"Momentum begets momentum, and the best way to start is to start." — Gil Penchina
What kind of momentum is your behavior creating?
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Have you ever noticed how it's easier to stay moving than it is to actually get started?
I've been thinking about this a lot lately. It's been a full month since the near-death experience that left my leg injured, and even though I'm no longer walking with a limp, it's been a challenge to get back out for my daily run.
Certainly part of it is because I don't want to risk overexerting it too soon and potentially getting hurt again, but another part of it is that the daily habit has been disrupted, replaced instead by working straight through the break I'd normally take.
That's the tricky thing about momentum, it can work for us or it can work against us!
In the short-term it's always easier to keep things the way that they are, but in the long-term it's far more beneficial to initiate positive changes early on. These are what I call Gifts to My Future Self—tasks that I'd rather not do in the moment, but once completed I'm thankful for having done it.
For example, today I'm thankful that years ago I decided to heal after grief, maintain sobriety after addiction, start my own company, and apply to graduate school, just to name a few.
And of course, I'm also thankful that I started this weekly blog, so that I get to connect and stay in touch with amazing people like you.
What gift will you give to your future self to build and maintain momentum?
As for me, I know what I'm going to do. I'm going for a run!
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Jonas Cain is an instructional designer, facilitator of fascination, and purveyor of positivity—helping to initiate and manage positive change for individual, team, and community growth.