It is completely normal to fall into the mind-trap of feeling like you cannot succeed or that you don’t deserve success. I believe that those people that do succeed spend just as much time in self-doubt as the losers in life, but they understand the momentum theorem.
While doing my daily reading this morning, I came across this formula. It made momentum absolutely clear. Every time I wonder how I wound up where I am in life, I go back to what got me to where I am at and I continue to work on that. And ‘that’ in short, is momentum.
The Fi stands for focused intensity. We live in an ADD society and most people cannot manage to hold their focus on any subject for even an hour, let alone 10,000 hours. And Malcolm Gladwell has shown in his book, Outliers, that it takes roughly 10,000 to become world class in anything. Depending on if you are working on your dream full time or not, that will equate to anywhere between 7-15 years of your life.
It’s at that point that most people scream, “Overnight success! That (insert name) was so lucky.”
Focused intensity is a muscle you can train. The more you focus on something, the easier it’ll get to focus day in and day out. However, a muscle you don’t train will atrophy or shrink. The T stands for time. Focused intensity over a period of time will lead to huge results. I used to only have time to work on Newell Strength for an hour per day on my lunch break.
Because my time was limited, I had to be hyper-focused. You need to command your time, not waste it or let it slip by. I still structure out my day, every day and I know the night before what I will be focusing on.
The G stands for God. I do not care what your beliefs are, those are your beliefs and they are none of my business. But the important thing to realize is that there are other, higher forces at work in daily life. You can call it God, the Universe, the Secret, Mother Nature or whatever you’d like. But think back in your life to all the times you have worked towards something and something ‘magical’ happens, a big break through or just the right person or right event at the exact moment in time that you needed it to happen. That higher power wants you, wants us, to live to our full potential and to help others realize the greatness they have within themselves. A life is a terrible thing to waste.
And finally, you arrive at momentum, at which point everything seems to be going right and success is yours. A space ship uses most of its fuel and thrusters when it is trying to fight gravity and leave Earth’s atmosphere. It has to overcome gravity and a lack of momentum. When you first start out in anything, the momentum you have to spend will be huge. It will make you want to give up and most people out there will give up.
Most people will never actualize or realize what momentum feels like because they lack a part of the equation above. Success would mean nothing if it were easy to come by because everyone would have it then. And that is the secret to success. There is no competition out there when you think about it because most people will not develop the full equation. Learn how to focus intensely, learn how to invest your time, learn to trust your ‘gut’ and stay at it, day after day. All overnight successes take at least 12 years…..