PositivityChange Post : Issue 29 : Staying Positive When the Novelty Wears Off

 

Happy Monday everyone!

I am here giving you a new shot of positivity to carry you throughout this week. I am doing so because the novelty of the second quarter has worn off and the real work begins. We here at PositivityChange.com are invested in doing the real work towards creating positive change in your personal and professional lives.  Positive change is tough! It is NOT for the meek or faint of heart!

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Harvard Business Review tackled what happened when the novelty wore. In its article, the Hard Side of Change Management, the publication discussed four ways to measure change. For more information, read here: 

Now that things are settling into routine and the mundane, you need to break through this by determining what’s urgent versus what’s important. Urgency demands immediate reaction. Importance can be prioritized. For more information about to how to know the difference: 

One more article from the archives: Keeping the Momentum Until You Win. We are in week two of the second quarter and all of the people who were so gung ho about posting their second quarter goals on Facebook and LinkedIn had returned back to the same routines. Here’s how to break out of the mundane. Yes, positive change is hard but you have to still keep the momentum until you win! 

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Keeping the Momentum Going until You Win

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.