During 2009, God willing, I will participate in a few 5K and 10K runs. Of course to successfully do this it takes training, especially since I’m competitive and want to finish with a great time. Unfortunately, I’m experiencing the effects of not building sufficient momentum in my race training. Perhaps you can relate to this dilemma with some of your own goals for 2009. So I decided to highlight three of the essential elements needed to build and maintain momentum.
1. State your vision
- It has been written that “A people without a vision will perish.” It’s so very necessary to have a big picture of what you want your life to be. It needs to be written, not just residing in your head. Otherwise you’re just hoping to have enough strength to make it from one day to the next. I’ve been there and done that. It’s not a nice place to visit, and you definitely wouldn’t want to live there.
- Create a visual image of your dreams. Doing this, along with the written description will help it to reside in both the left and right sides of your brain.
- Your vision will sustain you and redirect your energies when the going gets tough.
2. Create your goal
- Be a specific as possible. What will it look like? How will it feel when you have attained your goal? If you’re not clear on these things, how will you be sure if and when you have achieved your goal?
- Develop a plan of action. So many people stop at the creation of the goal and end up in what I call “Resolution Land” which is just around the corner from “Someday Isle.” You may know people that live there. They say things like “Someday I’ll clean out that closet. Someday I’ll start the fitness program my doctor suggested.”
- Keep it visible; don’t let it fall off the radar. Remember out of sight out of mind!
3. Join a Mastermind group (or Hire a Coach!)
- This generates energy and action-oriented thought
- It also creates accountability, which is always helpful. You have a group of people to inform whether or not you followed through on your commitments. Nothing produces action like being held accountable by people you respect.
- You also get the perspective of others, to increase your awareness of some areas that may be blind spots for you. This has been enormously helpful for me as I work with my Coach.
Often the most energy and effort are required on the start up of any worthwhile endeavor. I’m continuing to gear up for my next race (wish me luck)! While I do so, I will keep in mind these 3 steps to creating momentum: State your vision, Create your goal, and Join a Mastermind group (or Hire a Coach!).
Do you remember Newton’s first law of motion? It says, an object at rest tends to stay at rest and an object in motion tends to stay in motion with the same speed and in the same direction, unless acted upon by an unbalanced force. In the most important areas of your life, are you at rest or are you in motion? Is your motion going in the direction you desire? If you don’t like your answers to these questions, what will you DO about it? That is my challenge for you today. Remember that I’m here to help!Share