How to create your unique personal momentum

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How to create your unique personal momentum

“I challenge you to make your life the masterpiece you want to paint, the novel you want to read, the day you want to wake to.” ―Toni Sorenson

Eat your frog” is a popular life tip for conquering procrastination and accomplishing more. It is based on the best-selling book, Eat That Frog: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time which is founded on a Mark Twain quote that goes like this, “If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. And if it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first.”

The idea behind the tip is relatively simple: Do your least-favorite, most-important task first thing in the morning. You can spend the rest of your day knowing you’ve accomplished something difficult. And easily find the energy and motivation to accomplish more-enjoyable tasks.

I understand the premise of the productivity tip, I really do. I know a large number of crazy successful people who swear by it. And sometimes, it is the perfect way to start your day.

But other times, it is more important and effective to simply build some momentum into your day first. If you are familiar with athletics in any capacity, you already know the importance of momentum. You understand how one little success can change the demeanor of an entire team—one turnover, one blocked shot, one forehand winner down the line. Momentum begins to grow, confidence builds, and the impossible becomes achievable.

In a similar fashion, a good friend of mine makes her bed every single morning. It helps her room and house look cleaner. But more importantly, she says it sets the stage for the rest of her day. One small accomplishment within seconds of waking up. One task completed. Even though small, the brain registers the completed task as a success—and puts momentum for the day on her side.

Little victories lead to big victories. Small accomplishments lead to larger ones. Momentum builds. We begin to feel productive. And the impossible becomes achievable.

Of course, we know that not everyone who makes their bed in the morning has an entirely productive day. Often times, momentum begins to wane as setbacks occur and realities of the day set in. But when they do, our most productive step is to look again for a small victory. Compete one small task in its entirety and rebuild momentum. This principle holds true in almost every pursuit—academics, business, homemaking, and parenting, just to name a few.

How then, might we go about creating this momentum in our lives? What are some opportunities available to us each day?

12 Simple Opportunities to Create Momentum in Your Day

1. Make your bed. Gretchen Rubin, author of the Happiness Project, writes that when asking people what happiness-project resolution has made a big difference in their happiness, many people cite the modest “Make your bed.” It is quick and easy. Available every morning. And makes a big difference.

2. Cook your breakfast. There is something very satisfying about giving yourself enough time in the morning to cook your breakfast. And while Paul DeJoe believes in taking the time to craft the World’s Greatest Omelet, sometimes just allowing enough time to cook scrambled eggs, toast, and juice is enough to get the momentum in your corner.

3. Take a shower. Whether you work at home or the office, starting your day with a fresh slate both mentally and physically can be very helpful. I have been working from home for the last 4 months and have found one of the most important keys to productivity is simply taking a shower, getting dressed, and putting on shoes before I get started.

4. Eat a healthy lunch. Lunches can be pretty hit-or-miss sometimes. We make a sandwich, grab leftovers from the fridge, or make a quick trip through the drive-thru. Often times, our choices set us back for the entire afternoon. Become intentional about eating a healthy lunch. Your body will be energized for the rest of the workday. And your mind will take pride in the healthy accomplishment.

5. Hit the gym. Go for a run/walk. Recently, running has become one of my favorite afternoon momentum builders. But when I had less flexibility in my workday, spending 45 minutes at the local gym before arriving at the office had significant influence on my day. I used a number of different workout routines over the years, but when I wanted something effective, short, and full-body, I used the Geek-to-Freak workout routine championed by Tim Ferriss.

6. Create a to-do list. I always work better with a to-do list in front of me. It focuses my attention and motivation. And sometimes, just taking the time to write one down can be a helpful step in the right direction.

7. Complete an enjoyable, challenging activity. We all have things we enjoy doing more than others. When you sense your productivity beginning to fade, choose something productive that you’ll enjoy completing. Make it challenging and productive and you’ll begin to feel a change in your attitude towards the less-enjoyable tasks.

8. Take 5 minutes to clean up one small area in your environment. Whether at home or the office, taking a small break from your current project to clean out an area can help clear your workspace and your mind. Remove distractions by clearing off your desk or bookcase. Clean your surfaces or quickly sort out a drawer. The feeling is great. And with the clutter removed, you will be a more efficient worker on the other side.

9. Write 750 words. Whatever your skill set, the process of sitting down to write words can be beneficial. It stimulates your brain and helps to clarify your thoughts. As Dawson Trotman once said, “Thoughts disentangle themselves when they pass through the lips and fingertips.” The words don’t even need to be shared. Just commit to writing 750 words (or you could try 500) about anything on your heart. You’ll find it therapeutic. And probably far more momentum-building than you ever thought.

10. Wash the dishes after dinner. The intentional habit of washing the dishes and cleaning the kitchen after meals is an important one for me. It is the final step in our family meal. It is an important accomplishment. And when the kitchen is clean, evenings feel freer and more alive.

11. Reset your home before going to bed. Find a simple, 10-minute evening routine that works for you and your family. You will end your day on a note of accomplishment and start your morning with a clean slate. Even at the end of the day, you can build momentum for the next. And your mind will be less cluttered at the office tomorrow if your living area is less cluttered at home.

12. Make out with your spouse. Seriously. He’ll be happy. She’ll be happy. And ideally, both of you will feel fulfilled afterwards. Whether this is accomplished in the morning, afternoon, or evening, everyone feels better about themselves and more prepared for the far less-exciting responsibilities that lie ahead.

Your most important work needs to be completed. But sometimes, the most productive thing you can do is set yourself up for success in a small way. And allow momentum to carry you forward.

The hardest part of starting any new project is starting. It could be any project, from losing weight to starting a business. At first you get an idea. As that idea bounces around your head, you feel a need to act on it. As you are prepping ways to accomplish this idea, a few months later, it hits you: you haven’t even started yet.

The longer you let that idea bounce around in your head, the more likely you are to catch one of the five deadly mindsets Derek Magill, director of marketing at Praxis, blogged about yesterday. But what if you’re still struggling to start and aren’t plagued by one of the deadly mindsets? You have failed to create momentum.

Momentum is the key ingredient you need to create. But it’s counterintuitive. In order to create momentum you first need to create.

What’s that saying about the good things in life don’t come easy? Did they ever realize the process was more rewarding than the end result?

Why? The process is filled with momentum.

Cultivating Momentum

Have you ever watched a football game? Your team has a big lead, everything is going their way, it seems like they can’t mess up. They score possession after possession. Then suddenly, it’s third down and they’re short by a few yards, or they throw an interception. Then the momentum shifts to the other team.

Now they are the ones who can do no wrong. The game ends, and the 20-some lead you had has vanished, and your team has lost. I’m a big Steelers fan, so I see this happening quite often, on either side.

Momentum is what makes Ben Roethlisberger a top 3 quarterback at times, and conversely, what makes him look like a seasoned second stringer other times.

Creating momentum in your own life isn’t nearly as difficult as it is on the football field. You don’t have the most athletic selection of mankind competing for momentum in a fixed pie scenario, constrained by four quarters in your own life. No, you only have to compete against yourself.

How I Create Momentum

In March, I was in the second month of the Praxis bootcamp. My goal? Write every single day. I’m two days into April, and I have two blog posts to show for it. Momentum begets more momentum.

Even when you lack motivation, you can still create momentum with other productive, but humdrum activities.

In April, this is one of my areas of focus.

I’ve been reading The Boron Letters by Gary Halbert. The first half of the book has Gary teaching his son Bond (also referred to as: Bondo, Bondo-dog, Bondy) life lessons and copywriting tricks, through letters while locked in prison.

The letters are humorous and light, while being packed with knowledge. In his first letter, Gary informally coins the term “road work”. Road work is walking, jogging, or running for one hour a day, as soon as you get up in the morning.

This is the best way to start any morning, according to Gary. It gets you active, both physically and mentally.

In other words, it creates momentum.

This is one of my daily goals for the month of April. I’ve given myself some slack. My “road work” will consist of a half hour to an hour a day of walking, jogging, or running.

It’s a great way to listen to podcasts (at 2x speed of course) too.

That’s one of the ways I plan to create momentum this month. So far, it’s working.

What’s one of the ways you plan to actively create momentum in your own life? Try making it a goal for this month, and let me know how much better you feel in May.

By Erica Olsen

How to create your unique personal momentum

Creating momentum in your life takes increasing the things that move you forward and decreasing those that hold you back. Sounds like a snap, but I know, just like you do, that living a life that we desire is not always easy to achieve. We have habits and repeat cycles to overcome. But by creating momentum, we can move past those and move toward the life we want.

Momentum, by its nature, requires a lot of upfront push to get the ball rolling. Here are ten tips to jumpstart the momentum in your life:

Create your picture of success and make it a reality. It’s true – if you can’t see your vision of success, you’ll never get there. So what does success look like for you day to day? How do you want to spend your time? How do you want to define success for yourself this year. Write your vision down and post it somewhere you will see it everyday.

Know what you love and do what you love. You know what they say, either fix the problem or quite complaining about it. If you hate your job, get a new one. Go to school and learn a new profession. Start that business you’ve always dreamed of. Pick up that crazy hobby you’ve been thinking about. Sound too scary? Facing too many roadblocks (time, money, naysayers)? Why not tackle one of them. Explore your options, and then take action. There is no time like the present!

Pick a BHAG. What is that big, hairy, audacious goal you want to achieve this year that will help you step into your vision of success? Write it down along with the one thing you can do today to make it happen. Here is an example of the power of a written goal: A study was conducted among a graduating class at Harvard to see how many had concrete goals around how much money they wanted to make. Only 3% had written their goals down. Ten years later, that 3% were making more than the other 97% combined! Now that is power!

Eliminate your energy drains and recharge yourself. Energy drains are those things that drag you down. Things that recharge your energy can be anything that inspires you and puts you in a good mood, like a room in your house, a place to relax, an activity, or a person. Spend more time doing the things that give you energy and stick a post-it next to each drain with an idea for getting rid of it.

Remove your fears. The greatest source of procrastination is often a deep-seeded fear – fear of success, change, failure, ridicule, the unknown. Take a daily step to remove your fears by asking yourself every day, “What would I do today, if I were not afraid?”

Take control of your finances. Do you feel like you are on a treadmill, working more to pay for ever increasing bills? It seems like the more we work, the more we spend to do the things we don’t have time to do while we are working (housekeeper, take-out food, dry cleaner, etc.). Spend a little less here and a little less there and stop hemorrhaging money. Make sure what you purchase is in line with your values. Run a QuickBooks report to see exactly what you are spending your money on. What if you decreased every category (except maybe your mortgage and other loan payments) by 10%? Use your money to fuel your dreams instead of feeding the treadmill.

Create a braintrust. Identify a handful of people in your life who can help you move your life forward. Consider pulling from a wide range of backgrounds, ages, experience and opinions. Sometimes those who are most critical provide the best insights. Call on them together or individually to help you move past any roadblocks and keep the momentum going.

Find the time. One of the biggest challenges to having the life we want is finding the time to do all we want to do. Track how you spend your time for a week. At the end, tally up the time spent on each thing – such as sleeping, eating, shopping, checking email, etc. Look at each category. What things can you do to cut time in each area? Be creative and find the time to do what you love to do, instead of what you have to do.

Let things evolve. When the flywheel of momentum starts to turn, pay attention to clues, connections, and opportunities that are presented to you. Allow your future to unfold and change in ways you might not have been able to imagine when you started dreaming.

Commit to your dreams. Creating momentum starts with commitment. Commit to doing one of the ideas above that will move you closer to your dreams.

We all know that life is short. So, shouldn’t we all live the best life we possibly can?
Absolutely! Because remember – how we spend our days, is how we spend our lives.

How to create your unique personal momentum

1. Set powerful goals.

The most important benefit of setting goals isn’t achieving your goal; it’s what you do and the person you become in order to achieve your goal that’s the real benefit.

Goal setting is powerful because it provides focus. It shapes our dreams. It gives us the ability to hone in on the exact actions we need to perform to achieve everything we desire in life. Goals are great because they cause us to stretch and grow in ways that we never have before. In order to reach our goals, we must become better.

2. Get (and stay) motivated.

Make a decision to go all the way to the top. Up to now, you’ve thought about it. Up to now, it’s passed your mind. But now make up your mind to go all the way to the top, and your life will take off. It’s the most extraordinary thing.

Your life is like a shadow going up the dark side of a hill—until the moment you decide that I’m going to be the best at what I do. And suddenly you rise into the sunshine, and your life is forever after different—wonderful.

Get serious. Don’t fool around anymore.

3. Get inspired.

We all know inspiration when we feel it. Vladimir Nabokov described it as first, “a prefatory glow,” followed by a “feeling of tickly well-being.” After a few days, a lightning bolt hits you.

The idea grips you and furious napkin writing ensues. You forget to eat. You build a prototype. This kernel starts a nuclear chain reaction that fuels a lifelong undertaking.

OK, OK, it’s not always that profound. Sometimes inspiration takes you only as far as, I think I’ll have another coffee.

Like its cousin, motivation, inspiration seldom bowls you over. In its more common form, it’s a gentle hand on your shoulder, but it always moves you forward.

4. Learn good habits.

If we don’t learn good habits, life becomes more difficult. We have a choice: Get hard on ourselves so life becomes easier, or get easy on ourselves resulting in life getting harder.

Successful people choose good habits over a stagnant life. At first it might not seem like you are accomplishing much, but don’t be fooled. “Small hinges open big doors.”

Not all good habits are created equal. Some are more powerful than others. See the ones that will strengthen your confidence, help you get what you want and result in a satisfying journey.

5. Commit to improving yourself.

You’re never too busy for 10 minutes, which is all it takes to improve yourself just a little each day. You can de-stress using meditation, yoga or reading. Track your unhealthy spending habits. Learn a new language. The possibilities are endless. Stop prioritizing the busy parts of your life and make time for the important things, such as the constant development of your mental, physical and emotional well-being.

We compiled a list of 43 easy ways you can improve yourself in 10 minutes or less. Ready, set, go!

6. Summon the strength.

Have you ever held back from making a change or taking a chance, afraid of what might happen if you did? Have you ever stayed silent when there was something you really wanted to say, scared of ruffling feathers or being rejected? Have you ever thought to yourself, I wish I just had the guts?

If you have, you’re not alone.

As human beings, we’re wired for caution. We steer away from situations that expose us to the possibility of failing, losing face or feeling foolish. Our desire for safety and certainty pulls hard against our desire for growth and adventure.

If only I had the courage, we often say to ourselves, as though courage is something only a lucky few are endowed with. But that’s not true. Within you lies all of the courage you will ever need—to make that change or take that chance—in your work, relationships and life.

You just haven’t learned how to access it. Yet.

7. Act brave.

If you’re afraid, count down, 5- 4- 3- 2- 1, then act brave. At the heart of everyday courage is a choice. Five seconds at a time you make a decision to do, say or pursue what’s truly important to you. That’s why there’s such a tight bond between courage and confidence. Every time you face doubt and 5- 4- 3- 2- 1 right past it, you prove to yourself that you are capable. Every time that you beat fear and 5- 4- 3- 2- 1 to do it anyway, you display inner strength. Every time you 5- 4- 3- 2- 1 and smash your excuses, you honor the greatness inside of you that wants to be heard.

8. Start over if you need to.

A full-fledged restart is scary. But it’s those full-stop second chances in life end up being monumental breakthroughs in people’s lives.

When that fear strikes you, don’t expect it to go away. Dramatic restarts will always cause doubt, worry, uncertainty and fear. Anticipate that reality, and then honor the struggle. Expect there to be hardship, and decide that you will meet it as an opportunity to grow and show the world what you’ve got. Honor those big steps outside of your comfort zone because they will make you better.

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How to create your unique personal momentum

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How do you create and keep the momentum going in your life?

Sometimes in life, you don’t have anyone cheering you on.

You don’t have a crowd of fans encouraging you to follow your dreams.

You may find yourself stuck in a group of people who are complainers and constantly discouraging and finding reasons not to push forward in life.

What do you do when you are in the doldrums? In the hallway when all the doors seem to be closed?

It’s ideal to live in a community of friends and family that throw gas on the fires of your heart and encourage you when your down.

Healthy friends and family believe in you and will go out of their way to cheer you on. Healthy relationships create momentum on their own.

We all have found ourselves stuck in a life where we don’t have the motivation to move forward with an idea, a dream or something we desire to see.

You may have a hundred good reasons why you should give up and not move forward but that doesn’t mean you should stop!

I had hundreds of reasons why I shouldn’t start this website but I didn’t let those reasons stop me because I have the heart to help people break out of fear and walk into freedom.

Being a stay at home mom with 4 kids, it’s easy to get stuck in the same routine. Laundry and dishes are always there, it’s easy to fall into a slump of doing the same thing every day. It’s not until I forced myself to wake up and start creating, that I saw any changes. Change brings momentum.

It’s time to create momentum in your life.

And keep momentum going.

Sometimes in life, you have to just pull yourself up and move forward, even when you are walking alone.

When life gets comfortable, consistent, and ordinary you have to do something to wake it up.

If you wake up and continue to wear your pj’s all day, are you really going to feel like taking a risk?

Probably not. You have to force yourself to change your environment and create your own momentum. Here are a few ways to get you started.

Get dressed up every day. Sounds silly I know, but if you get out of bed and get dressed up…you are telling your mind that you have important things to do that day. Go ahead and do your hair or makeup. Prepare for something big.

The physical change actually changes the mindset you would have had for that day into a new pattern. By getting dressed you keep momentum going.

You are more likely to keep your head up high, think bigger thoughts, and venture out into the world. Staying in your sweatpants may sound comfy but it won’t bring any change to your life.

In order to create the momentum you have to think differently, and to think differently you have to physically make some changes. It’s too easy to get caught up in the same routine, which brings the same thought patterns and the same behavior.

You can’t expect change if you keep doing the same thing every day.

My next advice would be to have some self-respect and treat yourself better. You determine how others treat you by how you treat yourself. Cutting out the junk food in your life and choosing to eat healthy fruits and vegetables will not only clear your brain but also set a standard for your life.

You deserve to eat healthy foods. Your brain will fire better when you take care of yourself by eating healthy, getting proper sleep and sunshine compared to someone who eats fast food for every meal and slouches in front of the TV all day.

When you raise the standard of how you treat yourself you also raise the standard of who you hang around with and new people equal new opportunities.

Try to create an upbeat environment. Add music to your day, music that makes you come alive inside. Hide people on social media who spend all their time complaining. You don’t have time for those thoughts in your day. Brainstorm ways you can cut out negativity from your life.

You would be surprised how much just cleaning up the negativity from your news feeds can help. Evaluate your life and see what you can do to liven it up.

Try decluttering your house, keeping your environment clean and fresh will help your mindset declutter as well.

Try something new! You have no idea how many people I see complain their life is stale and boring yet they never do anything new. It’s important to never stop learning, stretch yourself and try new experiences. Why not sign up for a class in your local community. Go to an event you have been eyeing or thought was interesting.

Make a list of places you want to visit and then actually visit them! Making physical changes can really perk things up and open your eyes to what is available to you. You may even find a new friend that shares the same dream or vision that you do. People equal opportunities.

Your life can’t change if you never change. You have complete control over your life so if you look around and don’t like what you see…it’s time to make some changes. Changes keep the momentum going.

If you need help getting out of a rut or your just feeling stuck, I created the Love Yourself Healthy Devotional to walk you out of a mindset of lies into a place of truth and opportunity. You can’t prosper in life if you hate yourself. Change comes from the inside out. Your mindset really matters it’s how you create momentum.

You have to know that there are more possibilities waiting for you. You have to believe there are greater things in store for your life. Don’t settle for the lie that your future is dark. The best is yet to come!

If that doesn’t feel true to you, please check out Love Yourself Healthy and let me help you get those lies out of your head. Life is too short to assume your future isn’t going to be better than your now. You can start creating momentum today and turn things around.

Create momentum today and keep momentum going.

Let us know what you do to keep momentum going in your life.

How to create your unique personal momentum

Do you ever find yourself with a goal in mind and you know the actions needed to get there, but you just can’t seem to get yourself to act on them? Positive momentum is what propels you to act effortlessly. Momentum first starts in the mind. Like everything around us, it begins as a thought and ends as a tangible success.

Implementing the following steps will not only make reaching your goal more fun, super rewarding, and easier, but it will also make the journey the best part :

1 . Get yourself in a great feeling state

Whenever you want to create new momentum in a venture, the first step is always to get into a great feeling state. It is the most effective way to open up neural pathways and creativity in your mind. Humans naturally gravitate toward the subjects in their life that feel the best. Use positive emotion to saturate the idea of what you want.

That simple task will create a magnetic pull in your mind to what you desire. The most fertile place to plant the seed of this new idea is excitement! Every positive emotion about what you want waters it and helps it blossom. Meditation and breathing exercises are powerful techniques that foster the clean mental slate needed to create.

Tim Ferriss described that 80% of top performers in athletics, entertainment, and business employ daily meditation practices. Put happiness first. The best part of the process is dreaming about your destination. It’s the desire that we get the most juice. Once you get there you’ll feel like “Now what?” and a new desire will be there to take its place.

“Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.” – Colin Powell

2 . Go directly to the end goal

From a positive state, program where you desire to go into your mind. Visualize a clear destination . The clearer your mind can see it while maintaining that positive state, the more powerful the answer will light up within your brain. Inspiration comes from the excitement of mentally transporting yourself to the actualized achievement.

See it as a movie in your mind. Virtually see yourself there, feeling the positive emotions for as long as it feels good. Extensive airtime dreaming about your desire creates the momentum. Write notes as if you have what you want in the present tense. Say it as if you have acquired it already to begin conditioning your subconscious mind and emotions into the feeling of having it.

The wheels will begin turning because now your dream will have a minor physical representation of itself. This conditioning will eliminate sabotage and will instill a feeling of deservability the more it is done.

3 . Appreciation as fuel

Appreciation is the greatest internal motivator. Whatever you appreciate the crap out of, you create more of. The more you dream about the desired outcome, the more compelled you will be to take action and the more often positive things will come your way. If you appreciate them, they will grow. The milestones will grow and your momentum will exponentially increase.

The inspiration for better ideas will flow to you along with far more energy to act on them. Steve Jobs said, “ The only way to do great work is to love what you do .” Appreciation is the path to loving every part of the journey. Being thankful for all positive gifts coming your way will condition you to receive vastly more.

You want to keep your inner monologue pure. The more you think and talk about something, the more momentum gets created. If you create negative momentum, it will work against you. If you begin to think negative thoughts about your desired outcome, it will begin to feel like stress. When it feels like stress, you won’t feel like taking action. That’s why appreciation is so vital- it will always help you feel good about your goal making the inspired action feel effortless.

“Change your expectation for appreciation and the world changes instantly.” – Tony Robbins

4 . Letting it go

Overthinking kills momentum faster than anything. Give yourself a reprieve; life is about so much more than your goal anyway. Letting the subject go will bring a freshness to it in return. You avoid burnout and best of all create a more fulfilling life in other areas. Guiding your mind toward completely unrelated subjects will reset and refill your mental facilities.

Give yourself peace to find the clarity necessary to make the ideal decisions. This can come in the form of working out, taking a walk, going somewhere new, or anything that stimulates a different part of you!

Part of letting it go means keeping your ideas to yourself until they are solid in your mind. This allows them to stay clean from outside influence. Let go of the need to share your ideas before the momentum is powerful. The last component is taking each action in faith that you are on the way to your desire. Because what you are seeking, is also seeking you.

How do you craft meaningful content that persuades consumers? Use your passion for greater insights. 3 essential tips for using a passion to enrich content.

30-second summary:

  • Nearly half of all consumers consume plenty of content before deciding on a purchase, so brands should focus on crafting compelling, useful reads.
  • If you position your brand as a trusted source, people are five times likelier to look to you for pre-purchase information.
  • RAPP copywriter Jack Schuleman shares three tips for encouraging a team to use personal passions to write richer content.

Content is still one of the best ways to engage consumers. Create meaningful content, and you offer like-minded customers more reason to get involved and invested with your brand. Whether information is coming from peers, family, or brands, people like the feeling of being understood. That’s what meaningful content does. It makes the individual feel seen and heard.

Besides, nearly half of all consumers engage with copious amounts of content before arriving at a purchase decision. This is the perfect opportunity to persuade with a compelling, useful read and move the ultimate choice in your favor. It may also help position your brand as a trusted source, which has benefits of its own. Individuals will be five times more likely to look to you for information prior to a purchase, giving you yet another opportunity to persuade.

The question then is, how do you go about crafting a meaningful piece of content?

The power behind a passion

It all comes down to one two-syllable word: passion. Personal passion makes all the difference in the creation of meaningful content. It brings deeper insights into an intended audience. You already know what that community likes, engages with, and finds compelling. If you’ve spent a life immersed in a given subject, you know these people on an intimate level.

I’m a car guy. Anybody who knows me knows that. Working for an automobile client now, I’m able to incorporate my wealth of industry knowledge into the work — and get a little return on the years of magazine subscriptions. It’s allowed me to tap into not only my passion for cars but my understanding of the people who own and love them.

Take an SUV, for instance. One buyer’s interest stems from a desire to go off-roading regularly, while another may only use it to go to the mall. Other than the obvious, what’s the meaningful difference between the two? Where might their interests coincide? How can you speak to both effectively? My passion affords me a better understanding of how to write to either one of these customers, helping to craft more compelling and engaging content.

Unleashing the full enthusiasm

Using a passion to inform content is straightforward, but instilling this idea throughout a team can take some time. There’s a comfort level that varies from one person to the next. But there are few steps to make the process easier, and it goes something like this:

1. Find opportunities to utilize your passion

Integrating your passions into your work can certainly have a positive impact on your job performance. I can attest to that. It simply comes through in the work — and, best of all, consumers can feel it. When customers understand that the people behind the brand are passionate about the products, it sets an expectation: You can trust us to deliver quality goods. In fact, studies show that communicating passion in your advertising influences everything from purchase behaviors to brand attitudes. Look for the opportunities in the workplace to best utilize your passions. Ask to take part in that work.

2. Bring more of yourself to work

My previous team knew I was into cars, so they were more than willing to keep an ear to the ground should something on the automotive front open up. Had I decided to leave that part of myself at home, who knows whether I’d be working on that client today? Not that you need to divulge your entire personal life to co-workers, but sharing more of your “self” in the workplace allows you to bring your passions with you each day. You can more easily lean on your enthusiasm and do your best, most innovative work. There’s a lot of potential in that.

3. Give credit where credit is due

Whether ideas come from trade publications or industry events, lived experiences advance the work. So you should feel comfortable sharing its origin; it won’t make the idea any less valuable or worthwhile. And while on the topic, look for suggestions outside the confines of your department. Someone from customer service, for example, could provide valuable insights for your next marketing campaign. Ask for ideas. Challenge teams to bring new concepts to the table, and provide feedback on what you like most about it. The constant exchange can create momentum throughout your company and encourage everyone to think outside the box.

Speaking from a place of knowledge will always be more compelling. It simply provides an air of expertise that consumers respond to. Of course, each individual has only so many interests, which is why building a team with an eclectic mix of hobbies, passions, and lifestyles is essential to an agency or marketing department. The more backgrounds you can get, the better off your team will be — and you’ll see it in your content.

The Brand
Momentum Fitness was founded on the desire to foster healthy lifestyles of all different shapes and sizes. A gym, built on community, with trainers and members who encourage and inspire one another. Our name, Momentum, speaks to movement. Progress. Personal victory. And our roots are anchored in knowing that we have the ability to help women and men live more fully in the moment through healthier choices.

Our Unique Approach to Fitness
Our health club is large, but the community we’ve cultivated inside is tight-knit. The building itself has allowed us to create a unique club experience that contains a series of boutique studios inside. Of course, we have the standard cardio and strength training equipment. But we go beyond the basics. We’ve created spaces for functional training, yoga, dance cardio, and barre fitness programming.

Local Fitness Studio. Local Owners.
Our owners have been in the fitness industry for over 30 years. As local residents, they not only know Tallahassee but understand the ins and outs of the health club business. With Momentum, they are launching a personal vision to help others find fulfillment and joy in choosing a healthy lifestyle. They have put together a team of top-notch trainers, group class instructors, and friendly staff to help you seize your moment. We hope you’ll swing by for a chance to meet our team.

How to create your unique personal momentum

The Jack Rabbit is one of my absolute favorite rollercoasters at Kennywood Park in Pittsburgh. As much as I admire that it is one of the world’s oldest still-running roller coasters built in 1921, I think what I truly appreciate about it is the moment when there’s such energy and force that for just a couple of seconds you feel as though the coaster’s car leaves the tracks, suspended in the air. Of course, it doesn’t leave the tracks. It’s just that the coaster’s momentum gets you going so quickly that you feel weightless.

I grew up thinking momentum is that kind of energy. The strength – perhaps even moxie, courage or efficiency – necessary to keep going at a certain pace. Like, the momentum of a rollercoaster or experiments from 3rd period Physics or trains, planes, and automobiles. All things going somewhere else with a destination – goal – to reach.

But, what if you flipped that definition on its head – what if you defined momentum as an energy necessary to feel rooted? Like standing in Tadasana, or mountain posture, in a yoga class. All ten toes rooted on the ground; the starting position for all the standing poses.

Or – better yet – what is momentum is both rootedness and forward motion?

That’s the momentum Mariana Paiva is creating.

Mariana Paiva, based in Munich, Germany, is the creator of the Momentum planner. A fan of the paper planner, I appreciated its look and feel – but, moreover, its thought process. There was a personality test; space to brainstorm; strategic places to set goals. Those who think or plan visually are supporting the project well proving there’s an international need for this kind of thought and productivity organization.

It is part planner, part self-development tool, designed to teach, to guide, to coach. Paiva refers to it as a “concept” which is absolutely language you would expect to hear from a 15-year teacher turned product designer. She was committed to creating a tool that would show each person how to improve herself and that would encourage him to accomplish anything she sets out to accomplish.

“I wanted to create a tool that offered the necessary structure and direction for us to make improvements in our habits and in our lives,” says Paiva. “It reminds us every time we open it how simple this all is. If we take one small step everyday towards the person we want to be, by the end of the year we will have changed, and so will our lives.”

As much as I appreciate what Paiva is doing, she got me thinking seriously about the word “momentum”. What if momentum was always both rootedness and motion?

As much as this is a conversation about momentum, it’s really a conversation about self-awareness. The two concepts go hand-in-hand better than you initially think.

“In order to change, and to grow, you need to first understand who you are. You need to understand what’s behind your feelings and forms of behavior,” Paiva advocates. “Why you feel a certain way and why you react the way you do in a specific situation. This is self-awareness and it makes most of us feel uncomfortable, as we don´t always know how to deal with our limitations.”

In that sense, there’s no self-development and no momentum without self-awareness. That’s easier said than done. Anyone who has done that kind of deep, personal work knows that it takes time, effort, energy, attention.

So, what are three, smart, strategic yet easy to implement pieces of advice Pavia would give someone who wants to ignite their personal path to Momentum via self-awareness in 2017?

1. Break it down. Take each one of the goals you want to achieve in 2017, and break them down into many small steps. Then, take action every, single day. “The key is consistency,” Paiva recommends.

2. Be positive. Shifting your focus to the positive can have a tremendous impact on your happiness and on the happiness of the ones around you.

3. Think meaning x purpose. Do something that brings meaning and purpose back into your life. “This is two-fold – it will motivate you and will inspire others at the same time,” Paiva suggests.

Paiva’s advice got me thinking about the idea of where Momentum lives in each of us. Does it keep permanent residence is our respective heart, mind, or spirit? Or somewhere in all there? Or maybe the better question is what gives each of us our personal Momentum in the first place?

“The knowledge of your personality will allow you to recognize the unique individual that you are and will empower you to accept your strengths and to make changes, where you feel there is room for improvement,” Paiva believes. In that sense, our Momentum is deeply rooted in everything we are. It’s in there. It just needs to be sparked, reignited, recharged.

In writing this piece, I started writing the word momentum with a capital M – Momentum. And I think that’s the most accurate way to talk about her concept – as though it’s a person or a city or a holiday. Something we want to make room for in our lives. Or something that’s been there all along.

In his book The Art of Creative Thinking, Rod Judkins says this about Momentum: “When it comes to creative execution, the key is to get going – and keep moving.” Momentum is both strong roots and strong energy.

Your challenge is to make room for your personal Momentum – whatever that is, only you know – in 2017. You’ll feel more rooted and more weightless than ever before.

How to create your unique personal momentum

Build Career Momentum: Glenn Llopis Group

I recently met with a group of professionals in transition who were extremely uncertain about their future. They all previously enjoyed success but had lost their momentum in the past 3 years. Recent changes brought on by the economic climate have made it challenging to re-build their careers. Sound familiar? If you are in transition or not satisfied with your career and looking to reclaim the momentum that has been lost, ask yourself this question: Are you fully realizing the benefits of every resource at your disposal?

Whether you answered this question “yes or no” – you are probably unaware of all your resources and how to most effectively use them. This is the problem with most people who feel stuck in their careers: they don’t know what they don’t know. They are unaware of what is and is not a viable resource. In today’s marketplace you must be knowledgeable about what it takes to win in your work and to catapult your career. The rules are changing quickly and in many cases it’s up to you to create those rules yourself. This requires you to approach your career as if it were a field of unseen opportunities – with your eyes wide open, always aware of your surroundings; constantly moving steadily forward (not wasting any time) and continually testing your talent until you find what unleashes your passion and allows your creativity and entrepreneurial spirit to take root.

Only you know when you find your zone. It is when your talent is enabled in an environment where you are 100% focused and you are truly enjoying what you are doing. It’s when your job doesn’t feel like a job, but rather a mission or cause – that is purposeful and meaningful. This is when you have found your zone and can now create and sustain momentum in your career.

You must view yourself and your career as a business. You must know how to value your assets and know which assets enable the greatest results. Know the revenue streams you can impact most as this will guide you to more effectively manage the career choices you make and the opportunity you create.

When Olympian Michael Phelps failed to medal in Saturday’s games, it was a dramatic example of what can happen when you start to burn out and lose your will to compete. If you feel burned out, have lost your zone or are in search of a competitive edge – you can build momentum back into your career by leveraging the following five forgotten resources.

1. Establish Distinction

What makes you unique must be enabled. When you start to lose your momentum, you begin to believe that you have lost your competitive edge. Step back and reevaluate your career, what you have accomplished, and your trademark – the one big enduring idea that you instinctually deliver every day that makes you stand out from the crowd.

Package what distinguishes you from others. Not just your credentials, but those intangibles that have allowed you to deliver results, enable others and / or make you a great team player. If you get stuck in this process, think of what you naturally gravitate towards and the things that get you excited.

Too often, people lose the game before they play it.

Here is an exercise for you to consider: if someone were to write your Wikipedia page, what would it say and why would Wikipedia value it enough to publish? What types of publications would serve as your references.

2. Network Wisely

Until you have defined your distinctions, you can’t get the most out of networking. Networking is both an art and a science. Don’t just go through the motions; value your time and what you expect in return.

Networking must be strategic. It is one of those activities that people who are looking for momentum don’t leverage enough. It is one of the most forgotten resources that people still don’t know how to maximize. I talk about this in detail in my blog titled, 7 Reasons Networking Can Be a Professional Development Boot Camp.

Networking wisely means knowing how you plan to enable your distinctions to build new relationships, generate leads and get discovered.

3. Positive Mental Attitude

Yes, this is a forgotten resource. How you choose to think and your attitude has a direct impact on your career and ability to build momentum. Stop procrastinating and giving yourself reasons not to do things. You must stop creating your own uncertainty.

People complicate and confuse matters by allowing doubt to guide them rather than a positive mental attitude to inspire them. This is much easier said than done. It requires you to make a commitment to reevaluate your life, those people who are in it and the type of people you need to fuel your career momentum once again. This is why networking wisely is so important. You must align your career goals with what excites your mind and burns your belly – this begins with the right frame of mind and whom you allow to influence your attitude, focus and intentions.

Embrace the challenge, break old habits, innovate and reclaim the desire to compete.

4. Get an Executive Sponsor

A sponsor is someone willing to share their career momentum to help you find yours. A sponsor is proactive about helping you identify career opportunities and unconditionally protects you – they “have your back.” Sponsorship is a powerful relationship that is earned over time. It is much different than having a mentor. Where a mentor will be more reactive to your needs, a sponsor provides proactive guidance and is more fully vested in your career advancement.

5. Time

This may sound too simplistic, but you must never forget that time is your most valuable asset. How you use it, manage it and make the most of it has a direct impact on the momentum you build in your career.

Think of how you use your time today. Can you eliminate certain activities to better focus on the other aforementioned forgotten resources? Be critical as you can never replace time. Perhaps this is why you lost your momentum in the first place. To be certain, avoid these 6 types of people as you focus on building your momentum.

As we all acclimate to a workplace environment with fewer resources, more structure and increased restrictions and red tape – it makes it much more difficult to find the career momentum that you desire. However, we live in a moment of uncertainty where you must learn to create your own opportunities – previously unseen. These 5 forgotten resources will help you get back on track and give you the jump start you need to reclaim your career momentum.

How to create your unique personal momentum

My goal is to prepare organizations to lead in the age of personalization– to achieve maximum growth and significance in the workplace and marketplace – as the individual

My goal is to prepare organizations to lead in the age of personalization– to achieve maximum growth and significance in the workplace and marketplace – as the individual defines the business. My organization, GLLG, helps companies build high-performance leaders, teams and cultures focused on inclusion and the power of individuality. I am the author of the books: Leadership in the Age of Personalization, The Innovation Mentality and Earning Serendipity.