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Friday, February 3, 2012

Where is Your Momentum Taking You?

Momentum is a funny thing. It works just as well when you're going down hill as it does when you're headed up. It doesn't matter which direction you roll a snowball, it accumulates white powder. It grows bigger.

And it's the same way in everyday life. When we're running our race--whatever that may be--a single misstep can lead to a stumble. Once we're out of contention for first place, the reason you began running begins to blur out of focus. A single event can break your momentum...or more precisely send you tumbling in the opposite direction.

When you think about momentum being the force at work, then all you have to do when you find yourself off track is take a single step in the opposite direction. That driving force that pulled you away, will push you back toward your goals.

One step in a positive direction can lead to two, and before you know it your back in the race.

Of course, momentum is not the only determining factor in whether or not you reach your goals. You can't coast on it. Hard work, a bit of luck and many factors that are out of your hands are often at play. What momentum can do is fuel your fight. It can keep make obstacles look miniscule and prompt you to work a little harder or longer.

So, the next time you begin a journey and you're hesitating at taking those first steps. Remember they are the hardest. With each subsequent one you'll pick up the momentum that will carry you to the finish line.

Constance Phillips spends all of her spare time spinning paranormal and contemporary romantic tales. You can read her observations on life as a writer, mother and wife at her blog, friend her on facebook and follow her on twitter.


Kristina Knight said...

great advice, Connie! I forget who said it, but one of my favorite quotes is 'a journey begins with one step'.

Constance Phillips said...

Thanks, Kristina, I love that quote too. Same as we say in the group "baby steps count."

Ayda Recknagel said...

Ooh, love the snowball analogy! It really hits the mark for me. Thanks for the great post, Connie!!

Patrice Kavanaugh said...

Hi Connie, Great post. It's so true that momentum can work in your favor...or not! So, why not try and use it to your advantage? Speaking of which, I just finished my writing session for the day. Trying to keep the momentum working in my favor, one session at a time!

Constance Phillips said...

Thanks, Ayda. I have to remind myself all the time, that I can use all that energy that's pulling me down to push me up too.

Patrice: Congrats on finishing your words for the day. Baby steps! They all add up.

Sloan Parker said...

So true, Connie. Getting started can be the hardest part, but once we get going that momentum can build and build. Add with that creativity and hard work and just think of what we can accomplish.