• James McNeil

Momentum: your best friend

In his book, the 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, John Maxwell entitles one of the laws, “The Law of the Big Mo.” The “Big Mo” he references is momentum, and he says that momentum is truly a leader’s best friend. If you’ve never read this book, you owe it to yourself to do so, especially if you’re a leader or want to be at any time. However, this is a good law for anyone who doesn’t want to be a leader. Momentum can help far more than leaders.

How so?

I’m glad you asked.

Dave Ramsey addresses this in his tool to reduce outstanding debt, called the “debt snowball.” According to this, if you pay off the smallest debt you have, you can then turn around and pay off the next smallest and so forth. This gives you small victories you can celebrate and recognizable milestones on the way to becoming debt free. Someone with thousands of dollars in debt is likely going to lose heart if all they do is pay down high-interest credit cards or something similar without a short-term victory to show for it.

This method is controversial with many detractors, but the results speak for themselves. Once you’re able to pay off one small debt the momentum you receive from that will snowball (hence the name), and help you get more done.

Imagine starting to tackle a huge task starting off versus tackling the same task after building momentum, and you’ll see what I mean.

Speaking of huge tasks, putting suicidal thoughts and ideations in the rear-view mirror can be a daunting task. It can seem almost overwhelming, and we can easily look at it with fear. “How can I overcome this?” we ask honestly.

You don’t start there. You start with giving yourself a day of no negative self-talk. Is a day too much? How about an hour? The idea is to set your first goal low enough that you can achieve it and help to develop the belief that you can as well as the momentum to get it done. Then you can say that “your story is not over yet” as the t-shirts from Really? Designs say so well.

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