One action can be the catalyst. The changer. The beginning of something huge. Like an avalanche that starts small and becomes massive, one action, if built upon, can become something unimaginable. Sometimes the success of one individual seems like one action that spirals and goes out of control. Some believe that it’s more luck than anything; and though fate or destiny plays an undeniable part in our lives, momentum is the game changer.
For example, moving a car. An average car weighs about 2 tons. That’s 4,000 pounds, 22 times heavier than the average person, and everyday people push vehicles out from the middle of the road.
Look at the science side of it: Sir Isaac Newton’s 1st Law of Motion states: “Every object persists in its state of rest or uniform motion in a straight line unless it is compelled to change that state by forces impressed on it”. It is simply saying, that car will remain motionless unless an outside force acts upon it.
The outside force is the person. They leverage their weight to push the car, and after some sweat and manual labor the car can start rolling. The outside force is your work, commitment and determination. The progress will be slow at first, but once the car is rolling, the load is much easier.
Another science idea: momentum, which is “the quantity of motion of a moving body, measured as a product of its mass and velocity”. Momentum never disappears, but can transform into different sources of energy and will go somewhere else. Aly Juma says, “The thing about momentum is that once it gets going, it gets more and more difficult to stop. It’s a simple idea, but a very powerful one.”
Once you start getting the car going, it doesn’t take near as much effort to keep it going. The momentum of the car makes the work on the person pushing much easier; there isn’t as much resistance as there was when the car was stopped. It’s easier to keep going than it is to start from a standstill, just like when you start making progress on your dreams and start being successful. It’s much easier to keep building upon what’s there than to start again from nothing.
That being said, once nobody is pushing the car, it slows down and stops. Why? because of this fun thing called gravity. If you stop working, then you’ll lose momentum and the progress stops right there. “The minute that we (lose momentum we) become extremely vulnerable to distraction and defeat. Our inner critic awakens, and we start second-guessing ourselves, doubting the possibility of success. It’s just like Newton’s First Law of Motion: The tendency of a body in motion is to keep moving; the tendency of a body at rest is to sit still” Jocelyn K. Glei. If you let the progress you’ve begun die out, you’ll be starting from ground zero on a path with the struggles that you’ve already experienced.
SOOOOO... (as said in Disney’s Meet the Robinsons)... KEEP MOVING FORWARD!
When on a sports team, you want to succeed for yourself but for the others relying on you as well. Each time a baton is handed off, a basket is shot, or a great play is made, teams get excited for each other. There’s a burning excitement within them and though the successes are individual of each other, they are connected by unmeasurable energy. They are connected because the energy of excitement created has to go somewhere, and the transfer of energy is what ties these individual successes.
The energy is infectious, and we believe we are more capable and act to the best of our abilities with keen and alert reactions, and quick decisions. We think to ourselves “We can do this”. The sense of accomplishment leaves us on a positive ‘high’ for a couple days. We don’t pay attention to the voice in the back of our heads whispering inadequacy- we become swept away in the moment and can reach heights only dreamed of. We’ve heard the remarkable stories of unbelievable comebacks, and it’s all because that individual or team created momentum and took off with it.
So when your coworker signs a huge deal, or your company just signed a great contract, got a sponsor, or whatever the good news is, it’s important to take the opportunity to roll with success. The energy has to go somewhere, so will you use it or lose it?
Energy, speed and momentum can give explanations of the laws of physics and life, but don’t underestimate the factor of you. You’re the catalyst and have to be the outside force that keeps it in motion. Don’t let your momentum die. Keep moving forward.