Momentum: Two tips for accelerated success

Time“I could be so successful, if only I had more time…”

Have you ever heard yourself saying, “If only I had more time…” then finishing that sentence in your head with a sad realization that if you had more time you’d probably fill that gifted time with more harried, hassled, stressful tasks that would leave you even more exhausted than you already are?

Time, precious time

As author Harvey Mackay taught us, time is the one commodity that we can’t reproduce, alter, capture or revisit. Each of us is afforded the same quantity of time on a given day, day after day. Yet how we use that time makes all the difference.

Think about the Food Network television show, “Chopped,” where several chefs are presented with a mystery box and a tiny window of time with a mission to create fabulous food fare. Invariably, one of the contestants groans after the clock runs out and Chef Ted marks “Time’s up!”  The contestant stares at the unfinished dish below and states as if it’s the first time this has ever happened, “I ran out of time” as their reason for not including all of the required ingredients on their plate, or for not cooking their dish to the judges’ satisfaction. But remember, each chef had the same ingredients, the same cookingtimesup station, the same pantry, and the same amount of time. Why were the other chefs able to finish on time with the intended delicious outcome, while Joe Too-Late is still standing there with a raw slab of pork on his station?

 

 

 

So how can we make the most of this precious, limited resource? How do the super-successful time managers seem to breeze through their tasks and still have time to show up at the kids’ soccer games or catch a concert in the park?

One way to optimize your moments, days, weeks and months, is to make time work for you by transforming your time into a force multiplier by harnessing its power in an intentional direction. I’m talking about creating and sustaining momentum.

What is momentum?

While considering the recent passing of my favorite sports writer, Frank Deford, I recalled what I consider to be his most poignant commentary, a short NPR radio article on “momentum.”  It talked of the power of perceived momentum in a competitive sports game. Momentum can be so powerful that it’s like having an extra player on the field. An extra player on the field?  Hmmmn, I thought…like having more of you…or more time…or both! So I decided to look up the definition of this momentum, ’cause I needed to get me some. Then good ol’ Merriam Webster did it again. Dishing out inspiration from the dictionary. Check out the definition of momentum:


mo·men·tum

mōˈmen(t)əm, məˈmen(t)əm/
noun
noun: momentum; plural noun: momenta
  1. Physics. The quantity of motion of a moving body, measured as a product of its mass and velocity.
  2. The impetus gained by a moving object. “The vehicle gained momentum as the road dipped

Momentum – How to get it

If you’re looking for momentum in your life, you can achieve it in two ways:

 

  1. LAUNCH FORWARD FROM THE BAD: Transform negative energy into positive momentum
  2. HARNESS AND MULTIPLY THE GOOD: Capitalize on positive energy, making it a force multiplier

Tip #1: LAUNCH FORWARD FROM THE BAD: Transform negative energy into positive momentum

Gaining momentum from the dip in the road

The first way to bring momentum into your life is by turning a “downturn” into positive energy toward a better situation.

Recall the above example from the dictionary that illustrated the use of the word momentum: “The vehichle gained momentum as the road dipped.”  Positive energy from a negative downturn. That’s it! As life has its ups and downs, we can actually use the negative, uncomfortable road-dipping experiences and energy to generate momentum!  Impetus, gained by moving forward! 

So, positive momentum can be generated by transforming negative energy and experiences into a force multiplier, propelling us forward toward our next goal. “Use the pain!” as my exasperated physical trainer might say to me as I whine through yet another set of 20s.

This concept of using the power of a negative experience to generate positive life force is a familiar one to me. It brings me back to an old addage I used when I was a clinical psychologist trying to help patients find hope when they felt like they were drowning in life’s troubles…”Sometimes, hitting bottom provides you a solid base to push off from, and allows you to gain upward momentum to fresh air above the water’s surface.”

Tip #2: HARNESS AND MULTIPLY THE GOOD: Capitalize on positive energy, making it a force multiplier

Sustain

momentum by adding fuel to your positive fire

child-on-swingThe second way to harness momentum in your life is by taking a positive expeirence, moment, feeling, achievement,  relationship forward with additional positive energy.  I’m sure you remember the junior high school gym teacher explaining that “energy begets energy,” and that the more you exercise, the more energy you will feel.”

 That’s the power of a force multiplier. It’s like adding a gentle push to a child on a swing as they are moving forward. Just enough added energy, and the child is beaming with delight as the swing reaches higher toward the sky.

Take a positive element of your life, say a successful workout session or a well-received presentation at work. Multiply that energy by sharing your success with a loved one. Journal it. Get in your car and jam to your favorite tune in celebration of that success. Take a selfie to show your progress from your workout. Place a memento of your success into an “emotional bank account” folder that you can dip into on rainy days when you aren’t feeling so great. Take that positive momentum and make it last longer by sharing it, celebrating it, crystallizing it and honoring it.

What the Experts Say

Consider these thoughts on Momentum from Thrive Global’s Benjamin P. Hardy in his article, “The 2 Mental Shifts Highly Successful People Make:

Momentum is essential

“When you experience positive momentum, you’ll never want it to stop.” — Dan Sullivan, founder of Strategic Coach

Finally, people who have experienced this first mental shift really care about momentum. They’ve worked hard to develop their momentum and know what it feels like to not have momentum.

Being without momentum is rough. It’s how most people live their lives. And without momentum, results are minimal, even with lots of effort.

Consistency is key to developing momentum. You get it by putting intentional effort toward a singular goal or vision, and eventually the compound effect takes over. It’s as though several outside sources are working for your good. Because, they are.

Keeping momentum once you have it, then, becomes very important. Hence, you must maintain a thirst for continual learning and growth.

Okay, now it’s your turn.  It’s your opportunity to make the most of the precious, limited time we have.  Enter a comment below to share how you will create and sustain momentum in your life.

Carpe momentum!

Susan

Susan E. Hendrich

New life chapter – house for sale

New life chapter – house for sale

Next Chapter

This house provided shelter. One never felt alone.

The people lived inside it. The love made it a home.

The time has come to pass it. Next chapter calling me.

Some other souls should have it. New life awaits. Come see.

www.psre.com/2702

Great opportunity to own a charming brick colonial in the desirable well established North Wilmington community of Carrcroft! This home features hardwood floors through out and a private wooded setting. The expansive living room has a fireplace perfect for entertaining. Renovated kitchen features 42″ cabinets, granite counters and stainless steel appliances. The cozy family room has beautiful built-in shelving, ceiling high brick fireplace and a charming window seat with storage. French doors lead to a trex deck and brick patio perfect for enjoying the tranquil wooded views and creek. A private study/bonus room and first floor laundry complete the first floor. The gracious oak staircase leads to four spacious bedrooms and a completely renovated Hall bath with travertine tile. The large 17×13 Master bedroom is appointed with a walk in closet and full bath. Additional upgrades include a whole house insulation upgrade (2011), newer roof (2007) and replacement windows. One year home warranty included. The location can’t be beat for easy access to I-95 and shopping.

 

Here are the additional photos for 1216 Hillside Boulevard, Wilmington, DE 19803-4212

Welcoming foyer

Welcoming foyer

Dining room

Dining room

42" cabinets & stainless appliances

42″ cabinets & stainless appliances

Neutral granite countertops

Neutral granite countertops

Family room w/ fireplace

Family room w/ fireplace

French doors leading to deck & patio

French doors leading to deck & patio

Window seat w/ storage overlooking backyard

Window seat w/ storage overlooking backyard

First floor study

First floor study

Original built in cabinetry

Original built in cabinetry

Large Master with hardwood floors

Large Master with hardwood floors

Master bath w/ stand up shower

Master bath w/ stand up shower

Large Master walk in closet-lots of storage!

Large Master walk in closet-lots of storage!

Updated Hall bath

Updated Hall bath

New Travertine tiles

New Travertine tiles

Bedroom 2

Bedroom 2

Bedroom 3

Bedroom 3

Bedroom 4

Bedroom 4

Trex maintanence free deck

Trex maintanence free deck

Patio perfect for a fire pit & smores

Patio perfect for a fire pit & smores

2 car garage with large driveway

2 car garage with large driveway

Private wooded level lot

Private wooded level lot

Stream w/ it's very own beach!

Stream w/ it’s very own beach!

Your new community!

Your new community!

 

Contact Information

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Peggy Centrella, REALTOR®
Direct 302-234-5229
Office 302-239-3000
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Property Information

Offered at $364,900
Status Active on market
Community Carrcroft
Type Single/Detached
Design 2 Story
Style Colonial
Bedrooms 4
Full/Partial Baths 2/1
Age 59
Taxes $3612
Fireplace Two
Heating Oil
Cooling Central Air
Approx. Acreage 0.36

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