“It’s hard to build momentum if you are divided in your attention.”
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Most people are familiar with the phrase “United we stand, divided we fall.” As we nod in agreement, our thoughts often lean toward communities or teams that need to pull together to achieve a worthy goal.
These days, our attention may also include numerous global issues that require a united front.
Today’s quote offers a shift from the macro to the micro.
It points us inward to our individual worlds and frequent forays in multiple directions that often get us nowhere.
Where do you find your attention divided in your personal or professional efforts?
How and where would a more focused approach generate the momentum you need to achieve what you most desire?
“If you have achieved any level of success then pour it into someone else. Success is not success without a successor.”
—T.D. Jakes, American author and filmmaker
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Who are the people in your personal and professional life that helped you get where you are today?
When I was in my mid 30s, I participated in a year-long seminar called the Wisdom Course. Among the various assignments given was the goal to create a visual and written autobiography of my life.
Beyond going through tons of family photos and a yearbook or two, we were challenged to reach out to many of these individuals to acknowledge their significant influences and acts of generosity.
How have you paid forward life lessons with family, friends, and colleagues?
With whom can and will you generously offer your coaching and support to help them be all they can be?
Don’t be surprised when your own success and satisfaction get a boost of momentum from the law of “Givers Gain.”
“The older I get, the greater power I seem to have to help the world. I am like a snowball — the further I am rolled, the more I gain.”
—Susan B. Anthony, 19th Century American social reformer and women’s rights activist
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Susan B. Anthony spent her life working for women’s rights. In 1888, at the age of 68, she helped to merge the two largest suffrage associations into one — The National American Women’s Suffrage Association, then led the group until 1900.
She traveled around the country giving speeches, gathering thousands of signatures on petitions, and lobbying Congress on suffrage for women.
Susan died in 1906, 14 years before women were given the right to vote. The 19th amendment was passed in 1920, one hundred years after her birth.
Who are some notable people from history who kept rolling and picked up steam well into their golden years?
How and in what ways can and will you continue to gain momentum and contribute the work of your heart and hands to the world?
“Take a massive baby step.”
—Liz Wiseman, Author Of Multipliers
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There is something about oxymorons – such as the one presented in today’s quote – that appeals to me. A few that always get me thinking are:
- Awful Good
- Crash Landing
- Original Copy
- Student Teacher
- Working Vacation
And of course, my favorite: JUMBO SHRIMP.
Placing these contrary terms next to one another causes me to ponder life’s inherent conflicts and incongruities.
As a coach, I often encourage my clients to take the first steps toward their goals and objectives. Once they overcome inertia, the momentum of the first baby steps often lead to the next and then the next.
What area of your personal or professional life might call for a massive baby step?
What might life look like from where you stand once you do?
Consider seeking the help of a close friend, family member, mentor, or coach for added support.
“Yesterday already had its turn. Give today a shot.”
What was yesterday like for you?
Go back 24 hours to see where you were, who you were with, and what you were doing. How would you rate this day compared to most?
What criteria do you use for higher versus lower ratings?
Did you get off to a quick start, keep up your energy and momentum and finish strong, or something less remarkable?
The good news, if you rated yourself high, is that you get to do it again with a few bonus outside the box efforts. The other good news is that even if your yesterday(s) were not so hot, you get to give today another shot.
Please consider using one of my favorite quotes by Tuli Kupferberg to guide today and many more of your tomorrows – When patterns are broken, new worlds emerge.
“When the water starts boiling it is foolish to turn off the heat.”
—Nelson Mandela, late South African anti-apartheid political leader
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On most mornings I wake up very early and head to the health club to kick start my day. My club is located near my office, about 15 miles from my home.
Given the light traffic at this early hour, I do my best to avoid stop lights by adjusting my use of the gas pedal and brakes. This maintains my momentum and improves my fuel efficiency.
What are some of your personal or professional projects in which the water is already boiling?
How can and will you keep adding another log to the fires of your current momentum to achieve even more extraordinary outcomes?
“When a dog runs at you, whistle for him.”
—Henry David Thoreau, 19th Century American essayist and historian
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If you have ever swum in a river, rowed a boat, or hit a golf ball, you have experienced the concept of going with the flow, and the underlying phenomenon of momentum.
When we put forth our efforts in the same direction, we discover the synergy and compounding benefits of the forces of wind and current.
Where in either your personal or professional worlds are you in the flow of success, with the wind at your back, or going with the current?
What additional encouraging efforts can you apply to these situations to more fully realize extraordinary levels of achievement?
“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.”
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Take a moment to recall the day you learned to ride a bicycle. If you cannot recall this event, perhaps the experience of teaching your own children is more vivid in your mind.
Sitting on a bike in a stationary position is never an option, although at first it might appear a safe way to proceed.
Only with some speed and forward momentum does the elusive concept of balance become apparent, with all sorts of new places to visit and explore!
Where in your personal or professional worlds have you lost your sense of balance because of lack of movement?
Where would forging forward help you regain the balance you deeply desire?