Today I’m sharing some of my favorite tips for building momentum and keeping it going.
Momentum is a funny thing, and I have a really funny relationship with it. When I have to, I can work and I can let the momentum build to the point where I’m almost overworked and on the point of burnout. And then I just stop. Emails don’t get written, and products don’t get created and books don’t get published. And just like when I stop pedalling on the trainer to catch my breath, starting back up again is harder than if I’d just kept going and pedalling slowly. It’s the main reason that I try to at least get a newsletter out every day, whether I’m feeling like I have the energy for it or not.
And it’s the same for a lot of my friends. Once you stop doing something, the longer you wait to start up again, the harder it gets.
Here are 18 tips for building momentum in your business:
Tip #1 – Take the first step.
The kickoff of any project can be the most challenging stage. Give yourself credit for taking the initiative. You’re on your way to fulfilling your wishes. Even if you make a mistake, you can learn from it.
Tip #2 – Start early in the day
Get at least one thing done before breakfast. You may sort through your emails or do a load of laundry in record time when interruptions are fewer. Most mornings, I don’t let myself have breakfast until the newsletter is done and published.
Tip #3 – Start strong
There are a lot of ways you can start strong and continue building moment. Generate multiple leads to fill up your pipeline. Get your lead magnet out there and working for you.
Tip #4 – Keep things simple
Break projects down into smaller tasks so that you can simplify complicated jobs. Whether you’re creating a planner, a book, or a course, breaking your project into small steps makes it easier to keep building momentum.
Tip #5 – Go for the easy wins
Building momentum becomes easy when you go for the easy wins. If you feel like you’re making progress by getting a few quick wins under your belt, it will inspire you to keep moving forward.
Tip #6 – Get your facts in order
Avoid delays due to uncertainty. Conduct the necessary research first. Browse online or ask coaches, colleagues, and mentors for the best resources. Reach out to experts to get their advice. Nothing stops your momentum quite like not knowing what the next step should be.
Tip #7 – Identify obstacles
Knowing what might trip you up allows you to plan for it and figure out a way around it to keep the momentum going.
Tip #8 – Get clear on your goals
It’s easier to advance when you know where you’re going. Be precise about what you want to achieve.
Tip #9 – Establish timelines
Target dates are another important element of building momentum. Stay on track by deciding to get your taxes done by the end of the month or clean out the garage this weekend.
Tip #10 – Be accountable to yourself
Realize that you generate your own energy. Motivation is more reliable when it’s internal.
Tip #11 – Build on previous victories
Take time to celebrate y our wins, but resist the temptation to rest on your laurels. Get started on the next product or promotion quickly after completing one.
Tip #12 – Share the wins
Enlist the support of others. You can encourage and support each other. I would not have accomplished half as much this year without the Digital Divas for support
Tip #13 – Choose meaningful activities
You’re more likely to keep at something when you feel passionate about it. Devote your time to the things you care about. But don’t stop there…
Tip #14 – Make sure the grunt work gets done too
What? You didn’t think there would be grunt work? There will always be tasks you don’t like to do but are crucial to your business. Make sure they get done, whether you do them yourself or outsource.
Tip #15 – Get – and stay – organized
Build up speed by putting systems in place. You’ll check off routine errands in less time. (If you need help building systems, check out Cindy Bidar’s Six Figure Systems)
Tip #16 – Schedule downtime
Allow for rest and relaxation. Spend time with your kids, read a book, go golfing (you knew I was going get golf in here somehow). You’ll return to work with more energy and more ideas.
Tip #17 – Stay fit
Productivity depends on your physical and mental condition. Exercise regularly, eat a nutritious diet, and follow your doctor’s recommendations for any medical conditions you have.
Tip #18 – Evaluate your results.
Take time to review your achievements and identify areas where you can raise your expectations. Figure out what’s working for you and do more of that, and don’t be afraid to let go of the stuff that doesn’t work.
As I said in the beginning of this post, momentum is a funny thing, and I know I tend to stop and start and have to build it all over again each time. Use these tips to help you keep going, even if you only take one step a day keep moving forward and soon your business will be on a roll.