One of the most difficult parts of goal achievement is simply getting started. It’s easy enough to dream and plan, but many people get stuck in this phase indefinitely and avoid taking action. Planning and dreaming might make you feel like you’re doing something about your goals, but if you never actually take a step forward you’ll never achieve them. In order to see measurable progress, you have to step out of your comfort zones and take action.
When you finally do gather your courage and begin moving forward, what usually happens? You realize it’s WAY harder than you thought it would be, right? It feels like you’re trying to run uphill. You keep tripping over obstacles, facing setbacks and delays, dealing with fear and anxiety, and fighting a daily battle to stay motivated.
It’s during this difficult phase that most people give up. They decide that “it isn’t meant to be” right now, so they set their dream aside and vow to try again later. Or worse, they resign themselves to a mediocre life because they don’t believe they have what it takes to succeed. They’ve “failed,” so they’re not going to try any more.
Have you done this? Most people have!
However, this doesn’t have to be the end of the story. You can pick up your dreams, dust them off and try again. But this time you should know about a little something called Momentum.
You see, the difficult phase I just described is what happens at the beginning when you’re trying to gain momentum. Most people quit during this phase because they think it’s ALWAYS going to be this hard. What they don’t realize is that every effort they put toward the achievement of their goals will build on the previous efforts. With every step forward the process gets easier and easier. Finally, they’ve put so much energy and effort into the process that momentum begins to take over. Suddenly they realize that they don’t have to push so hard to keep moving forward. It becomes fun . . . even easy to achieve their goal.
A personal experience I had with sticking with something that just didn’t seem to be doing much was meditation and using a vision board. It seemed “hit or miss” to me, sometimes I’d spend 30-60 minutes either using guided meditation (my preferred form of meditation) or going through my vision board presentation (I use one on my computer made on PowerPoint) and I’d feel just great! The next day, I’d sit down and expect the same results and end up at the end of 30-60 minutes without that same positive, uplifting feeling and walk away feeling let down. For whatever reason — I stuck with it. Long story short, I started noticing that this regular meditation and use of the vision board was influencing my life in many more ways than simply the way I felt when I finished those 30 minutes. The more I realized and felt those changes, the more the momentum built, and still continues to build.
This same experience can be yours! All you have to do is keep moving forward. Keep working toward your dreams and never quit. Momentum WILL take over eventually!