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How will you keep momentum?

inspiration:with Cynthia Chirinda

While the freshness of the New Year is still enveloping our senses we often find that every step we take is carefully calculated, every word pre-meditated, and every minute well accounted for as we position ourselves to make the best of a fresh season. With strong rigour we apply ourselves to our resolutions and tasks as we ensure that every distraction is swiftly removed out of the way. With a renewed sense of purpose our stride is confident and our focus is fixed sharply on the goals that we have set for our lives to accomplish. It would be unthinkable that anything could ever come to deter us from our resolute pursuits towards greater heights. Every negative thought is quickly shut down and silenced in the depths of our hearts and minds before it can escape and begin to metamorphose into a reality. Contrary perspectives from family, friends and colleagues are hushed and muzzled like unspeakable vulgarities in our ears. With determination and renewed vigour, we will not allow any seed of doubt or negativity to be sown on our track as we faithfully run our race towards a successful and significant finish. With boldness, courage and steadfast focus we are set to make the best out of every opportunity in 2020.

So how do you keep the momentum when you have started off well? How do you keep away the bad old habits of yesteryear and how do you motivate yourself to continue with the new good habits you have resolved to adopt? How do you maintain the stamina and pace as the path meanders with rocky twists and turns in the course of the year? How do you maintain a steadfast gaze towards the finish line when the track is no longer clear and the rays of the sun come into your eyes?

How do you shield your body from the contrary winds and weather elements pelting against your body along the track? Is it possible to keep your pace when the crowd is not cheering you on and your opponents are hurling verbal and physical missiles towards you? Who do you turn to when you miss the direction arrows that point to the next lap in your marathon towards a significant life?

Momentum relates to the strength or force that allows something to continue or to grow stronger or faster as time passes. Sadly, sustaining success seems to be the great challenge of our generation. Every generation has taken on some great cause and left its mark on history. Is it possible that we can make the central focus of this generation the search for ways to build on past successes and increase momentum toward our desired outcomes? This is just as important for individuals and families as it is for organizations and for society as a whole. Why can we not set a goal to continually improve our results and maintain positive momentum throughout the year? Why can we not let go of the idea that we have to fall backward in order to climb higher? Why can we not steadily move up the mountain in our personal and professional lives? We need to believe that we have the resources for sustaining success that we can turn to over and over again. In doing so, we can successfully build on our earlier achievements and continually improve our performance and results.

Without a clear and compelling purpose for doing what you are doing in any aspect of your life it is unlikely that you will maintain the energy necessary to continually improve your results. The fundamental question you need to answer is, “Why am I doing what I am doing? What is the purpose behind my activity?” If you cannot find a compelling reason for doing what you are doing, you need to move on to an area that fits much better with your purpose. Your strengths and your passions are a big part of your engine for generating sustainable success. Be sure to be highly aware of what you are good at doing and what you are passionate about. Then spend as much of your time and your energy as you can, using your strengths and your passions to fulfil your purpose and drive better results.

Ayn Rand in her two classic books, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, coined a phrase called “Second-hand people”. These are the people who gain results off of the efforts of other people. Throughout these books she highlighted the importance of preserving the right to earn your own results. She emphasised not giving away the responsibility for your results to some group outside of you. When you do that you give up your ability to guide your results over the long term, and then you lose your ability to achieve sustainable success. Creating momentum in your life takes increasing the things that move you forward and decreasing those that hold you back. We have habits and repeat cycles to overcome. But by creating momentum, we can move past those and move toward the life we want. Momentum, by its nature, requires a lot of upfront push to get the ball rolling so you need to eliminate your energy drainers and recharge yourself continually.

In the words of Toni Sorenson, I challenge you to make your life the masterpiece you want to paint, the novel you want to read, and the day you want to wake to. Here is to a Prosperous 2020 filled with purpose and significance in every area of your life!

l Cynthia Chirinda is an organisational and personal development consultant, life coach, author and strategist. Her newest book — You are Not Damaged Goods: Transitioning from Tragedies to Triumph — speaks to matters that position individuals to do great exploits beyond their worst experiences. Looking at improving your career, personal effectiveness, communication skills, relationships, focus, faith and happiness? Wholeness Incorporated Coaching offers you strategies you can implement today to review your progress and achieve your goals. E-mail: cynthia@cynthiac.net.in LinkedIn: Cynthia Chirinda. Mobile: +263 717 013 206. Website:www.cynthiac.net.in

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