When you’re faced with your next project, goal, or task, your first step is to just get started. That sounds obvious right? But, that is the hardest part.
You have projects right now that you want to complete or goals that you want to accomplish, but you haven’t made any progress on them. They are just sitting there nagging at you.
You just can’t seem to get started. There is so much to do that it feels like you’re going to have to climb a mountain.
It’s All About Momentum
Think about those “World’s Strongest Man” competitions where men have pulled fire trucks, train cars, and airplanes over 100ft. The vehicles weigh well over 10 tons. Men strap a harness to the front of the vehicle, slip the harness over their shoulders and pull.
The start is the most difficult part of pulling the vehicle. In the video below, you’ll see that this man’s feet don’t even move at the beginning. But as the truck starts moving, his feet actually start moving quickly.
Here’s a video of Magnus Samuelson pulling a fire truck:
Getting all of that weight to move – starting – is the hardest part. Once Magnus gets started, the momentum of the truck starts helping and moving it becomes easier and faster.
This same thing applies to the things you’re trying to accomplish in life. Starting is the hardest part, but once you have momentum, it becomes easier and faster.
Unlike the strongman, I don’t encourage you to start with the thing that takes the most energy. Find the smallest, fastest, simplest thing you can do and start there. Find something easy to do that will get the momentum going.
- If you want to exercise today, put on your workout clothes and take a walk.
- If you want to create the habit of exercising every day, start with 10 minutes / day.
- If you want to work on the honey do list, find the easiest job and start the smallest part of it.
- If you want to lose 20 lbs this year, work on losing 1 lb this week.
- If you want to clean off your desk, put all of the papers in one stack.
After starting, there is still work to do. Like the strongman, you will still have to expend energy. Remember though, that the most difficult part is getting started.
If you understand this concept, and you start – even when faced with the mountain to climb – you will see an exponential growth in the amount you accomplish.
If you want to be more productive and accomplish more, find small things to do to help you start.
Share with us how you used this concept. How did it work for you? What did you accomplish?