Momentum is an undeniable force not just with regard to physics but with the less tangible motion of life. We all know what it looks and feels like to “get things rolling” and how once that forward motion is initiated things take on a movement and energy all of their own. Conversely, we know what inertia feels like – that sense of feeling stuck, still, motionless, unable to get traction and get something started. The same principles that govern the physical world around us seem to have corollaries in our internal experience. Sometimes we are stuck, sometimes we are”on a roll” and sometimes we just need that first little push to “start the ball rolling”.
A lot of us feel stuck, particularly now during these unsettled and unsure times. Many people are pulling in, rather than pushing out, counting their blessings, hunkering down and contenting themselves with staying put, quiet and safe. While others are straining against the bit – wanting and needing to get something started to propel them forward in their lives. In fact, I think many folks are looking for a little bit of both; a sense of change and of security all at once. It’s a tender balancing act requiring a lot of patience and fluidity in hopes of affecting the best possible outcome.
I think when we are anxious to move forward – often times we inadvertently dismiss the little victories along the way when our focus is solely fixed on the “end goal”. And paradoxically, the more we recognize and feed the little wins the more the likely we are to keep progressing forward in the process. We all know the old adage “Rome wasn’t built in a day” nonetheless when it comes to our own lives, I think many of us expect to go from an empty field to the Coliseum overnight. Ignoring all the daily effort and small successes along the path to our dreams is at the very least unfortunate. After all, life is an accumulated experience, no one gets to where they want to be instantaneously, and just think of all the little joys and celebrations you could be having everyday as you work along.
Savor the little wins, nudge the momentum that has already begun and you will not only find yourself moving faster along the path but enjoying the ride a heck of a lot more.