Many people ask me time and time again, “How do you maintain the momentum, day in and day out to create that consistency so you and your business continually move forward?” Sometimes things are going great and all of a sudden, they’re not where we sputter along, stop and start. Sometimes we’re in a big groove and sometimes we’re not.
I like to relate us to high performers and athletes. Athletes spend their whole life working to be the best they can possibly be in their chosen sport. Young kids who play tee-ball all the way up to baseball in high school, then go to college where they have trainers, pitching, or position coaches to become their best, to hopefully make it to the big league. Many athletes, like swimmers, football, hockey, and soccer players consistently work on their technique and timing.
A lot of athletes align themselves with the right coaches for the mechanics of how they throw, how they catch, their footwork, and so on. What happens is they’re consistently working on becoming their best. A small overall percentage of these groups that do the work actually become pros or get the opportunity to go to the Olympics. However, and most, unfortunately, somewhere along the line, some of them stop doing the little things that got them to where they are.
It’s the same thing in business, that’s why I relate it accordingly. There are so many times that I speak to business owners, leaders, executives, and team members, and they tell me about the great things that they used to do that created great momentum and for whatever reason, they stop doing them. We’re all guilty of it. What I find even crazier, is when someone is in a slump, I always ask, “are you doing all the little things you were doing when you were on your A-game?” Unfortunately, the answer is usually, no!
When we’re waking up and you want to know how to create momentum, do the little things that keep you successful. If it’s doing meditation in the morning, if it’s reading affirmations, if it’s reading a half-hour of a book each and every day, if it’s going to the gym consistently and religiously, all the things that keep your body and your mind strong that you show up each and every day at your best, that’s how you create momentum, because your energy is up, physically, mentally, you’re on your A-game. You’re doing the little things that are making you great. What are some of the things you have done in the past that worked that for whatever reason you stop doing?
Where your focus goes, your energy flows. I always say, “You’re going to get exactly what you focus on in life.” If you focus on the crap, you’ll get plenty of it. If you focus on the great stuff, you’ll get plenty of that. Each and every morning, how about you write five things you’re grateful for? How about you write down what your biggest win was from the prior day? What did you do to connect with your team, to take them to the next level? Then what’s one idea we could do today to get a little bit better and take ourselves, our team, and our organization to the next level? This type of exercise adjusts your focus to look at what you’re doing right to keep the momentum.
Because if we’re focusing on consistently getting better, helping our team get better, having a company grow, we’re focusing on what we could do to move forward and we leave no room for what doesn’t serve us. That’s how you keep the momentum. As an exercise, I would encourage you all to write down the things you’ve done in the past to create momentum and for whatever reason, you stopped doing them, followed by a commitment to get back in the game to create your new success building rituals.
That is exactly what happens to an athlete. An athlete does all the things to get to the top and they stop doing the little things and all of a sudden, one day they’re in a slump and they can’t figure out why they’re in a slump. They’re in a slump because they stopped doing the little things that made them successful. Until the day they kick dirt on your casket and throw the flowers in the grave we need to consistently work on getting better. Because if you’re not moving forward, you’re moving backward. And just like I spoke a couple of weeks ago, somebody in the fast lane is passing you by.
I encourage you, to take a look at this, make your adjustments accordingly, and become your best each and every day.
COACH MICHAEL DILL is an Award-Winning Certified Business Coach, global speaker, and published author. He is a proud Action Coach Franchise partner as well as the President of Power & Ice Wealth Creation a strategic leadership company that works with business owners, leaders, teams, and entrepreneurs to both develop a systematized and structured organization while accelerating their mindset, efficiencies, and effectiveness to grow both personally and professionally to achieve extraordinary results. He brings more than 40 years of business and entrepreneurial experience in his leadership, team training, and mentoring practice. Businesscoachmichaeldill.com