal. Be strategic with that.
Tip #2. Break Up Your Goals
There’s a saying that goes like this:
“There’s only one way to eat an elephant: one bite at a time.”
I mentioned it because it’s the same with momentum. See, momentum happens when you begin with small actions and changes. It’s only when you do that that you can work up to your big, life-changing goals.
Simply put, you can achieve things consistently when you break up those large goals into small increments.
Tip #3. Declutter Your Life
Momentum needs space to move and flourish.
And you can help yourself gain momentum by getting rid of the things that drain too much of your energy. That’s because those will only act as obstacles that’ll prevent you from achieving success.
Instead, focus on the things that will bring you towards your main goals. This is what helps to create the space you need to create momentum consistently.
Tip #4. Nurture Your Momentum and Keep It Moving
Once you gain momentum, you need to nurture it so it keeps going.
An effective way to maintain that momentum is to pay attention to how you react to the situations you face. Make sure that you respond in a more positive way even if things seem to get stressful and inconvenient.
It’s the same with your thoughts. Replace the negative with the positive.
Tip #5. Make Lifestyle Changes
Changing small habits in your lifestyle can create excitement. And when you’re excited, your momentum increases with it.
Even small, tiny changes such as taking a different route to work can spur new life into a stale momentum.
Also, learn to take pride in what you’re doing. Celebrate your accomplishments no matter how small they may appear to you. This will help you keep your momentum going at a steady pace.
The Power of a Streak
The reality is that momentum can work both ways.
There will be times when your momentum is working consistently in your favour. But there will also be times when your momentum will move the opposite way and prevent you from doing the things you want to achieve.
Making your momentum work for you all comes down to how you leverage it.
This is where the power of a streak comes in.
A streak is all about your ability to keep positive habits going. This is what creates positive pressure that keeps the momentum going.
To understand what I mean, here’s an example:
Most people have no problem brushing their teeth, right? It’s because they don’t want to have bad teeth.
But there’s an extra chore that people don’t usually do: flossing.
It’s a nice habit to have. But it doesn’t make an impact if you skip it today or tomorrow, as long as you do it right every now and then.
You can activate a streak by flossing today and telling yourself, “I’m going to floss every single day”. The following day, you force yourself to floss even though you don’t really feel like doing it. Then, you do it again the next day, and the day after… and even the days following that.
Suddenly, a little psychological trigger kicks in. So, you start to think “I’ve done this for a few days in a row now. I don’t really want to break the streak.” After that, flossing becomes a habit for you and you start to feel weird if you don’t do it for one day.
That’s how the power of a streak works for you.
What’s really happening here is you’re creating positive pressure for yourself. This pressure is like a self-identifier that tells you that it didn’t really take all that much effort for you to do something – in this case, flossing.
And since you’ve got a bank of success after doing that thing day after day, the positive pressure increases. And it continues until you successfully complete your goal.
That’s why maintaining a streak and taking action through positive pressure is what will ultimately keep your momentum going.
Create Momentum in Your Favour
Creating momentum is something you can do by practising positive habits consistently. And when you get that momentum going, you can accomplish greater things. You can take more steps to actively get closer to your goals.
Of course, being a life coach, your ability to create momentum directly affects your clients. Their lives and outcomes can benefit from the help that you give.
So, by building positive pressure on yourself…
You can share your best practices with the people whose lives you want to change. Help them create the momentum that they need to transform their lives.