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Creating Personal Momentum

By February 4, 2020Leadership

Now that we are one month into a new year, many people who started out with good intentions might find their progress stalled. It’s sort of like a sugar high – there’s the initial burst of excitement followed by the plummeting of energy.

High achievers have learned how to manage the different cycles of life. In particular, they’ve learned how to create their own personal momentum.

With that in mind, let me offer a few tips that have helped me create momentum when the energy levels began dipping low.

It begins with a decision: Will you simply go through life or will you grow through life?

I know many people who have chosen to simply go through life. They might be 15, 25, or 55 — age isn’t the issue. Attitude is. They might be 55 and still have the emotional maturity of a teenager. Or they haven’t added a new skill (or improved an old one) in years.

To grow through life requires us to stop focusing on things that hinder our growth. That might be …

Old history. The past happened and we can’t change the events or details. In some cases, the stories are only partially true — some have grown to mythic proportions. Either way, you can decide to not let your past define you.

Old habits. I see many people who want to become a new husband or boss or healthier person and they insist on keeping their old habits. You can’t become the new you with old habits that no longer serve you well.

Old hurts. Ouch. These wounds were real and really hurt. Not to minimize the pain, but for some of us, it’s time to turn the corner

Here’s the key to moving past things that hold us back: You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you only keep re-reading the last one.

In the Bible, many writers talk about the concept of repentance (cf., Acts 20:21). To the modern ear, the idea of repentance may sound harsh or even archaic. To me, it’s a beautiful word.

To repent means to change the way I’m thinking. If I’m headed towards a dead-end (and all the consequences that come with it), I can either continue that direction … or I can change paths.

Because God has given us free moral agency, we do not have to be victims or robots. We can choose a new perspective and adopt a new attitude.

If you want to have something you’ve never had, it often requires doing things you’ve never done before.

May you find the personal momentum you need to make 2020 the best year of your life.

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