On the Momentum of Life

Momentum is crazy thing. When you build considerable momentum in life and then something happens to derail your progress, it feels like all the air has been taken out of the world. If you were to liken this moment to anything, it would be the aftermath of a car crashing through the front of someone’s house. You have to look over the rubble and find out a way to pick up the pieces. Nobody is going to do it for you. Though it might seem like you will never come back from this moment, you will make it eventually.

Once you let a moment rob you of momentum forever, you will never have the chance to regain it in the future. Life has a way of throwing curves when you least expect it. You have the option to choose to dodge these shots or take them directly. After taking a few shots, you will get tired of the damage you will accumulate. You will need wiser and stronger and before you know it, you will never have to take shots again. The moment that took away your momentum will be something that you will look back and laugh at one day.

Maintaining a sense of realism is also important. You can’t operate under the delusion that you feel like you are heading in the right direction when really you’re doing the opposite or doing nothing at all. I am not saying you should doubt yourself and the things you have accomplished. You have every right to be proud of yourself, especially when you have achieved something that came after a period of hard work. At the same time, you need to take an inventory of your position at any given moment. Do you have a reason to be satisfied or do you need to step it up a notch to move yourself forward?

In these situations, I think a lot about winning sports franchises. A team that has been winning for a few years will run out of steam unless changes are made. They’re not going to sit back and bask in their victories. They will want to retool and come up with a new winning formula. That’s what you have to do when life has gotten you down. You will find that your ability to pivot and go in a different, more productive direction will determine your overall resiliency going forward.

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