Have you ever had a moment where you just felt completely stuck? That no matter how much you work at something you seem to have reached a plateau and don’t really see improvement. It could happen in a class you have been studying for and you just don’t seem to get the results you want or it could be in a sport where you are training really hard but the outcome is less than you had hoped. You may have heard about Newton’s first law of motion, which essentially states that states that an object at rest tends to stay at rest and an object in motion tends to stay in motion, and once in motion, that is when it develops momentum. Typically that object stays in motion unless some external force makes it stop.
No matter where you are, having momentum on your side can have incredible advantages. For example, there is evidence that shows that a person who exercises on Mondays or during early hours of the day has a higher likelihood of exercising consistently than a person who doesn’t. It isn’t that there is some sort of magic about Mondays, instead it is the psychological effects that come from starting your week or your day and your brains response to perceiving exercise as a priority. The same goes with your studies – setting up your week or your day and taking a moment to figure out what you need to tackle first will help give you an advantage.
There are a few things you can do to help you create positive momentum:
- Know your goals – Make sure you regularly check in on your goals and why they are important to you.
- Break it down – Once you have your goals in place, break them down into bite size pieces. Don’t let yourself become overwhelmed with huge tasks and instead separate the steps you need to take. For example, if you have a big chapter test coming up, don’t focus on learning everything at once but instead separate each section of the chapter throughout various days. That way you know to focus on small sections at a time.
- Take the first step – There are times when you might become so overwhelmed with a task that you don’t even start. Once you have broken it down, just start.
- Consistency – Keep working towards your goals every single day. Staying consistent is key.
Building momentum is a great tool for staying motivated. You will soon see yourself improving on those small steps and before you know it, you are accomplishing big goals. For this weeks #MakeItHappen, work on building momentum to bring about positive change. Let us know what you’re working on and email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or share your story and tag us on social.
Go make it happen,
Luly & the YTeach Team
“Success is like a snowball…it takes momentum to build and the more you roll in the right direction the bigger it gets.”
– Steve Ferrante