Are you cruising with a good momentum, business is rolling in, problems are being handled, and you are heading swiftly towards achieving your goals? Or, do you feel stalled out, like every day is a grind, you’re tired, and for every step forward you seem to get pushed two steps back?
Recently I asked a successful million-dollar business owner to share with me one of the greatest lessons he’s learned in building his business, he said, “When my business hit momentum, I wish I would have paid more attention. I just thought the momentum would always be there…it wasn’t.”
If you are experiencing a good business momentum right now, that is fantastic. Congratulations!
Momentum is the holy grail for us small business owners. Once we have the ability to generate momentum and the systems and processes to sustain it, business get a whole lot easier. Just think about the people who have great success and seem to be doing nothing at all. It’s as if great things happen to them like magic…well it’s not magic, it’s momentum.
The ultimate goal in business is to build a system that generates and sustains a strong and consistent growth momentum. Here are three critical elements to generating and sustaining a positive growth momentum.
1. Initiate Change
Like the seasons, every summer is followed by a fall, and every momentum phase will be followed by a lull. This is inevitable and we can either wait until it happens and hope we react quickly enough to reduce momentum loss, or we can strategically pre-empt the shift by initiating a change on our timeline thus controlling the environment and dictating our own momentum shift. Initiating change give us the ability to plan ahead, set up a well thought out strategy, and avoid being sucked into a reactionary mode.
2. Consistently Upgrade Your Environment
It is absolutely imperative to understand that the limiting factor to all results is the environment we are operating in. For example, if I wanted to play a round of golf, I cannot do it inside my office (unless maybe it was miniature golf). Simply put the environment does not support that activity. When it comes to sustaining momentum we have to be conscious of our environmental constraints and continuously work to improve and expand them. The three foundational environments are our own mindset, the people we associate with, and the stuff around us, like physical things as well as the systems and processes to manage those things. Keeping a consistent momentum means we have to consistently develop and upgrade the environment we operate in to handle the growth and expansion that occurs with good momentum.
3. Improve Your Habits
40% of actions performed each day are not based on conscious decision; rather they are an act of habit.
This means that in a 16 hour day, 6 hours and 24 minutes of the entire day is being run without our conscious control. To take this a step farther, our level of success, the amount of money we make, our physical fitness, our health, the amount of stress we have, the number of problems we deal with, the fact that we don’t have enough time, that we work too hard, that we don’t have good enough people…the list goes on… and all of it…ALL OF IT is a habit! It is all a result of our ingrained, unconscious, automatic, built in, natural response (or reaction) to the environment that we are operating in…HABIT. And if we don’t consciously work to improve the critical habits then our own mind and body will actually work against us, constantly hitting the brakes and killing our momentum.
Good momentum is like drinking from the Holy Grail. Results come easier while you feel like you are working less and less. Each and every step you take builds upon the previous. Your efforts compound, which leads to bigger results without having to put in greater levels of effort. On the other side, without a strong positive momentum you are perpetually beginning each day from ground zero, working harder and harder, and never truly feeling any relief of pressure.
In the following weeks I will break down each of these three critical components to momentum and give you very specific steps that you can take to ensure you are continuing to build a positive growth momentum.
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- Identify the key elements of your environment that are causing you and your business to leak valuable momentum.
- Build a personalized and simple habit development plan to boost your focus and productivity results exponentially.
- Clarify the strategy to leverage your current momentum and initiate the change to spring board your business to a new level of success…without working harder.