Did you know that on average there is a plane taking off at Heathrow airport every 45 seconds? Why am I talking about planes, well it is the perfect example of building momentum. You aren’t going to turn on an airplane and expect it to instantly fly, you have to build up speed and then once you are up it gets much easier. That is kind of how business works, it is always tough at the start and you have to put much more work in, but then as you start building momentum it will get easier.
How do we build momentum? With consistency, this is the biggest key to building up that momentum. In the beginning it can seem a little overwhelming so I always start with small steps. Start with a couple of small things that you commit to each and every single day until it becomes a habit. They say it takes about 21 days to create a new habit, so once you have accomplished the first couple, then pick 2 or 3 more and commit to doing them each and every single day until they become habit.
What can derail your momentum? There are a number of things that can derail the consistency and therefore derail the momentum. Planning or lack of is one thing that can cause you to become unstuck. They say “if you fail to plan, you plan to fail”. Get into the habit of having a schedule and be disciplined to stick with it. Allocate certain amounts of time for each task and you will find yourself doing less paper shuffling. Learn to value your time; If you don’t value your time than others won’t either and you will probably find your time being taken up doing things for everyone else all the time. Don’t get disheartened; it can be easy to feel like a failure and like you are getting nowhere. You can change this by learning to count your wins everyday no matter how big or small. This will help you keep focused on the positive and not dragged under by the negative.
In summary, in order to help you create success you need to build momentum and this isn’t just for business, but can be applied to other areas of your life.
What is it going to take to get your plane off the runway?