My favourite word. “MOMENTUM”.
It’s simple and beautiful and it energizes the shiz out of me! Why? Because I have attached a shed load of emotion to it and emotion is what climbs into our hearts and pulls us by the hand towards where we are going next – good or bad. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary describes it as;
- :the strength or force that something has when it is moving
- :the strength or force that allows something to continue or to grow stronger or faster as time passes
To me, it means directional drive. Which is the direction in which I am building energy – Good energy.. low energy.. a lot of energy – which leads to ACTION or inaction. Where are my habits forcing me to go? Are my actions and mindset pushing towards being happy as a pig rolling in muck or feeling dried up like a little raisin? If the answer is no and there’s no happy piggy in my near future then I STOP. Stop what I’m doing or thinking and REDIRECT. This isn’t a case of letting my emotions decide and be an excuse for low results. It’s about making a conscious, purposeful decision about where those actions are going to lead me – a good place or a bad place. Regardless of the way I feel about it.
Understanding momentum and learning to recognise how and when it works in our daily lives led me to finally understand the phrase from Tony Robbins “where focus goes, energy flows”. Everything we take an action on a daily basis – our routine – is what creates our current and future results. Ever get into a rut and you just cannot for the life of Jesus pick yourself out of it? MOMENTUM.
“When you get stuck in a rut, you start to rot” I heard Gordon Ramsay say that on Kitchen Nightmares one day and it really stuck with me.
You’ve created energy and built momentum in a useless direction. You’re being driven downwards. That feeling of doing nothing all day and being more tired than ever? When you get sick and then struggle to get back into the flow of your life once you feel better? It’s also the reason depression can be so hard to overcome, because you spend so much time and energy thinking negative thoughts and feeling blank that you get trapped in it and it can become a real struggle to turn around. Same with anxiety, you spend all your time worrying about anything and everything and it becomes a habit (not a personality trait!!! A habit).
Now the good news. The reason I loooove “momentum”, this glorious force that takes place in our lives to take us places. I love it because it also has the strong potential to send us on an upward spiral, it gets us results and leads us to take action like never before! Like those days where you start off washing the dishes and then 3 hours later, the windows are all gleaming and, should you wish to, you could drink your green juice straight out the toilet.
Momentum is the definition of the phrase “we just started ‘XYZ’ one day, our lives changed and we never looked back”. It’s so bloody wonderful because we all have it. It’s not something you have to learn or a personality trait that only a handful of people are born with, it’s just there. An energy that exists within human nature. A driving force within each and every one of us that can be harvested and taken advantage of. Something that will work with you if you just take that first tiny step in the right direction. It only takes one action, one thought or one little spark of energy to drive your life to a whole new level. And I believe that’s the point of our existence. To be constantly improving. Always better than before. Learning a new perspective, creating a different experience, growing! Sure, every once in a while we slip on the ladder and end up falling down a step or two but all of our today’s should be another step up from the day before regardless of what gets put in our way to drag us down. That’s what creates excitement and I strongly believe that excitement is the key to happiness, peace of mind and having high energy! Don’t you just love being around those people who are so full of beans that it becomes infectious and you feel that awakening energy that changes the atmosphere?
Momentum is how you get there. You just have to take that first step in the right direction. Drinking more water one glass at a time. Start your day when the alarm actually goes off and don’t hit snooze just one day at a time. Set a date for something on your bucket list. Take just one single step and THEN another and THEN another. Get the ball rolling one exhilarating step at a time.
Just know this.
Whatever you do today is creating an energy that will be a driving force for you to continue on that path and momentum is the reason. So work with it! It’s a gift from god that isn’t going away. It’s going to keep it’s hand on your back shoving you deeper in the hole or lifting you up to the next level. The trick is that you must make the conscious decision to be the guide or you will be led by your current environment instead of moving forward.