How can we turn a "MAYBE" moment into a momentum builder?
Here is a definition of momentum from Merriam-Webster:
"strength or force gained by motion or by a series of events".
Do you see it?
"strength...gained...by a series of events".
Momentum shows up when we string together enough "events" in our lives.
So how can we actually take those events (maybe it will work out, maybe it won't) and turn them into momentum builders that we leverage for our progress?
We need to #CleanOurPlate.
What do I mean by that?
If we truly believe that we were meant for more, we need to #CleanOurPlate at the table we are at. There is sustenance in the "MAYBE" that is in front of us. Every experience we go through is one more "MAYBE" meal in us. That much more energy to tackle whatever comes next.
But there are times when we want the future so badly we skip meals. We look past what we need to learn now. We need to stop worrying about our next meal (challenge) and eat the one in front of us. There is something in it we need to nourish us.
The experience we gain becomes the energy we need to tackle what comes next.
Moment by moment.
That's how momentum builds.
It's also true that gratefulness for what we have creates a sense of gratitude for what will come in our future.
But if all we do is pitch a fit that it isn't happening fast enough, and throw half our meal away, we'll never have the nourishment we need for our journey. We'll quit before we've ever really started.
Lick that plate clean. Then, and only then, will we be able to activate what is inside of us to arrive where we were always destined to.
Every meal is a moment.
String enough of them together and we'll be operating at a capacity that builds the momentum we need...that will build an incredible legacy.
That is the essence of momentum...strength gained by a series of moments.
This next part, though, is equally as important.
Some series have setbacks, but it doesn't mean we aren't making progress.
Let me prove it to you with this example...
To win a world championship in the National Hockey League, National Basketball Association, or Major League Baseball you play several series of games in the playoffs. Teams are matched up in what they called the "best out of ___" series. In that blank might be a 3, 5, or 7. All you have to do is win the majority of the games in that series and you will advance.
If you make it to the last series, all you have to do is be the first team to win 4 out of 7 games and you are crowned the world champion.
You can be far from perfect, and still be a champion.
Now, that doesn't mean we can be lazy, unprepared, and just show up with minimal effort and expect to be competitive. These teams facing one another are the best of the best. And it's the same way with the competition we face.
Our job, if we are serious about turning our "MAYBE" moments in momentum builders is to #CleanOurPlate. It's to show up every day, with the energy gained from that commitment, to get better. All-in for a "MAYBE" has to be our motto.
Some days are going to feel better than others. We'll win some, we'll lose some.
And...if we feel like whatever we are working on isn't building momentum fast enough we can look in one more place to see if we really are doing all we can to improve.
Show me what you are willing to give up to travel a little lighter.
Think of it like this...
When we sacrifice our preferences we'll experience a breakthrough that will truly make a difference.
I'll close with this thought:
Small choices develop big habits. Notice I didn't say bad habits. Sure, they can be bad, but we can also develop great habits. Both in what we will, and won't do. But once a habit is in place it's either a building block or a stumbling block. That habit becomes a foundation beneath us, or a wall in front of us.
That is how we can turn our "MAYBE" moments into momentum builders.
Make small choices every day that develop into great habits along the way.
Bite by bite.
Play out the whole series.
If you do?
I think you'll like where you'll be standing.
On the other side of countless "MAYBE" moments lies the momentum we want.
And that is where we will start tomorrow.
I'll be talking about something I learned from PIXAR, and a few mentors.
We'll learn what it really means to "Begin With The End In Mind."
"...it MAY BE that..." we haven't seen our challenge from this perspective before.
Once we do?
Momentum won't just be a wish, it will have a specific purpose.