creating momentum

By January 13, 2010Church, Leadership

Individually or as a group, one of the most powerful things we can do is create momentum (moh-men-tuhm).  In physics, momentum is defined as the mass of an object multiplied by velocity.  In simpler terms, it’s the tendency of a moving object to continue moving.

You know when you have momentum … and you know when you don’t.

As individuals, we may sense a loss of momentum when our work becomes dull or our energy level dips low.  A lack of motivation is also a symptom of waning momentum.  When we’re gaining momentum, external forces of motivation aren’t necessary — we get up earlier, we work longer, we play harder.  Not because we’re told to but because we want to.

In a group setting, momentum gives birth to excitement and new ideas.  There is an air of expectancy in the culture.  Employees come to work expecting to have a good day.  Folks show up at church expecting to be challenged and to see lives changed.

Momentum can be seen in several ways.  It shows up in the questions we ask.  Instead of just asking “why?” we find ourselves asking “why not?”  Why not do this?  Why not tackle this challenge?  Why not take advantage of this opportunity?

Momentum is also reflected by morale.  Not that momentum covers a multitude of sins, but it doesn’t hurt either.  Individually, in business, or at church, we like to think that we’re gaining ground.  A gust of momentum is a good cure for the doldrums.

So, this raises an important question: how can you create momentum?

First of all, as a Christ-follower I believe God creates the wave.  Our job is to be discerning, to see where God is already working, and then to ride the wave.  We do not create the waves — we ride them.

However, God does expect us to create movement — or momentum.  Here are a few suggestions about how to create momentum in your life:

  1. Pray for it.
  2. If you’re in a rut, do something different.
  3. If you’re having success, find out why.  Then do more of it.
  4. Think forward in intervals of six, twelve, and eighteen months.
  5. Look for repetitive mistakes and remove them.
  6. Change your routine.
  7. Read books outside of your area of employment.
  8. Exercise.
  9. Celebrate small victories.
  10. Take chances. Momentum is not created by playing it safe.