June 13, 2011

Momentum is a Powerful Resource

Momentum is a powerful resource. With it, you can go very far, very fast; losing it requires a huge effort to get it back.

As I have been reviewing my notes and blogs on the 100 Pedals journey, one of the recurring themes that I touch on is staying focused and celebrating an accomplishment every single day.  The reason I was successful, not only to the commitment, but in making significant transitions in my life during those 100 days, is that I never lost focus and I never lost my momentum.

Every single day I rode the bike, made and shared the notes of my thoughts and experiences, and captured the excitement and energy of the experience of the journey.  I never lost progress.  I never started over.  And, I was conscious of the fact that I had a lot of momentum working in my favor.

It takes a great deal of effort, planning, and commitment to simply take on a challenge.  The last thing we need to do once we get started is allow anything to stop or interrupt our progress.  Once the rock is rolling, keep it rolling.  Once we take a step forward toward our goals and our commitment, find a way to do something every single day –even if it is something small and seemingly insignificant—to keep moving in a positive direction.

Nothing kills progress faster and more effectively than losing our momentum.  As I learned about and became more exposed to the issues of addiction the theme “one day at a time” makes sense.  It is impossible to accomplish a commitment of lifetime sobriety without accomplishing it daily.  It is impossible to cover a 100 day objective with a single effort.

The best way for us to get from where we are to where we expect to be is to make focus on accomplishing something one day at a time.  Each one of those days becomes a successful, positive experience that manifests itself in positive energy that pushes forward into the next day.  And, with each successful positive day the result creates an exponential force that drives us toward our goals.

The momentum created by realizing and celebrating our daily accomplishments is a very powerful resource; maintain it, protect it, and leverage it – for it is the most influential key to you achieving your goals and realizing your dreams.

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About Dave Cooke

Dave Cooke is a dad on a mission. His mission is to help parents get control of their lives over the powerful, destructive influences of a child's addiction. As the father of a son in a ten year heroin battle, Dave knows all to well the challenges parents and families face. He also knows there is a way to find peace in the chaos. It is his mission to help parents discover their path to a healthier, balanced life even if a child's active addiction is still part of their daily journey.