Positive momentum is a powerful thing isn’t it? I’m sure we’ve all had a period of time where everything goes our way. It could be a day, week, month, whatever.
Last week was one of those weeks for me.
There were several awesome things that happened with work and on a personal level, including being featured on Rockstar Finance for the first time! You can find the article here. Let me tell you, that was a thrilling experience!
The funny part about it was we had just switched our theme and did a pretty major overhaul the evening before the feature. Thank goodness we didn’t have any technical difficulties as my blood pressure would have been off the charts!
In fact, about the only thing that didn’t go right was the frigid weather that altered our New Year’s plans. Even so, Mrs. DS and I had a great time hunkered down in the house and we made the best of it.
I even told her at one point it felt like there were too many good things happening, surely something had to go wrong soon. But aside from the aforementioned weather, nothing did (knock on wood).
Soooo how do we keep the good times rolling and ride the wave of positive momentum?
Building Momentum Requires Action
Good things usually don’t happen to people out of the blue. Action is required. Even if you were to win the lottery, you have to buy the ticket first. Unless you find the winning ticket laying on the street. But then you would still need to bend over to pick it up. Action.
Even though sometimes I wish these blog posts would write themselves, they don’t. And you won’t get a decent raise at work if you don’t take care of business.
Steps To Get Momentum On Your Side
1. Small Victories
Start your “winning” with some easily achievable items to get the ball rolling. The low hanging fruit if you will. Maybe you have a vehicle or a student loan to finish paying off. Or some annoying work tasks that you’ve been putting off for a long time. Maybe you want to purchase some shares of your favorite company that has been priced attractively recently. Get a couple wins under your belt to get the positivity flowing through your veins!
2. Say No To Unnecessary Spending
Now that we’ve spent a little money to pay off a loan or bought some stock, we need to save up to replenish your stash. And the obvious place to start would be trimming out some of the discretionary spending. Negotiate your TV package or cut it altogether. We saved $420 this year by doing that. It’s a little bit of a hassle but you will feel good when you are done.
Negotiate to a lower priced internet package if possible. Don’t cut that because you need to read this blog hah! Also look at your food costs both at the grocery store and at restaurants. You can save a lot of money each month if you play these games wisely.
Nothing builds momentum like seeing a widening gap between income and expenses after all.
3. Say Yes To New Social Activities And Learning
As I’ve mentioned a few times, I’m an introverted dude. I don’t need a lot of social interaction typically. But now and then, this lone wolf needs a little socializing. At times my arm needs to be twisted to go out and about to meet new people….but when all is said and done, I have fun more often than not.
Mrs. DS is having a blast with her Toastmasters group she recently joined. She prepared a few hours (or more this week) on her speech and also had an evaluator role which she was more nervous about. It was great to see her coming home with a smile that she was voted Best Evaluator of the week. Not only has she met a new circle of friends, she’s learning a ton about public speaking.
Plus you never know what doors might open by networking with new folks. Your next step up the ladder could result from shaking hands with a stranger.
4. Random Acts Of Kindness
It feels good to give doesn’t it? It makes my day seeing other people’s reaction to kind gestures. Do something nice for somebody and notice how your mood is uplifted! I’ve been hearing several instances of folks buying coffee for each other, or meals even at fast food restaurants. It’s nice to see when all we seem to read about are negative stories.
5. Max Effort
Hopefully we will all soon be financially independent doing whatever the heck we want to do with our day. But until then, we need to work and give full effort to make our own luck. And our own momentum. Nothing is handed to most of us in this life, we have to go get it.
The best way to create momentum is through our daily actions. Shoot for small victories before setting your sights on the big goals. And remember, words mean nothing until we take action and DO SOMETHING!