We at PositivityChange will be the first to admit that change is hard. Yes, we like different circumstances but we dislike how growth makes things uncomfortable. Here is an article from Harvard Business Review entitled The Hard Side of Change Management. It gives 4 points (Duration, Integrity, Commitment and Effort) to more effectively managing change. You can read more here: http://bit.ly/1OkeFf0
Oftentimes people stop working as hard once the momentum starts accelerating. You gain some traction and all of a sudden, you think that the ‘machine can runs itself.’ That’s the biggest mistake you can ever make because this is the exact when you should be working overtime. You want to continue the good fortune that you’re currently experiencing. Below I offer the why and the how to keep the momentum going.
Why Keep the Momentum Going?
You’re not done yet. You don’t celebrate wins when you’re only 60%-70% there. You haven’t fulfilled your goal yet.
Remember how hard it was to get started
Paradigm shifts consume time and energy. You are changing your mind and routine. Imagine if you stop in the middle. You’ll have to summon up the same amount of strength and fortitude to restart. Keep going because you won’t have the same enthusiasm doing it over again.
Don’t Look Like a Quitter
Stopping in the middle makes you look like a quitter. Who wants to be around one? People avoid quitters like the plague. Quitting midstream makes you look uncommitted.
How to Keep the Momentum Going
Remember that once you’re done, you don’t have to do it ever again. For example, part of the joy of completing your degree is knowing that you’re done. Yes, trade war stories at the alumni gala but you’re glad the ‘battle of earning your degree’ is over.
Remember why you’ve started
You want to have a better future. You’ve made a decision to change your current circumstances because you don’t want to live your old life anymore. Following through until end is an important reason to keep the momentum going.
Insanity is doing the same thing but expecting a different result.
You don’t want to be in the same place as you’ve started. Don’t get stuck in the mud. Remember how immobilizing mediocrity was until you started doing something different. By keeping the momentum going you are accomplishing two things simultaneously: distancing yourself from your old self and getting closer to who you want to become.
Decide to stay unstuck by keeping the momentum going right now. Your future self will thank you for it.