Why Momentum Is Important for Business Growth, and Happiness

Progress leads to happiness. But what is progress? The answer is, it's momentum and moving forward every day on things that are important to you.

Progress is what we all want in our lives to stay consistently happy. With everything in life, you're either moving forward or backward. If you're standing still, other people pass you, so technically, you're moving backward.

Starting something new is hard, but remember that when there's motion, there's action. Motion drives actions, and it creates momentum. As you take action, it drives more movement. New ideas come up. Motivation arises. And things that seemed impossible become a reality.

That's the power of momentum. It's feeling like everything is falling into place. You feel unstoppable, and everything works out your way. 

How to Use Momentum to Your Advantage

Begin with your goals. Start by asking, "What do I want to accomplish?" Set clear and precise objectives, because the more precise you are, the easier it becomes to move forward.

It's easier to take action if you have a clear vision. And you can use your goals as "fuel" to build momentum. The cycle continues because increased momentum will fuel new goals, and new goals will build more momentum. This is why your momentum is essential.

Having said that, be careful. Momentum is risky. For instance, picture a ball rolling down a hill. It starts at a low speed, then it picks up speed. This is good.

Then, imagine what happens if a rock blocks the ball. The ball either breaks or loses its speed and moves more slowly. For example, if you start writing an article each day, you'll gain momentum. Every day, you'll be motivated to write something, and new ideas will flow.
However, when something unexpected happens, and you're not able to write on a specific day, the next day, it becomes even harder to do so.

Losing momentum makes you lose focus, and it becomes hard to get things done.

To maintain momentum, keep fueling the engine even though you're already moving at your desired speed. Many people stop adding fuel as soon as they reach that speed; this causes them to lose momentum gradually, and before they know it, they're standing still. And they lose their focus.

Four Tips on Building Momentum

1. Believe

Believing is the difference between a world changer and a naysayer - people who think they can change the world and those who remain stagnant. Let no one steal your belief because it is the fuel behind every success.

2. Get a quick win

Success is contagious. When we succeed at something, we believe we'll keep succeeding. In your journey to do extraordinary things, don't go for the mountain; start by conquering an anthill. This quick win will set the tone and lay a foundation for future achievements.

3. Build on results

There is a considerable difference between actions and results. Many people focus on accomplishing things that don't help them move closer to their goals. Spend your time and energy on actions that produce results; those that move you closer to your goals. Every result enables us to see a little further and believes more.

4. Maintain a level head

The journey to achieving your goals is full of challenges, but always keep things in perspective. Don't get too excited when things are good, and don't get too low when things are bad. If you keep moving, you'll eventually achieve your goals.

Momentum provides an easier and more efficient form of growth. However, you need the ambition to break from using more resources to fuel it. Because the things that seem to push you forward are the same things pulling you back. Momentum doesn't happen by chance, and nor is it willed into existence. To achieve momentum, you need to understand its source, and then relentlessly fuel it.

About the Author Rich Thurman

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