I know it can be difficult to find yourself feeling unmotivated, discouraged, or somehow lacking energy or drive… especially when you had so much of it at the beginning of the year. Don’t worry. You can get back on the momentum train and stay there… for as long as you want or need to.
Momentum as defined by Merriam-Webster’s dictionary: strength or force gained by motion or by a series of events. The origin and etymology of momentum is New Latin, from Latin, movement.
I love that right in the definition of momentum and the origin are the keywords….MOTION and MOVEMENT.
So to be in momentum is to be in the energy of strength or force (power) that is gained by being in Motion or Movement. I love that. Don’t we all want to be gaining strength and power as we move throughout our days? Of course!! To be in momentum is not supposed to defeat or tire us. It is meant to enhance us.
I also want to point out how amazing it is that the root word of Momentum is Moment. Interesting… no? Why moment? Why is the moment part of momentum? Because the present moment is the only place from which we can move, give, receive, and create from.
Here are my 7 tips for being and staying in Momentum so you can ultimately Keep Moving towards what you most desire.
#1. You don’t HAVE to be in momentum.
You read correctly. You GET to be in it. You get to be in that amazing energy of movement, gaining strength and power as you live in your moment to moment, day to day, week to week.
#2. Be aware of the present moment.
Once again I want to point out that when you decide to be in momentum you choose to create and live in the moment to moment. Being in the present, not the past or future, you are guaranteed the space to create from, to be, and to receive what you choose. No matter where you are right now… take a couple of deep breaths and bring your awareness to the present moment. Can you feel it? Can you feel yourself in the present moment, the only moment available for you? THIS my friends… is the space you can begin to move from. This is the space you can begin to create from. It begins with one step, and then the next, and so forth and so on.
#3. Begin to create a habit of movement.
Do this by taking purposeful and intentional action towards your goals in your moment to moment, day to day, week to week. At first, the momentum you begin to create won’t be felt and that is ok because it is the awareness of being in the present moment that you want to focus on. As you continue to dedicate and commit to taking action towards the specific area(s) in your life that you want to be moving in… the momentum kicks in.
#4. Know that you are not stuck.
You may feel stuck and the things around you may look the same but you are not stuck. I used to believe the same thing, that I was stuck. This quickly changed once I opened my ears, eyes, and mind after hearing the following… it is impossible to be stuck. Can you feel stuck? YES! But it is IMPOSSIBLE to be stuck. I will tell you why. We are always growing and moving, whether we are thinking, speaking, breathing, or simply walking. We are in fact, beings in and of movement. Do you have any idea of all the movement that is happening inside of your body as you are reading this? Exactly! Therefore, it is impossible for you to be stuck. If you are feeling stuck, all you have to do is REMEMBER the following. I am a being in and of movement and I can claim this truth at any given moment. The energy of my being is available to me at any moment. It is from this place is where you can get back on the momentum train. Yep, hop in! It is waiting for you!
#5. Move your body.
This can look like running, walking, yoga, dance, tai chi or whatever appeals to you and your body. Moving will get your juices flowing and it will ultimately affect your attitude. Moving your body is another way to create a habit of movement (tip #3 above) and momentum in your life.
#6. Check your attitude.
Attitude is everything they say! But when you are feeling out of sorts, in the dumps, or unmotivated, in turn, your attitude is not the best. Your attitude is how you see the world and how the world sees you. Laugh, joke, be with others that make you laugh. This will affect your attitude positively. With a positive attitude, it is so much easier to decide to be in movement in your life. In fact…you will be attracting more positivity and momentum in your life in no time.
#7. Do something for someone else.
I truly believe doing for others is one of the best ways to get out of a rut and into movement. When you lose yourself doing something for another… a cause, a charity, a friend or stranger in need - positive energy is created within you. Doing for others not only gets you out of a stagnant energy but it creates the energy of love and joy in your body. This energy you created has nothing better to do than to move within and outside of you. Try it! I bet you will be sporting a radiant smile inside and out. Doing something for someone else creates movement and momentum in your life.
Keep Moving my friends!
Guisela Pinto Caballero is a bilingual psychotherapist and empowerment coach. Her mission is to empower women to live the lives they truly desire.