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Momentum…once you get going.

Momentum…once you get going.

I am not a morning person. I get it directly from my mother. If I were like her and actually got up when it was dark outside, which I avoid doing as much as possible, I am sure that I would even have her light sensitivity. She has a special teeny tiny lamp that she turns on while she is making coffee, because for an hour or so after waking it is all she can bear. For me the difficulty is my three munchkins jumping into my face and asking rapid-fire questions the minute I step foot out of bed. According to my husband, I am a little cranky.

Throughout the rest of my day I am a pretty happy person. I need some time to get going, to get the momentum moving. Startups are tough; keeping up the pace is so much easier than starting. We can easily recognize this when it comes to riding a bike, or running a race, or picking up an exercise routine. We tend not to see it so clearly though, in regards to creativity, to taking things on, or to mounting accomplishments. Momentum applies to all of these things though, and sometimes all that you need to build momentum…is a little inspiration.

It speaks strongly to community mentality, and why it is so vital that we surround ourselves with good people. Typically intelligent people really dislike being told what to do, but elementary as we are, we easily mimic others. When a friend is accomplishing something that we admire, we think to ourselves: “Hey, I could do that.” Then the “I could.” turns into the “I want to.” Then the “I’m going to.” and usually the “I did.” The friends that we choose to have in our lives are a limitless resource for inspiration.

Our partners have an even deeper ability to inspire us to get going, and our children do as well. Sometimes it is difficult to look at a five year old and imagine that they have the power to inspire a thirty five year old to do something awesome. It happens all of the time though. Adults love to see excited hard working kids, and children go a long way in inspiring adults to do a whole lot. When my kids are out working in the dirt at the community garden, it makes everyone who can see them want to pitch in and do a little more.

Here are a handful of some interesting ideas to try out if you are looking to build some momentum, but are having a little trouble getting going:
1.     Make a list. Make a purely selfish list of things that you really want, places that you want to see, things that you want to do. When you get these goals down on paper they will seem more real. Indulge yourself and add pictures, and these wants will become all the more attainable in your mind.
2.     Volunteer. If you already have a group that you work with then go and spend a day. One of my foster boys worked with Habitat for Humanity. When he came home after a day of building houses for people in need, he was totally happy and full of inspiration. Even after a day of back breaking work, out in the sun.
3.     READ! Yes, it does make a difference what you read. Depressing tabloids probably are not going to do the trick, but you don’t necessarily have to read books on how to be more successful either. Some people are actually still inspired by poetry, and since I was going to mention a video here at the bottom, I will also mention Robert Frost. His poetry is some of my favorite.
4.     Exercise. Yes, you have to get a little momentum to exercise too, but as soon as you are able to make it into a habit, after a couple of weeks or so, it gets a lot easier. I come up with some of my very best ideas when I am out on a run.
5.     Ask your friends what is inspiring them right now. Most people share without even being asked. You can probably scroll through your Face Book right now and find several interesting articles, or videos, or stories…check it out.

This is one that my husband and I find particularly inspiring. This kid is just awesome…even if he does insult my favorite poem:



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4. Write a Letter

5. Dance

6. Invest in Mood Lighting

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8. Take Walks

9. Bake

10. Breathe Deeply

11. Enjoy your Morning Coffee

12. Play Board Games

13. Hug your Pillows

14. Adopt a New Ritual

15. Look Around

16. Give a Gift

17. Happy Cry

18. Smile at Strangers

19. Cuddle

20. Savor Small Portions

21. Stretch

22. Take Pictures

23. Use Profanity Freely

24. Give Hugs

25. Listen Carefully

26. Beautify your Space

27. Share your Favorite Movie 

28. Laugh Generously

29. Accept Gifts Gratefully 

30. Give Thanks