Home Run

Zechariah Newman —  March 16, 2015 — 8 Comments

It is tempting to swing for the fences with every action. This is how I operated in the online arena for a long time. Everything I did I was trying to tattoo that ball and hit it out of the park. I would put all of my effort and might into a single action. More importantly, I would watch the ball to see how far it flew.

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photo by: Chris Ptacek

That is the negative aspect of home run swinging. It isn’t negative to put all of our effort into something, however, it is negative when we stand there and admire our hit watching to see how far the ball will carry. Will this be the effort that will send us over the edge? It ends up being a bunch of starting and stopping and as a result gaining no momentum.

 Momentum is the mass of the object multiplied by its velocity.

This is what we are after. Not a home run, but greater momentum. If we are little we create more momentum than our larger competitor by increasing our velocity. We need to ramp up our activity, not do a single act. I got the best news of my writing career, celebrated for a day and then went back to writing. Since then I have written ten posts in seven days. I want my momentum to increase. I have a goal that one single piece of big news does not accomplish my goal.

When you gain momentum everything is easier. It is as if you are swimming downstream with the current. Things begin to feel easy, when before you were straining to move an inch. With momentum your small effort has massive movement.

This is the power of momentum and why single-minded focus is so important. This is the reason you should have a goal outcome and do many actions toward it. The compounding effect of your effort multiplied by God rolls on top of each other.

These are simple steps to follow to create momentum in your life.

  1. Ask God what you should focus on.
  2. Write down what the goal outcome is.
  3. Plan the activities that will get you there.
  4. Start!
  5. Do a little bit every day.
  6. Don’t stop until it is finished.

Unless God calls you to something else, remain focused on a single outcome and your efforts will yield small outcomes. Then over time you will gain momentum. Over time is what you need to remember in order to fight discouragement because in the beginning it will feel like you’re going nowhere fast. Push on and fight again and again. Eventually you will overwhelm and surpass the goal. You can do it, little by little it can be done. Be blessed on your journey.

What has helped you gain momentum?

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  • #5 is essential. Success or huge goals are accomplished daily not in a day.

  • This is a great post, and you’ve hit on a mistake I have made a million times, and continue to make at times — thinking everything I do has to be perfect and awesome. I still get disappointed when a single post doesn’t do very well, and forget that it’s the cumulative effect, not just single actions, that determine the long-term outcome.

    • Thanks Kent. Yeah I make that mistake too 🙂

    • I have a friend that says make a mess and clean it up later!! In other words don’t stop doing, you need to keep the momentum going. Great post Zech!!

  • Our big goals can be so overwhelming that we don’t know where to start. If I can do just one small thing each day I will get there.