September 2014

It All Began One Day at My “Good Job”

Despite the fluorescent lighting, cheerless gray cubicles and confining schedule, I had a good job.

Or so I was told.

The truth is that I actually enjoyed the work that I did. It was purposeful and felt good to do.

I was paid well, enough to live comfortably and buy the things I wanted. And most days, I didn’t get too annoyed with the coworkers I never had a say in choosing to work with.

I was managing an employee recognition program for the largest non-profit healthcare company in the world.

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Note: This is part of a series on momentum. You can view the full series here.

Warning: I’m going to call you out on this one.

You fail at your goals mostly for one reason. You know what it is too, don’t you?

You’re completely freaking unreasonable.

We all make this mistake though. We think we can do it all!

Our hubris and naivety leads us to inflated expectations of what we can achieve at a given time.

One change isn’t enough — we must transform everything!

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“There just aren’t enough hours in the day.” Bullshit.

Everyone wishes they had more hours in the day. But you don’t need more hours to get things done.

There is a simple way you can double the amount you accomplish, right now. And it doesn’t involve:

  • More time
  • More resources
  • More planning
  • More energy

It involves something much, much simpler than that.

Making decisions

But not just deciding what you want to do, in some kind of vague, esoteric way.

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Note: This is part of a series on momentum. You can view the full series here.

Are you focusing every day on activities that grow your business, or are you only doing thing that keep it going?

Too much work on maintenance activities is a common mistake most people make. It’s easy to get sucked into no matter what stage of business you’re at.

This is all good and fine if you either don’t care about growing, or if your business has reached an “escape velocity” stage where it’s growing without you doing anything.

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The success or failure of every project I’ve worked on has come down to one thing. The supply of an elusive, sometimes maddeningly mystical fuel source.

Momentum.

Even the word momentum has a beautiful, addictive quality to it when spoken.

Mo-ment-um. Yum.

It rolls off your tongue smoothly. It’s like the intoxicating sweetness of salted caramel, with a ZING of tart apple crispness.

It has the burning energy of muscles pumping, sweat dripping with a cool, exhilarating autumn breeze. Runner’s high does indeed feel a lot like momentum.

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