Momentum: A “Must-Have” For Every Startup! Every Business!
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Time is fleeting. That’s for sure. It’s close to the beginning of a new year. New goals. And new directions.
Of course, building, managing, and growing a business is complex, especially at the outset. It’s a project so much bigger than you are. Its sheer size and complexity can be daunting to the point of paralysis.
So, how do you create momentum in the face of a vast project? And once it’s made, how do you maintain it?
These are questions with no easy answers. Good news! Creating momentum is a process. Like any process, it can be studied. Learned. And ultimately mastered.
There are keys to building and maintaining that sense of momentum. These keys will help you unlock and build momentum. Regardless of your particular project or business, these keys apply.
The First Key: Forget About Right Angles
Nature abhors right angles. There are few straight paths in nature.
So why would you expect that there’s a straight path between you and your goal?
The odds are there isn’t a straight path. And that is fine. Welcome the crooked path, not as an obstacle, but as an adventure. Don’t be frustrated by the twists and turns along the way. Frustration is the enemy of momentum. Cherish that crooked path. Now follow it. Learn along the way to the achievement of your goal.
The Second Key: Discipline
Is there anything scary about being your own boss? You are the boss! Show up late. Have long lunches. Skip over some duties for a day. Now, you do those things; you will delay and perhaps actually derail your quest to reach the goal. Your goal. And delaying or derailing it doesn’t serve your interests. Force yourself to keep your nose snug to the grindstone. There is no other way. This is your dream. Nobody else is going to work harder to realize the dream than you. This requires discipline.
And discipline creates new habits. Do something often enough, and it becomes part of your psyche—a habit. Use discipline for the creation of new habits that help you achieve your goals and realize your dreams. You make more significant strides more quickly than you ever thought possible. Every epic journey begins this way.
Marco Polo could have just decided to stay home. Instead, he packed a bag, went outside, and took a step. Then another. And then another, leading to the most epic adventure of his Age. That’s precisely what you must do: create new habits.
The Third Key: Giving
Whatever the subject of your business, it’s about selling. And more. Selling is the core of your business that allows you to keep doing business. Indeed, to excel, you must do more than continue. You’ve got to GIVE. And in giving, you foster and create connections that will grow and expand with time. This intricate web will give back in ways you may not be able to fathom or fully appreciate when you’re giving. But you’ll experience the effects of that giving throughout your project.
The best part? This web adds momentum, providing that bit of outside assistance. Just at the moment, you need it! Give, and give often. The more you give, the stronger that web becomes as the silent underpinning of your entire operation.
The Fourth Key: Energy and Enthusiasm
Recall the day you had the first idea for your business. Excited? Filled to the brim! Exploding with excitement, you decided to take the plunge.
Your energy may wane over time, and you’ll have to find ways to keep the magic alive. Your relationship to your idea changes over time because YOU change. You get tired. You are mired in the day-to-day work to make the dream real. Recharge yourself to get another jolt of energy from the earliest days. Unplug. Get away from the daily routine. Think about and remember why you started your project. You’ll feel your energy returning.
The Fifth (and Final) Key: Patience
Entrepreneurs have big dreams, a good thing. But, big dreams are not fulfilled overnight. March steadily toward your goal. Think about it. Give yourself credit for how far you’ve come. When frustrated, it’s easy to overlook your accomplishments and to focus on the negatives. This can hurt momentum – almost as much as paralysis. Practice the fine art of patience. It will be good for you and good for your business.
In the end, there’s only one question that matters.
“Are you ready and willing to take the steps necessary to build the momentum your business needs to thrive?”
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