Momentum is defined as, “the driving force gained by the development of a process or course of action.”
How would you like to be the kind of leader whose results are described as a driving force?
In baseball, momentum is said to be only as good as your next day’s starting pitcher. In football, Big Mo comes with a turnover or a big play. Businesses look for momentum based on the economic climate. Churches, schools, and fitness centers have certain times of the year where Mo shows up.
Want in on a little secret? Momentum is not that random. It is more available than you might think.
In his book, Good to Great, Jim Collins likens momentum to a “Flywheel.” He says it like this: “In building greatness, there is no single defining action, no grand program, no one killer innovation, no solitary lucky break, no miracle moment. Rather, the process resembles relentlessly pushing a giant heavy flywheel in one direction, turn upon turn, building momentum until a point of breakthrough, and beyond.”
Did you get that? The power of a flywheel comes more from consistency than it does from a single spectacular act.
That means if you want to see your influence go to “driving force” levels you must stay the course.
Consistency without becoming bored can be a challenge. It is only possible if you connect your action back to your mission and your passion.
Greatness is not about a miracle idea or a special time of the year. It is about consistent integrity.
Be true to your mission. Be disciplined in your habits. Be consistent in the way you act.
Do these 3 over time and Big Mo might make you a driving force too!
Where are you seeing momentum these days?
repost from 1.13.11
Randy is an author, speaker, executive coach, and the CEO of InteGREAT Leadership. He invests his time encouraging leaders around the world.