10 best tips to Achieve Momentum in Business and Life
Whether in business or in life, taking charge of your business or life before it controls you is paramount.
And to do that, momentum is the key.
I always like to compare momentum to a freight train because I think it’s the perfect analogy.
To start a freight train, you need a lot of energy, but when the train is running at a constant speed, even if you stop the engine, the train keeps running for a very long time.
Actually, it takes more energy to stop a freight train than to start it.
In life and in business, it’s the same…
That’s why I’d like to share those 10 critical tips to build momentum.
10. Stop taking advice from people who have accomplished less than you.
There are a lot of people out there that will tell you that the decision that you just take is wrong.
They say it’s:
- not the right moment
- not the right place
- not the right investment
- not the right company
- not the right partner
They’ll say that:
- you don’t have the skills
- you don’t have the resources
- you don’t have the knowledge
Truth is, people waste far too much time-consuming unneeded content and advice.
You don’t need a lot; you just need the minimum to get momentum.
Forget about the naysayers.
Those are actually people who are jealous because they see you trying to change for the better, and they can’t or won’t do it…
Find two to three people further along the road than you who will inspire you to become better every single day. Any more than this becomes a distraction.
9. Find a mentor two steps ahead of you.
Everyone needs a mentor, but here is the thing:
Ideally, you should take advice from no more than three people.
It doesn’t matter how big you get. You will always need a mentor to keep you on the right path.
But, as with the above point, less is more.
You only need one mentor, so long as that person is at least two steps ahead of you. That means if you’re at six figures, find a mentor who’s pulling in seven figures consistently (and has done so for some time).
8. Forget about being normal.
Forget about what everyone else has done to become successful, because chances are it may not work for you.
You are unique, and the situations, obstacles, and opportunities you face are, too.
Doing the same as the others is a recipe for disaster.
Take music and think about what those artists have in common:
- The Beatles
- The Beach Boys (harmonics)
- The Rolling Stones (Rock rebels)
- The Police (adaptation of ska & reggae into white rock)
- The Bee Gees (melody)
- Culture Club
- Tupac (king of rap)
- Jay Z
- Billie Eilish
The only thing they have in common is that they all are outliers.
Their music has absolutely nothing to do
If you copy cat others, you’ll never be the true you.
Discover your unfair advantage, and then use this to create your own version of “normal.”
7. Leverage your “you” as soon as possible.
That has everything to do with your personal branding.
- The way you are
- The way you dress
- The way you talk
- The way you behave
- The way you act on social media
Your time and energy matters, and you only have so much of it.
That means that as soon as you can, you should hire one of these two people:
- Someone to help you with your operations/finance/delivery
- Someone to help you with your marketing/sales
Most entrepreneurs aren’t good at both. Leverage your unfair advantage, and hire someone else to take care of the rest.
6. Schedule every minute of your day (even your downtime).
You should become obsessed about productivity, but not only about how much work you produce.
Productivity is as much about how you spend your time away from work, as with your work. You should strive to spend your time wisely at all times, because once you waste a minute, it’s gone forever. Treasure the time you have and make the most of it. Those who do live long and happy lives.
5. Forget about your purpose.
It’s not that having a purpose or vision is a problem. However, that vision of yours is often way in the future, and you’re nowhere near achieving it right now. It can scare you and keep you stranded where you are.
So, forget about your purpose, and instead focus on what you need to do over the next 30 and 90 days. Build momentum and keep it going, and trust your purpose and vision is out there. It’s about the journey, remember — not the destination.
4. Double down on what works, and don’t be afraid to fail.
You cannot fear failure, and you cannot let it hold you back from experimenting and trying something new.
Try everything at least two to three times. Just because it may not work the first time doesn’t mean it can’t work at all. You need to iterate and innovate and accept that not all of your ideas will work the way you want them to. But, persistence does pay off, so long as you’re willing to experiment your way to success.
3. Spend four hours each day on these four key investments.
There are four investments that turned my life around during the summer of 2017:
- Knowledge: Learning
- Health: Working Out
- Audience: Networking and building my tribe
- Character: Reflection, mediation and knowing myself
Success (in business and life) rarely comes down to marketing, sales and operations. They play a part, sure, but you build the real foundations by focusing on your health, knowledge, audience and character.
Not long ago, I found myself almost $1 million in debt. Just last year I slipped into depression, and had no idea how to escape. But, I did by focusing on these four investments, and I’ve uncovered these other nine critical pieces along the way.
No matter where you right now on your journey, you get to choose what happens next. It’s never too early or too late, so take charge of your business (and life) today before it takes charge of you.
2. Develop and grow by 1% each day.
Everything develops in 1 percent increments. Your health, body, relationship, knowledge … you build it all little-by-little. The time this takes differs, of course, but everything develops 1 percent at a time.
So, at the beginning of each day, take 10 seconds to think about what you want to accomplish today: What will you develop by 1 percent today?
1. Practice 80/20 production vs. consumption.
You need to produce a lot more than you consume.
You should spend at least four hours producing for every hour you spend consuming (reading, watching, listening).
- fewer courses
- fewer masterminds
- fewer books
- fewer trainings
- and fewer webinars.
Stop trying to consume everything.
You need to act, not consume.