When I got going this morning, I was feeling a little meh. You know those days when you have a bunch of things to do, but you’re just having a hard time getting into them?
But then I decided that the best way to put some pep in my step was to create a win. And I spent the morning fixing a computer problem that I’ve been dealing with for the last 2 months.
And now you, my friend, are reading a note from the woman who’s basically the next Steve Jobs, because my computer’s working perfectly.
Honestly, it’s not like I did anything THAT groundbreaking. I simply followed the picture instructions on a site designed for people with zero computer expertise. 😉
But still…. That’s not the point.
The point is, I feel like I should be winning some big prize for technology genius and overall awesomeness. I feel unstoppable. I am on fire. Boom!
All because of one little win.
Experiences Create Beliefs
That’s the funny thing about us humans – our belief in what we think we can do, and our momentum to keep on going, is largely shaped by the things we already have done.
So my lukewarm attitude from this morning got upgraded because I created a win for myself. And even better, that win was fixing something that’s been a serious monkey-on-my-back problem.
(This was basically me….)
It’s a bit of a self-perpetuating cycle.
When you believe you can do things, you go out and try harder things… and then you build up even more momentum and confidence.
What You Can Do to Increase Your Momentum
But where do you start if you’re feeling like your superhero cape is a little wrinkly and tattered?
1) Start Small & Pick Something That Matters.
Building momentum doesn’t have to start with massive, herculean efforts. It can be something as small as fixing a computer glitch.
To get the biggest bang for your buck, I recommend starting with something that consistently annoys you, or that is visible to you on a regular basis. Those “messes and incompletes” are killers to our subconscious, so taking care of those will release the brakes for your momentum even more.
2) Stop and Smell the Roses.
And by “smell,” I mean “recognize.” And by “roses,” I mean “all the great things you’ve done.”
Another funny thing about humans is that we’re hard-wired to remember the negative and to be extra hard on ourselves. It’s that whole survival thing.
But if you’re interested in building momentum to plow through your to-do list, then you’ve got to pay attention to the wins you have. Even the little ones.
Here’s a way to think about it that will put it into perspective: imagine that a friend was telling you about the win. Even if it’s something little, don’t you congratulate your friend for getting it done? Yes, of course you do! (I know this because you’re reading my blog, and only relatively happy and sunny-side-up folks would be here.)
So extend yourself the same courtesy that you would to a friend, and celebrate the heck out of your accomplishments.
3) Wash. Rinse. Repeat.
The more you tackle small tasks and succeed, the more you’ll propel yourself forward. And then those small tasks will turn into big tasks, and BAM! Look out world.
The other day I heard Marry Morrissey put it this way, “Baby steps will take you all the way Mt. Everest if you just keep taking them.”
So just keep taking baby steps. You’ve got this.