23 Key Principles For Building True Momentum And Becoming Unstoppable

Lessons Learned From Reaching It 3 Times Now

 Me atop a mountain in Mostar, Bosnia, shortly before building True Momentum for the first time

Me atop a mountain in Mostar, Bosnia, shortly before building True Momentum for the first time

It’s Wednesday morning, 5:45am.

I’m pumped to start working. I did not hit the snooze button, and had no intention to.

For the past few days, I’ve felt it.

I felt something was changing.

Something positive was building up inside my mind.

And then in MR. Molly Maguire’s story from your yesterday, he mentioned me with a quote I said back in January, when I was right in the middle of the biggest momentum I had ever had:

“True Momentum makes you unstoppable”

The reason I hadn’t written much on that topic in the past few months is not because it was an untrue statement, on the contrary, it’s extremely powerful!

But I had lost it and couldn’t get it back.

 

Wanna know if you’ve ever felt it — True Momentum?

Have you seen the movie Limitless with Bradley Cooper? To a smaller degree, that’s how True Momentum feels.

But don’t get me wrong, it’s far from being easy to reach it. In Bradley’s case, he “cheated” with NZT. I’m talking about legit stuff here. Building it yourself. Doing everything you can to build it up.

MR. Molly Maguire mentioned he built it, and now he’s got a strong momentum. By chatting with him briefly, I could tell he’s feeling it.

Before we get into the guide on how to build it for yourself, here’s how I would define True Momentum in practical terms:

 

True Momentum is when you’re so invested in something that going in the opposite direction has become very difficult. Moving forward happens more easily and at a better pace.

It’s like pushing a boulder down a hill. At first, it goes slowly, but as it goes down the slope, it goes faster and faster, to a point where stopping it becomes much harder. It’s near-unstoppable.

 

Now that I’ve got True Momentum for the third time, it made me want to revisit the topic. I want to give you a definitive guide on how to build it yourself.

I wasn’t completely right in my first story on the subject back in January. I couldn’t see at the time. But now that I had lost it badly and regained it, I have a better idea of how it works to get it, and I’ll give you as many hands-on tips I can.

In this story, I’ll put other linked stories in-line, but please read the whole story first, then you can revisit the ones that interest you most. It’s better to keep the flow of reading.

Suggested Stories For After:

 

True Momentum Really Makes You Unstoppable
It’s Sunday. I told myself I wouldn’t do anything today. I didn’t put an alarm the night before. I “wanted” to sleep…medium.com

Poco A Poco — How To Build Lasting Momentum
Writing wisdom says to not give the answer in the headline. Well, I just did.medium.com

 

23 Key Principles For Building True Momentum

I’ll start by saying that doing everything on that list is near-impossible. There’s no one-size-fits-all answer to building True Momentum, it’s a combination of many of the following things, and what works for one person may not for another.

So here’s how I would plan this if I were you:

  1. Read the suggestions below and note those you think you can implement easily, or already have.
  2. Try to implement them for 1 month straight.
  3. At the end of the month, take note of what worked and what didn’t.
  4. Read this guide again, start from 1.

You see? It’s an iterative process, like most things in life. You won’t get it right the first time.

You’ll know it once you’ve reached True Momentum. MR. Molly Maguire did have to ask me if he had reached it. He just knew. It’s a strong feeling, and it feels great. And I want you to feel it too.

The list below is not in any particular order, pick and choose from there.

And take note of the very important thing:

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing — that’s why we recommend it daily.” — Zig Ziglar

You have to keep doing the things on this list to have lasting True Momentum. I lost it twice. I’ll lose it again. It’s inevitable. But I’ll do everything I can to keep it as long as I can!

 

1. Keep or Make Good Habits, Drop The Bad Ones

This is the starting point, and most likely the most important one. Habits are strong. We’re creatures of habits. Good or bad. Keep the good ones. Make new, better ones. Drop the negative or ineffective ones.

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Books:

Stories:

A Morning Routine Really Does Set You Up For Success — Here’s A 6 Step Process To Create One
It’s 6am on a Tuesday morning. It’s been two weeks since I’ve lost my hard-earned momentum.medium.com

Habits Are Indeed Powerful, Don’t Fall Behind On The Good Ones
6 Tips For Keeping Your Good Habitsmedium.com

 

2. Read Uplifting Content Before Going To Bed

Don’t let yourself go to bed in a bad mood, or by filling your brain with “crap”. I understand that you need to decompress before going to bed. I completely get that.

But what you do before bed affects how you wake up, and the state of mind you’re going to be in for the first part of the day.

My top recommendation here is to read biographies or self-help books. I find them so uplifting. It’s always nice to hear that even the inspiring people in our lives are just as imperfect as we are, sometimes even more so.

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Books:

Stories:

In Need Of Motivation? Try These Simple Tried And True Productivity Tips
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You Are, Or Will Become What you Read
This morning I woke up to a really nice message from a reader of this story I wrote: Stop Being What You Can, Start…medium.com

 

3. Listen To Uplifting Music, Podcasts And People

It might seem strange, but my most productive days seem to be when I’m dancing to music on my chair. Great music puts me in flow state. I feel like I can do anything!

In terms of podcasts, nothing gets me more than the Tim Ferriss Show.

For people, I like to listen to people smarter than I around myself. Or TED talks.

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Stories:

You Are, Or Will Become What You Listen To
What do you listen to?theascent.pub

 

4. Keep Inspiring Quotes Near You

Quotes are insanely powerful. One thing I had realized early on when I started writing was that things people highlighted most in my stories were the quotes I put in them.

And I get it. People far smarter than me have said far smarter things than I have.

Reading at least one good quote a day puts you in the right mood. Keep it on your fridge/desk. Let it be in your face as frequently as possible.

The one I kept the longest the last time I had True Momentum was this one:

“It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.” — Markus Aurelius

Suggested Website

https://addicted2success.com/category/quotes/

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Stories:

41 Short And Powerful Quotes To Make You Feel Unstoppable
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5. Work Out, Even If Just A Little

The best months of my life was when I was doing physical activity. I was feeling great in my body.

I’ve always been a skinny guy, but when I’m working out and seeing even small gains in muscles, I feel incredible.

Whatever your goals are health-wise, be active, measure every little gain, and keep going.

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Stories:

The Ultimate Daily Excuse-Free 20 Minute Workout Routine
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Let’s All Learn This Lesson From Arnold Schwarzenegger
Arnold’s story is an amazing one. If you haven’t read his biography: “Total Recall: My Unbelievable True Life Story”…medium.com

 

6. Have Monthly Goals And Track Them

New Year resolutions suck. They’re near-impossible to achieve.

Monthly goals, on the other hand, are excellent. Committing to goals for a month is doable, and leads to building great habits. It’s great to experiment and see what works for you, and what doesn’t.

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What Do You Want To Be Most Proud Of In The Next 3 Months?
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7. Make A Clear Task List

I work on at least 4 projects on a daily basis. A lot of people would say this is insane and counter-productive, and they would be mostly right.

I’ve been disorganized and lost many times. I was using simple To Do lists and had a really hard time tracking my progress on the various projects.

A few weeks ago, I started using TeamWeek and my productivity sky-rocketed!

                                                      My task list on TeamWeek

                                                     My task list on TeamWeek

TeamWeek is basically a Gantt chart. The colours are different project. You can see a lot of tasks in there. But you’re missing about half of them…

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Stories:

Tried and True: 7 tips on staying motivated and productive
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8. Aim Freaking High

Always make your lists bigger than you can chew. We, as humans, like comfort. If we allow ourselves to be comfortable, we end up doing close to nothing.

Make your lists big. But make sure the tasks are small and achievable. I have about 15–20 things to do every day. Most are 10 minute tasks.

If I aim to accomplish 10 tasks. I will. And I will be “satisfied”. Now if I aim to accomplish 20 tasks and complete 15–18 of them, I’ll be pumped. I won’t see time go by and the dopamine rush I’ll get rush for accomplishing so much will strongly contribute to building that True Momentum up.

Suggested Website

www.dannyforest.com

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Embrace The Word “Impossible”
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9. Prepare Your Next Day The Night Before

What I’m proposing you here is to simply make a list of things you want to accomplish for the next day a few hours before bed, and then review it shortly before “calling it a night”.

Don’t make it too complex. Just a simple list. It shouldn’t take more than 5 minutes. I usually come up with a list of anywhere between 10–20 things to do.

Here’s what happens when you prepare your next day the night before:

While you sleep, your subconscious is “working on” things you “fed it” before going to bed. When you feed it with things you want to accomplish for the next day, it will “prepare” you for them.

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Stories:

This 5-Minute Habit Will Make You More Productive And Build Your Momentum
What do you do one or two hours before you go to bed?medium.com

 

10. Write For Yourself

Writing has been a powerful medium for me to express myself. I never knew I had so much to say, let alone inspire people along the way.

I did it for myself, really.

Yet putting all my thoughts in writing has been a phenomenal way to free my mind and think clearly, ultimately leading to some momentum.

Suggested Website

https://findingtom.com/, by Tom Kuegler

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Stories:

How To Be A Remarkable Writer
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Should You Write One Story A Day? Here’s What I Learned From The Last Two Months
I really didn’t want to write yet another post about “writing a story a day”. Many people have done that before me.medium.com

 

11. Delegate To People You Trust

This is WAY underrated! I thought people who delegated were lazy. I didn’t get the 4-Hour Workweek the first time I read it.

There was a guy I worked with who was so proud of letting others do the work for him. Turns out he was secretly a genius.

There are so many things I was doing that could easily be done by someone either more qualified, or with more time doing simpler things.

Since I hired my assistant in February, I was able to focus on the things I’m good at, and have increased my productivity up to 10x.

Suggested Reading

Books:

Stories:

How To Accomplish Your Goals 10x Faster And Better
If it wasn’t for the people helping me, I certainly wouldn’t have accomplished all that I have.medium.com

 

12. Have A Semi-Strict Routine

My wife hates my daily schedule/routine. It’s pretty obsessive indeed. But damn it works. The more I stick to it, the more productive I am.

I tweak it every month. Here’s what it looks like for this month:

 As you can see, most items in the list are not *that* detailed. I don’t say what I’ll be working on, what my workout is, what I’ll be eating, etc — that changes every day.   Suggested Reading   Stories:    Make Next Month Your Most Productive Month Ever Using This 3 Steps Strategy   April is just around the corner. I’m personally really excited for it! medium.com      13. Don’t Stop When It Hurts  How do you build muscles? You continue when it starts hurting.  And you know what? That’s how you grow in anything in life. No pain no gain.  If you stop when it’s hard, you just wasted valuable energy and will NOT build momentum. Recognize when you’re in a dip, and then get out of it!   Suggested Reading   Books:   The Dip , but Seth Godin  Stories:    When You Think You Are An Impostor, You Are On The Right Track   Have you ever felt like you shouldn’t be doing something because you felt under-qualified, yet circumstances made it so… medium.com     It’s Your Fault If You “Fail”, And How To Grow From That   The other day I read the follow quote: medium.com      14. Surround Yourself With Motivated People  Here’s one of my favourite quote of all times:  “You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with.” — Jim Rohn  This is so true.  I seek mentors. I seek positive people. I seek people who get stuff done.  I can only work from co-working spaces, mostly because of that. This, along with delegating, are the main cause for intense productivity.   Suggested co-working spaces    The Living Room , by Ben Kolp   AngkorHUB , by  Jeff Laflamme ,  AngkorHUB    ProjectSpaces , by  Jeffrey Howard    WeWork , by Adam Neumann and Miguel McKelvey   Suggested Reading   Stories:    You Want To Achieve More? Be In The Right Room   Let’s start with a little reflexion here: medium.com     Are You Even Mentor-able?   “When the student is ready the teacher will appear.” — Buddha medium.com      14. Walk To Work, and Limit Wasted Time  Walking to work is one of the most “meditative” things you can do. Going in, you can prepare for what’s to come. Going out, you can disconnect from work.  When back home, analyze how you spend your time. We all waste time on “useless” things. And I’m not saying to not watch TV or play video games, but realize that there’s a time when you need it, and a time when it’s a waste.   Suggested Reading   Stories:    Want To Be More Productive? Start This Simple Daily Habit   I walk fast. Really fast. medium.com     Analyze How You Spend Your Time, And You will Realize There Is Plenty Of Free Time   Last night I saw one of my brothers for the first time in 6 months. It was really nice catching up with him. medium.com      Constantly Learn New Things  That’s probably what I’ve written the most about, and what contributed the most to the changes in my life.  “The future belongs to those who learn more skills and combine them in creative ways.” ― Robert Greene, Mastery  Everything I’m doing today — my “successes”, my “failures” — it’s all because I had decided I wanted to consciously learn 3 new skills every month back in September 2017.   Suggested Website    www.dannyforest.com    Suggested Reading   Books:   Unlimited Memory , by Grandmaster Kevin Horsley   How We Learn , by Benedict Carey  Stories:    How To Learn 108 New Skills In The Next 3 Years   The moment I read and understood the following quote is the moment I knew I had to turn my life around and become a… medium.com     Learn More Skills, For Your Future’s Sake!   “The future belongs to those who learn more skills and combine them in creative ways.” ― Robert Greene, Mastery medium.com     Improve Everything In Your Life by Learning 3 New Skills Every Month   As I frequently write about, I learn 3 new skills every month. It’s a “calculated” approach that helps improve… medium.com      15. Learn To Power Nap  Power napping is a skill, and it’s hard to master. I’ve mastered it over the years, and it’s been a key ingredient to my productivity.  We can’t be alert 100% of the time during the day. When my energy levels are low, I power nap. Once. Twice. Three times a day! Who cares.  15 minutes after power napping, I’m back in peak state and accomplish so much more than if I didn’t nap.   Suggested Reading   Stories:    Quick Tip On How To Stay Awake During The Day When Waking Up Really Early   How I wake up at 4:30am and still manage to be productive until 7pm. medium.com     Pro Tips For Power Napping Like A King   I power nap almost every day. And I swear I’m no lazy bastard. medium.com      16. Learn To Meditate and Journal  I knew meditation would be hard when I decided to start doing it. But what I didn’t realize was that it’s a skill and it needs practice. I quickly learned that I had the wrong expectations, and that held me back. Meditation is not about “not thinking”, it’s about being aware.  When I started journaling, I had the preconception that it was a dumb idea and that I wouldn’t have anything to say. I could not have been more wrong. On my first journaling session, I wrote for 3 hours without even noticing.  It’s a powerful tool that frees up your mind and aligns your goals together. You become more aware and focused.   Suggested Tools    Headspace    Benjamin P. Hardy ’s  Journaling Course    Suggested Reading   Books:  Willpower Doesn’t Work, by  Benjamin P. Hardy      17. Take A Well-Deserved Vacation  It’s hard to brake when your pedal is all the way back. But you know what, sometimes that’s exactly when you need to brake.  You can’t function at peak state when you’re constantly under pressure.  Dare take vacations, you need them!   Suggested Reading   Stories:    Work Hard, Brake Hard   When I left Canada 7 months ago, I went to a co-working/co-living space in Siem Reap, Cambodia. My goal was to focus on… medium.com     Resting Really Is A Crucial Part Of Your Success — Embrace It   “I regularly take a vacation from all my productive activities.” medium.com      18. Don’t Be Alone  I’m an introvert. I like solitude. I’m so drained whenever I’m surrounded by people.  But I need to have people around me once in a while, to share my stories, my experiences, my “successes”, my “failures”, etc. Everyone does.  Everyone needs to be uplifted, and you can’t (easily) do it alone.   Suggested Reading   Stories:    We All Need Someone Who Truly Understands Us   I don’t live a conventional life by any means. medium.com     How Many Meaningful Relationships Do You Have, And Why Does It Matter?   A meaningful relationship is one that’s open and honest in a way that lets people be straight with each other medium.com     You Want To Achieve More? Be In The Right Room   Let’s start with a little reflexion here: medium.com      19. Meet New People, Attend Events, Do Things Outside Of Work  Meeting new people and doing things outside of work is very important both for your sanity and for making important connections.  I voluntarily go out to seek and talk to people that are now helping with some of my projects. And of course, I help in return!  You gotta have things outside of work. You can’t be all work and no play. Work hard, play hard. Cliché I know, but it’s true.   Suggested Reading   Stories:    It’s All About Who You Meet   Plus, 4 Tested Tips On Meeting More Interesting People medium.com     You Are, Or Will Become, your Environment   A lot of the inspiration comes from my own experience living in completely different areas of the world in the last few… medium.com     Do Talk To Strangers And Get Inspired By Their Stories   Yesterday I was walking down the streets of Montreal with my wife in search of an independent coffee shop so we could… medium.com      20. Do Good, Be Grateful  I don’t know of anyone who has True Momentum and are not doing good. Doing good is so rewarding and gives you such a high.  And when someone does good to you, be grateful. Gratefulness is almost as powerful as doing good yourself.   Suggested Reading   Stories:    I Helped Someone, And I Liked It   How Being Selfish Is Not The Way medium.com     Become Happier By Recognizing And Thanking People Who Inspire You   How many people around you inspire you? medium.com     Be Aware Of All The Greatness Around You   When’s the last time you stopped and looked around? medium.com      21. Celebrate The Small Wins  If you’re like most of us, you don’t get many big wins in a month. It’s hard to keep our motivation when we don’t win frequently. It’s not by accident that people, including myself, rush to video games — you are constantly being rewarded. That’s also why we’re trying to gamify everything now.  So I say to you, every time a small event happens where it could be considered a “win”, acknowledge it. Take note of it. Have a “success” journal. Here’s an example of things I saved yesterday:

As you can see, most items in the list are not *that* detailed. I don’t say what I’ll be working on, what my workout is, what I’ll be eating, etc — that changes every day.

Suggested Reading

Stories:

Make Next Month Your Most Productive Month Ever Using This 3 Steps Strategy
April is just around the corner. I’m personally really excited for it!medium.com

 

13. Don’t Stop When It Hurts

How do you build muscles? You continue when it starts hurting.

And you know what? That’s how you grow in anything in life. No pain no gain.

If you stop when it’s hard, you just wasted valuable energy and will NOT build momentum. Recognize when you’re in a dip, and then get out of it!

Suggested Reading

Books:

The Dip, but Seth Godin

Stories:

When You Think You Are An Impostor, You Are On The Right Track
Have you ever felt like you shouldn’t be doing something because you felt under-qualified, yet circumstances made it so…medium.com

It’s Your Fault If You “Fail”, And How To Grow From That
The other day I read the follow quote:medium.com

 

14. Surround Yourself With Motivated People

Here’s one of my favourite quote of all times:

“You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with.” — Jim Rohn

This is so true.

I seek mentors. I seek positive people. I seek people who get stuff done.

I can only work from co-working spaces, mostly because of that. This, along with delegating, are the main cause for intense productivity.

Suggested co-working spaces

The Living Room, by Ben Kolp

AngkorHUB, by Jeff LaflammeAngkorHUB

ProjectSpaces, by Jeffrey Howard

WeWork, by Adam Neumann and Miguel McKelvey

Suggested Reading

Stories:

You Want To Achieve More? Be In The Right Room
Let’s start with a little reflexion here:medium.com

Are You Even Mentor-able?
“When the student is ready the teacher will appear.” — Buddhamedium.com

 

14. Walk To Work, and Limit Wasted Time

Walking to work is one of the most “meditative” things you can do. Going in, you can prepare for what’s to come. Going out, you can disconnect from work.

When back home, analyze how you spend your time. We all waste time on “useless” things. And I’m not saying to not watch TV or play video games, but realize that there’s a time when you need it, and a time when it’s a waste.

Suggested Reading

Stories:

Want To Be More Productive? Start This Simple Daily Habit
I walk fast. Really fast.medium.com

Analyze How You Spend Your Time, And You will Realize There Is Plenty Of Free Time
Last night I saw one of my brothers for the first time in 6 months. It was really nice catching up with him.medium.com

 

Constantly Learn New Things

That’s probably what I’ve written the most about, and what contributed the most to the changes in my life.

“The future belongs to those who learn more skills and combine them in creative ways.” ― Robert Greene, Mastery

Everything I’m doing today — my “successes”, my “failures” — it’s all because I had decided I wanted to consciously learn 3 new skills every month back in September 2017.

Suggested Website

www.dannyforest.com

Suggested Reading

Books:

Unlimited Memory, by Grandmaster Kevin Horsley

How We Learn, by Benedict Carey

Stories:

How To Learn 108 New Skills In The Next 3 Years
The moment I read and understood the following quote is the moment I knew I had to turn my life around and become a…medium.com

Learn More Skills, For Your Future’s Sake!
“The future belongs to those who learn more skills and combine them in creative ways.” ― Robert Greene, Masterymedium.com

Improve Everything In Your Life by Learning 3 New Skills Every Month
As I frequently write about, I learn 3 new skills every month. It’s a “calculated” approach that helps improve…medium.com

 

15. Learn To Power Nap

Power napping is a skill, and it’s hard to master. I’ve mastered it over the years, and it’s been a key ingredient to my productivity.

We can’t be alert 100% of the time during the day. When my energy levels are low, I power nap. Once. Twice. Three times a day! Who cares.

15 minutes after power napping, I’m back in peak state and accomplish so much more than if I didn’t nap.

Suggested Reading

Stories:

Quick Tip On How To Stay Awake During The Day When Waking Up Really Early
How I wake up at 4:30am and still manage to be productive until 7pm.medium.com

Pro Tips For Power Napping Like A King
I power nap almost every day. And I swear I’m no lazy bastard.medium.com

 

16. Learn To Meditate and Journal

I knew meditation would be hard when I decided to start doing it. But what I didn’t realize was that it’s a skill and it needs practice. I quickly learned that I had the wrong expectations, and that held me back. Meditation is not about “not thinking”, it’s about being aware.

When I started journaling, I had the preconception that it was a dumb idea and that I wouldn’t have anything to say. I could not have been more wrong. On my first journaling session, I wrote for 3 hours without even noticing.

It’s a powerful tool that frees up your mind and aligns your goals together. You become more aware and focused.

Suggested Tools

Headspace

Benjamin P. Hardy’s Journaling Course

Suggested Reading

Books:

Willpower Doesn’t Work, by Benjamin P. Hardy

 

17. Take A Well-Deserved Vacation

It’s hard to brake when your pedal is all the way back. But you know what, sometimes that’s exactly when you need to brake.

You can’t function at peak state when you’re constantly under pressure.

Dare take vacations, you need them!

Suggested Reading

Stories:

Work Hard, Brake Hard
When I left Canada 7 months ago, I went to a co-working/co-living space in Siem Reap, Cambodia. My goal was to focus on…medium.com

Resting Really Is A Crucial Part Of Your Success — Embrace It
“I regularly take a vacation from all my productive activities.”medium.com

 

18. Don’t Be Alone

I’m an introvert. I like solitude. I’m so drained whenever I’m surrounded by people.

But I need to have people around me once in a while, to share my stories, my experiences, my “successes”, my “failures”, etc. Everyone does.

Everyone needs to be uplifted, and you can’t (easily) do it alone.

Suggested Reading

Stories:

We All Need Someone Who Truly Understands Us
I don’t live a conventional life by any means.medium.com

How Many Meaningful Relationships Do You Have, And Why Does It Matter?
A meaningful relationship is one that’s open and honest in a way that lets people be straight with each othermedium.com

You Want To Achieve More? Be In The Right Room
Let’s start with a little reflexion here:medium.com

 

19. Meet New People, Attend Events, Do Things Outside Of Work

Meeting new people and doing things outside of work is very important both for your sanity and for making important connections.

I voluntarily go out to seek and talk to people that are now helping with some of my projects. And of course, I help in return!

You gotta have things outside of work. You can’t be all work and no play. Work hard, play hard. Cliché I know, but it’s true.

Suggested Reading

Stories:

It’s All About Who You Meet
Plus, 4 Tested Tips On Meeting More Interesting Peoplemedium.com

You Are, Or Will Become, your Environment
A lot of the inspiration comes from my own experience living in completely different areas of the world in the last few…medium.com

Do Talk To Strangers And Get Inspired By Their Stories
Yesterday I was walking down the streets of Montreal with my wife in search of an independent coffee shop so we could…medium.com

 

20. Do Good, Be Grateful

I don’t know of anyone who has True Momentum and are not doing good. Doing good is so rewarding and gives you such a high.

And when someone does good to you, be grateful. Gratefulness is almost as powerful as doing good yourself.

Suggested Reading

Stories:

I Helped Someone, And I Liked It
How Being Selfish Is Not The Waymedium.com

Become Happier By Recognizing And Thanking People Who Inspire You
How many people around you inspire you?medium.com

Be Aware Of All The Greatness Around You
When’s the last time you stopped and looked around?medium.com

 

21. Celebrate The Small Wins

If you’re like most of us, you don’t get many big wins in a month. It’s hard to keep our motivation when we don’t win frequently. It’s not by accident that people, including myself, rush to video games — you are constantly being rewarded. That’s also why we’re trying to gamify everything now.

So I say to you, every time a small event happens where it could be considered a “win”, acknowledge it. Take note of it. Have a “success” journal. Here’s an example of things I saved yesterday:

                                                      Quote from  MR. Molly Maguire

                                                     Quote from MR. Molly Maguire

                Comments on  one my Instagram photos , by  Erin Zaikis  and  Julia Gao Miller

               Comments on one my Instagram photos, by Erin Zaikis and Julia Gao Miller

That’s it! These are not big wins, but they totally uplifted me, and is the main reason I’m writing on this topic today!

Suggested Reading

Books:

Stories:

Celebrate The Small Wins, Reach For The Big Wins
Constantly Winning Is The Best Boost You Can Getmedium.com

 

Conclusion

That is by far the longest, but the most insightful article I have written yet! I certainly don’t expect you that have read all that in one go.

Here’s what I suggest you do:

Bookmark this, and refer to it regularly.

Here’s a quick recap of ideas to build True Momentum (makes for a good list on your fridge!):

 

  • Keep or Make Good Habits, Drop The Bad Ones
  • Reading Uplifting Content Before Going To Bed
  • Listen To Uplifting Music, Podcasts And People
  • Keep Inspiring Quotes Near You
  • Work Out, Even If Just A Little
  • Have Monthly Goals And Track Them
  • Make A Clear Task List
  • Aim Freaking High
  • Prepare Your Next Day The Night Before
  • Write For Yourself
  • Delegate To People You Trust
  • Have A Semi-Strict Routine
  • Don’t Stop When It Hurts
  • Surround Yourself With Motivated People
  • Walk To Work, and Limit Wasted Time
  • Constantly Learn New Things
  • Learn To Power Nap
  • Learn To Meditate and Journal
  • Take A Well-Deserved Vacation
  • Don’t Be Alone
  • Meet New People, Attend Events, Do Things Outside Of Work
  • Do Good, Be Grateful
  • Celebrate The Small Wins

 

Be consistent in working towards your goals. Don’t skip. Do. Even when you don’t want to. Every small gain builds your momentum. Momentum makes you unstoppable!

You can do this!

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First published here: https://medium.com/@danny_forest/the-definitive-guide-to-building-true-momentum-and-becoming-unstoppable-cb1f18611e6f