7 Quick Things You Can Do Today To Build Momentum

by Aimee Wojtowecz

You’re on your way! You have a goal in mind, you’re working hard to get there. It might be you’re working on something personal, like a fitness goal, or it might be you’re concentrating solely on your career right now. Whatever it is you’re working towards, you’re ready for it. You can’t wait to see the culmination of all this hard work. 

…only everything seems to be moving soooo sloooooow…

What you might be lacking is momentum. Momentum is what pushes you into action. It speeds you up as you work the steps and keeps you going. So, what do you do when momentum is lagging? Easy. You find ways to build it. Try these quick tips guaranteed to get things moving:

Visualize the Future
Take some time to consider where you’ll be in six months. What about next year or the next five years? Seeing yourself in the future is a really positive way to keep your momentum going. If you can get excited about the you of tomorrow, you’ll find yourself fighting to become that person right now. Be as detailed and specific as you can here. What does that future you do? How do they fill up their day to reach their goals? 

Get Up and Do Something
It’s easy to grow stagnant. Less daylight and colder weather means more time inside than most of us would like. Rather than binge-watch the latest Netflix sitcom, how about getting up to create some mischief of your own? Go play a game, take a walk, spend time with friends. Do things that fill your cup. You’ll find yourself far more refreshed and ready to tackle those goals. 

Learn Stuff
An active mind is a creative mind. The act of learning, even in small increments such as 10-15 minutes a day, will still improve cognitive function. Grab that sudoku, listen to a podcast, sit down at your piano. In short, by keeping your mind active, you will pick up momentum.

Act When You Don’t Feel Like It
If you’re waiting for the muse to strike, stop. There will never be a perfect time to work. Momentum means keep going, even when you don’t feel like it, ESPECIALLY when you don’t feel like it. If you need help with accountability we have tools to help with that!

Put Your Phone Away
Giving yourself the gift of uninterrupted time does wonders for momentum. By turning off your phone for an hour, (yes that hour before bedtime is necessary!) you’ll give your brain the freedom to relax, recharge, explore, and move forward. If that seems like too much, start with 30 minutes… or 10… or 5!

When it comes to momentum, if you’ve found you’re slowing down, it might be because what you’re doing just isn’t working anymore. In this case, sometimes the smartest thing to do is to stop. Don’t waste time beating your head against a wall when you could be making progress elsewhere, set up a goal review session and let us help you come up with a custom plan. 

Do Something Scary
Sometimes you need a challenge that pushes you to new limits. When you do what’s easy, momentum can stall. This is why it’s so important to challenge yourself to do the things you never thought you would, like lifting heavier weights!

Remember, whatever you can find to help keep the momentum going, embrace it! If affirmations help, post a bunch of them everywhere. I have sticky notes everywhere in my house! Put on music to get you moving and dance around your kitchen while cooking dinner. Create a social life around people who support you wholeheartedly. You’re the one in charge, it’s up to you to act.