Momentum is a measure of mass and velocity. The heavier something is, or the faster it is moving, will increase its momentum.

Would you rather be hit by a pea that is moving 50 miles per hour or a baseball? Which do you think has more momentum?

Artwork by Mark Zeller /

Artwork by Mark Zeller /

Think of a snowball that is rolling down a hill. As it rolls, it picks up more snow and debris along the way. Its momentum is increasing.

Momentum of an object can’t be stopped unless something gets in the way. This something could be the force of gravity, another solid object, water, etc.

What I’ve briefly described in basic detail is the literal form of momentum.

I want to focus on the figurative form of momentum for this blog post.

The term “momentum” is used often in the sports world. Each win or positive thing that happens to a team adds to what they’ve already done and keeps the experience moving forward.


The Kansas City Royals won the World Series in 2015. I watched the entire series, including the playoffs. The Royals were one hit short of winning the World Series in 2014. They had much momentum going into the 2015NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Eric Hosmer #35 of the Kansas City Royals scores a run off of a grounded out hit by Salvador Perez #13 to tie the game in the ninth inning against Jeurys Familia #27 of the New York Mets during Game Five of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field on November 1, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) season. During their second World Series run, the team had some amazing come-from-behind wins that fueled their momentum that eventually led to taking the crown.

Momentum can be increased by many different factors like: willpower, determination, drive, focus, repetition and encouragement, to name a few.

Momentum in your personal life can help you finish a project. Momentum can push you beyond your comfort zone to get something done that you would typically put off for another time.

Momentum can be slowed by certain factors. Procrastination can put the brakes on momentum. Momentum can also be decreased by negativity, doubt, worry or fear. Fear is typically the primary opposing force that takes away momentum.

You can certainly build negative momentum in your life, just like positive momentum. Doesn’t it seem like, sometimes, things go from bad to worse? Something happens in your life and the bad things just keep piling on. You can put a stop to that by opposing that negative force with something positive. Sometimes it takes a decision to start a new habit. As you persevere and work on your new habit daily, you begin to oppose the negative force and swing the momentum in a new direction.

“Momentum is the bridge between a vision and its results.” – Farshad Asl

Okay. So how do you build up positive momentum? Here are five ways to get started:

1) Start a new habit.

If you have a negative or bad habit in your life and you need to make a shift, begin with something new that will make a positive impact. Read my post, Chains, for information on how to do this. You’ll find that once you’ve maintained and created a habit, you’ll be able to chain new, positive habits on and that will increase your momentum!

2) Encouragement goes a long way.

Tell your friends about your new habit. Ask that they keep you accountable while you work to maintain and build the habit. I’ve kept up writing this blog because YOU have been encouraging along the way. Thank you!

3) Don’t procrastinate!

If you have a project that needs to move or get started, take one necessary step to make it happen. This one step will “get the ball rolling.” You’ll find that taking that first step will be the encouragement you need to take the next step!

4) Take a dump.

When you take a brain dump and get things out of your head, you’ll have a clearer, focused mind. Once you’ve done that, you can prioritize which items needs to be done or what needs to happen next.

Some things you list might be complete projects. Give each of those their own space and list out steps needed to make that project happen. Decide which from the list will be the FIRST step.

Other items you list might be “one off” items that you can take care of quickly. If you can get these done in a short amount of time, DO THEM! It’s similar to Dave Ramsey’s debt snowball method. His idea is to not get too caught up in the details of which interest rate is higher, etc. He suggests attacking the account with the smallest balance, then apply that money to the next one once it is paid off. THAT’S momentum right there!

5) Set a goal.

If you want to kick off momentum, set a goal for yourself. Start small. I’ll write future posts about goals, but start with a short term goal that will be easy for you to achieve. It could be to:

  • Eat fruit for one day
  • Take a walk at lunchtime
  • Spend 30 minutes reading your bible for one day.
  • Drink only water for one day. No sugar drinks.

Remember, make it easy. Make it something you can definitely accomplish. This can be a huge boost that will encourage you to try it again!

“One way to keep momentum going is to have constantly greater goals.” – Michael Korda

Get the ball rolling by taking that single step toward something that will be positive in your life!

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