January is the time of the year where resolutions are made and goals are set. We have our engines charged and are ready for take off or have already taken off getting a good head start towards our end goal. But how long do these drives last and where do we find the fuel to keep moving? In other words how do you get the momentum going? Well I suppose the answer is pretty obvious. Just do not stop. Keep moving, keep making progress. A little a day, a little at a time is better then taking a break (stopping) for longer periods (cause you're worn out / deleted / demotivated).
Tony Michael, Vice President of Sales at Success University illustrated this well in the December issue of Success University monthly newsletter. He gives the example of a person trying to lose weight and becoming healthy and fitter person through better diet practice and daily exercises. Let's say after 6 months this person has achieved his / her desired target weight then decided to take a break from this healthy living and eat whatever he / she wants while lazing around for 2 months. After that period, would he / she be able to return to his new healthy self? I do not think so. Same goes with whatever that we really desire to achieve in life. Once you start working toward the goal, do not stop until you reach the top (your destination). This is something I myself must bear in mind so this article comes as a reminder to myself.
Yes, we all know that sometimes the journey may be hard and we'll come across some roadblocks that may threaten to destroy our dreams. Roadblocks may appear in many forms: financial setbacks, a conflicting relationship, unusual circumstances etc. However, if you allow it all to keep you from reaching your goals, then you probably did not want or do not deserve whatever you want to achieve in the first place. This may be hard to swallow. But believe it.
Napoleon Hill in his most important book, Think and Grow Rich talks about how important it is to have DESIRE and FAITH. If you really want to have a better life, then have faith that with constant effort and hard work, you will get what you want.
Another way to keep the momentum going is to work with a group of people who are working on similar goals as you. You can cheer each other along, share knowledge, and plan ways or strategies to bring the whole team closer each other's goals. The author of a blog called IWillTeachYouToBeRich tells about how he accepted a challenge from his friends to put on more weight since he was thought to be skinny and all bones. He arrived at his goals by constantly making progress, tracking it and letting his friends know about it. There was no way he was going to back out of the challenge until he had acquired it. And he did it too! His friends can testify this! I bet he looks fantastic in his new built. So again, it's amazing what you can achieve when you put your mind to it.
So once again people, the message is, "keep moving forward until you have your dreams firmly in your grasps.