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losing momentum

November 4, 2016

Think about the last time you drove somewhere or took a taxi or an Uber.

How much time did you spend at a complete standstill? Stopped at a red light or in a line of vehicles at a stop sign? Waiting for the opportunity to turn across a line of steady traffic or just caught in peak hour grid-lock?

stopsignMy guess is quite a lot.

How much of that journey were you traveling under the speed limit not making as much progress towards your destination as you know is not just feasible but possible?

My guess is a significant proportion.

At those points in your journey how many times did you think to yourself “Wow, I have really lost momentum. I am not making any progress right now, maybe I am wasting my time and I should just give up and go back home?”

My guess is hardly ever.

 You know that red lights and waiting and traveling slower than you would like are a normal part of the journey. You accept that you will get to the destination if you keep on going.

Now think about the last time you took some action that was intended to move you towards a goal or different future.

How many times did you find yourself at a complete standstill, unable to move or just waiting for something that needs to happen?

My guess is quite a lot.

How much of that journey did you feel like were you traveling under your personal speed limit and not making as much progress towards your destination as you know is not just feasible but possible?

My guess is a significant proportion.

At those points in your journey how many times did you think to yourself “Wow, I have really lost momentum. I am not making any progress towards my dreams right now, maybe I am wasting my time and I should just give up and go back home?”

If you are like me, my guess is far too often.

Why is that?

You know that red lights and waiting and traveling slower than you would like are a normal part of the journey – so just accept it.

You will achieve your goals and dreams if you keep on going. So even if you are stopped, keep going.

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My thanks to Maribel [at]  purplerunconsulting.com.au for creating the insights behind this post in me. She believes that engagement drives performance and innovation which is why all of the work Maribel does with organisations is directed towards creating the leadership and culture capabilities necessary for business excellence. Get in touch with her if you are looking for inspiration.

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