“Business is like riding a bicycle. Either you keep moving or you fall down.” – Frank Lloyd Wright
Momentum is a funny thing and most people don’t understand its importance in business and it’s something that is not tangible, you can’t just pull it from a draw in your filing cabinet, you either have or you don’t.
So what if you don’t?
Well, don’t worry because not everyone does but it is something you can instil into yourself and your business very quickly and easily and I will show you how to start in this post.
Momentum is positive energy, it’s that moment when you realise your succeeding, it might not happen on the first day or the first week or the first month but I can guarantee that it will happen.
You will know when it happens because you will experience the following on a daily basis:
- Positive frame of mind
- Determined to succeed
- Co-workers are inspired
- Business ideas are flowing
- New business strategies are taking shape
- The sales team is excited to meet and exceed sales goals
- The company brings consistent value to customers
- You actually want to go to work
This is building momentum.
If on the other hand you find yourself struggling to come up with new ideas for your business or your mindset is negative or you can’t motivate yourself or your staff your business will come to an abrupt end.
Thinking positively about your business moves it forward and you start to love it in ways you never thought possible, why, because its a sure sign that you are building momentum.
But don’t think that this is an easy journey, it’s not, I can tell you that from experience. It takes determination and grit to overcome just about anything that’s thrown at you. You have to keep getting up and carrying on.
Here are just a few ideas to get you thinking on how to get up if things just don’t seem to be going your way.
Momentum vs. Hustle
We hear this a lot today “you have to hustle to win.” But what’s the difference between gaining and keeping momentum and hustling? Well hustling, as far as I am concerned, is the pursuit of something without giving thought to anything other than the end goal, you pursue whatever it is relentlessly, even to the detriment of your family and friends, nothing stops you until you have reached that goal.
Now I might be sounding a little old school right now but that sort of thing isn’t for me and I don’t think you can build a business on it, well not a long-term business anyway, you would burn out before you got to enjoy why you started it in the first place. I never think doing anything obsessively is good for you or your family and friends.
Creating and sustaining momentum on the other hand is a slow process that you can take your time over, that’s not to say you can procrastinate either, you need to make this work but maybe not so obsessively as the hustle says you should.
Yes it requires hard work and dedication to create and keep momentum but you have the rest of your life to do it. Listen nobody becomes an overnight success, if they do its not sustainable, everyone you know that has created anything of worth has taken a while to do it, they created a business and then gathered momentum to grow and sustain it.
I once heard the phrase “do you want to be famous or known?” this struck a chord in me because I never want to be famous, I’m not sure that anyone sets out to be famous, unless you’re a Kardashian I guess, but people and businesses become ‘known’ through building momentum and sustaining it, plus a whole lot of other stuff we will cover as we go along.
So if you are stuck and not sure how to start to grow your business think about momentum and how you can, first of all get started and then maintain it so it gives you the business that’s profitable and fun.
Thanks for reading.
NLT is a concept by Keith McMean to help you break out of the old way of thinking when it comes to your business and how to grow it successfully. If you have any questions or thoughts on traction we can talk them through in the comments, this way if you have a fantastic idea I can give you the credit you deserve and if I use it in a future post you’ll be right there with me.