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Momentum – The Key To Success

One thing that I learned from bicycle racing (actually, I am not much of a bicycle racer but I do triathlons – cycling needs work) is the power of momentum. In bicycle racing the way to do better and use less energy is to pedal very, very powerfully and hard to start with, give it 120% and once you are up to speed, you can simply maintain a good even cadence.

I drive a Prius so am very aware of gas mileage. I use the same technique in my car. I get up to speed then I can maintain it with very little gas. I certainly know about momentum in acceleration. Getting up to highway speeds from a dead stop is tough but if I have a bit of roll and momentum it happens easily (and this is not an article about Prius – I love the car although I know a BMW might accelerate faster.

I use this same technique to getting projects and tasks done. I start quickly to try to gain momentum. So the key is to get started fast. Some techniques I use for this are:

1 – Get an assistant. Just the act of having someone there can be enough to develop momentum. And often it gets me started.

2 – Know your high energy times and start projects with gusto during one of those periods.

3 – Set an environment that you will not be disturbed. It is all about focus. Clear your desk. Close your door. Turn off your email and busy out your phone.

4 – Know your goals. People with clear goals achieve more than those without. Write them down. Break them into bite sized chunks. Know your goals.

5 – Use a timer and set time limits. By setting a time limit like 15 or 20 minutes to work diligently on a project then give myself permission to quit, I often develop momentum.

6 – Be prepared. It is easier to develop and maintain momentum. It is all in the preparation.

7 – I often repeat to myself “successful people do tough things”. Remember the bicycle. A few hard pushes to start make things much easier to finish with less energy.

Momentum pays in cycling and in doing projects. Spend some time focusing on it.

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