The Power of Momentum
There is much fulfillment that accompanies the achievement of goals—whether it’s as simple as getting to work on time, taking a vacation, or starting the business of your dreams. Some call it “scratching off the bucket list,” while others—like me—call it “growing toward your truest you.”
Yet, often times, we start more things than we finish. And, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. But it can sometimes be a downer when that unfinished goal still lingers as a desire.
So, how do we get our innermost passions and goals actualized? How can we adequately assure that an idea or goal won’t fade into the “hopes of yesterday’s past?”
We build momentum.
Momentum is the sustainability factor that keeps the idea going and growing.
When we put a goal or idea into the world, whether by telling a friend, posting a blog post, tweeting, or more, we yield ourselves to an ecosystem that can support and help move that goal forward.
This makes me think about my team at Catalysts by Design (CXD). We’re almost one year old, and we have been able to get a lot accomplished this year. Our project, Design Serves, is turning into a hit so far with lots of support and achievements, our team is growing, and we’ve even been the case of a graduate business development project.
A lot of this is because of the momentum we’ve started building for it. CXD emerges from a manifesto written in 2009, and for a while it lied dormant in team leader’s heads. But once we reached the point where our desires outweighed our fears, we started to make things happen. We built a website, started a blog, pursued grants and funders, Kickstarted things, presented at conferences, garnered advisors and more.
So what are tasks that help to build such momentum? Here are some:
1. Set a monthly, weekly, and daily outlook for the goal. This provides a charter for assessing progress.
2. Put your action steps into the calendar or device that you use to organize your life. By integrating your goal into your daily life, you transition it into a habit.
3. Build your ecosystem of support. Don’t be afraid of the pressure that comes with accountability. Get people and resources rallying around your idea who are going to push you and help you achieve your goal.
4. Commit. Don’t make excuses. Eliminate fear.
5. Keep going. Act more than you think. Pursue opportunities that elevate your goal, and make it happen.
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