This week, I want to share something that was really interesting. On a podcast with my good friend JP, he asked me a really interesting question: “How do we build momentum?”
I gave him some great tips and insights about how to create and build momentum. Now, a lot of people have been asking me questions about how to get into this action taking mindset, because people are struggling with creating this momentum.
Today I’m going to give you share some tips and advice about how you can build momentum. And more importantly, how you can then sustain your momentum.
Especially now with so much going on in the world, there are so many distractions. And most of us are probably working from home as well, which is a distraction in its own. My circumstances include having two young kids, one is the age of two, one is five months. Balancing family life as well as running three companies now is extremely challenging. The challenge is in finding the fine balance and seeing what works for you and what doesn’t work for you.
ONE: Treat momentum as a mindset.
Consider momentum as a state of mind that we need to get ourselves into. The first step is to think about what impact you want to create. Think of the end result.
Remember not to focus on the numbers because you’re going to put so much pressure on yourself. If you don’t hit the numbers, you’ll feel disappointed. Many people use the numbers as a platform to see whether they have been successful or not.
Instead, think about what the long-term and the short-term impacts are that you want to create. Whether you’re working on writing a book, launching your own podcast like me, whether that be attracting new clients, growing your clients or whatever it might be or launching a product, the fundamentals don’t change. Think of the impact that whatever it is that you’re doing right now will have. What do you want to try to create for people? It’s super important to get an understanding of that.
TWO: Think about how you want to make people feel.
Essentially, this is not about you. This is about the people that you are speaking to, your prospects, your target market, your niche. How do you want them to feel based on the experience that you give them?
Keep that in mind because we get too wrapped up in the numbers. We get too wrapped up in earning a certain amount of money or having a certain amount of leads. Come away from that because what you’re doing is scratching the surface level. You need to go much deeper into how it is that you want to make people feel. If you can understand the emotions that you want to create for people, then you can essentially mold whatever it is that you are trying to get out there
THREE: Know what value you bring to the table.
I come from a place of service. The more that I serve people, the more that I help people, I know that I’m doing my duty. I feel that from my perspective, my bigger purpose in life is to genuinely help people.
What Is it that you bring to the table in terms of value?
FOUR: Serve without expectation.
I just create endless amounts of content, but have no expectations. If you have an expectation, you become disappointed. It’s the same in relationships. If you have expectations, and they have not clearly been communicated, then you’re going to be disappointed.
Never have expectations. Just do what is best. Try to perform at your best and to give the best.
I bring my A-game. But I serve without expectation. We created and launched the Game Changers Summit, which was a summit over a 30-day period and included 30 of the world’s leading industry authorities in entrepreneurship, startups, mindset, branding and marketing. We had leaders like Jack Canfield and John Demartini speak.
Everything was offered for free without expectation.
Soon after the Game Changers Summit, I was featured on the front cover of a big magazine called Influential People Magazine. I’ve also been nominated for an award and have a pool of opportunities coming in to my inbox. I get daily emails from people saying, “I love your podcast, you inspire me, you energize me.” I get reviews, and all of this is like fuel. This gives me this higher purpose in life. It makes me fulfilled.
FIVE: Focus, focus, focus.
If you find it difficult to focus on one thing at a time, I would endorse you to think about the thing that’s most important to you and your clients right now. Ask yourself what it is that works. What is it that doesn’t work? And focus on getting it done.
We will soon release an article about how I get into the zone.
SIX: Block out distractions.
There are so many distractions in the world right now, especially the media and your environment. Many people are working from home and that also presents so many different distractions.
Get yourself a sheet of paper and write down all of the things that distract you and prevent you from moving forwards and from taking action. Include those things that cause these hurdles that prevent you from going in a different direction. If you make a list of those things, you can then identify the major disruptions in your life. You also identify how you’re going to be able to replace it or change it to become more aware of what you need to do in terms of taking action.
SEVEN: Create high energy and enthusiasm.
When we talk about growing a business, it’s all around trust and credibility. This means that it’s not about the product that you sell, it’s not about the service that you offer. It’s about the energy that you’re giving off to people.
For example, speaking in a monotonous, softer voice fails to clearly show any enthusiasm for what is being offered. However, speaking more energetically draws more interest.
The energy that you give off and the enthusiasm is going to attract people. Energy and enthusiasm sells and it draws a particular crowd of people.
EIGHT: Change your environment.
A good friend of mine asked how it is that I’m able to say so productive. They’ve just moved into an office and she said, “I love working from home, but I just I feel like it don’t get much stuff done.”
If you are in an environment where it uplifts you and gives you energy and gives you focus time, then that’s fantastic. But if you are in an environment where you don’t get any of those things, then you need to change your environment. Some people work particularly well from home, some people don’t. If you are working in a co-working space or an environment where you have toxic employees, or you have toxic people around you, you need to change your environment. You need to avoid the toxicity out there.
NINE: Work in surges.
One of the best ways to describe a surge is with the use of an annual calendar. I tend to work off my financial year and our financial year-end is at the end of January.
A surge as essentially a maximum of around three months, and within that three months, it’s complete focus time. Focus on all the things that you would like to impact and accomplish, whether it be to launch a programme, launch product, connect or build relationships.
After a surge, you have a period of reflection. A period of reflection is essentially a minimum of a week, during which you sit down you go through all the things that you’ve achieved, and you give yourself a pat on the back and some down-time. This is a switched-off time because entrepreneurs and business owners can be extremely hard on ourselves in terms of getting stuff done.
Create a surge over a maximum of around three months. And then have a minimum of one week and then you plan it out throughout the year
TEN: Celebrate your wins.
As a former elite athlete, one of the things that I find particularly difficult is that I’m extremely hard on myself, purely because that is just the way I’ve grown up. That’s the way I’ve been wired. If I don’t feel like I’m achieving or performing at a high level, I’m going to be hard on myself. But what’s really important is that, if you’ve accomplished something, even if it’s a small win, make sure you celebrate that.
ELEVEN: Take calculated risks.
If you take risk out, you take opportunity out. I know that there is a lot of people that are fearful right now, but if you don’t take any risks, then opportunities do not materialise.
TWELVE: Just do it.
Learn to have a mentality of just doing it. Don’t worry about what other people think about you. In last week’s article, we talked about being more authentic and about judgments and not thinking about what people think about you.
THIRTEEN: There’s no such thing as perfection.
Let me repeat this one: there is no such thing as perfection. So, if you are holding off, waiting for normality or you’re waiting for the environment to be perfect or you’re waiting for the perfect time, that time will never come. There’s never going to be a perfect time. There’s never going to be a Perfect place. Just get out there. Otherwise, your offering will be outdated that you’re going to be full of regrets. And you could be helping so many people. I speak from experience.
FOURTEEN: Stop chasing the money.
Something I see right now, because there’s a lot of fear and uncertainty, is that people are focused on chasing the money. I come from a place of service, and money is a byproduct of your success.
The more people that you serve, and that you help, the more people that will trust you and build your credibility. This is the long game. Rather than focusing on making a certain amount of money or creating an amount of leads, focus on serving.
What you need to think about right now is what the vision is that you want to create and what the impact is that you want to create. Stop chasing the money and it will come. But it’s going to take a little bit of time.
FIFTEEN: Just be you.
From my perspective, there are so many fake people out there. There are so many people that are trying to make it all about them. It’s not about you. It’s about the people that you can help. Push your ego to one side. The more that you help people, the more that the universe will reward you in kind.
I know that this stuff works because it’s happened to me. Some of the most influential people that I have interviewed such as Jack Canfield and John Demartini believe it as well.
I hope that this has helped you to create that momentum that we all need right now. Remember, if you’re looking for more free resources to help with business, mindset and many other topics, subscribe to the Game Changers Experience podcast wherever you get your podcasts.