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7 Ways To Gain Momentum When Feeling Stuck

Martin Luther King Jr. said:

If you can’t fly, run.

If you can’t run, walk.

If you can’t walk, crawl.

But by all means, keep moving.

There are times in everyone’s life when we feel stuck or just completely exhausted.

Especially when we have big goals and progress is not as rapid as we had hoped.

This is true in life and business, in health & fitness, with money & assets.

It’s okay to be tired but giving up is not an option.

Successful people look for new strategies to build on their accomplishments and gain forward momentum.

Newton’s first law of motion states that an object in motion stays in motion, until a challenging force acts on it, changing its speed or direction.

Both internal and external forces can challenge your will-power. Recognize when a reset is needed, to look at your challenges from a different perspective.

Let’s explore 7 lifehacks to gain momentum and overcome these challenges.


Start with your commitment.

Whether the goal is financial freedom, strong relationships or transitioning from employee to entrepreneur, a mental shift in commitment can be a force for change.

Murphy’s Law implies that everything that can go wrong, will go wrong.

Commit to breaking away from the norm, to consider what the weak points could be before they turn into disasters.

It takes commitment and dedication to gain momentum.

And like compound interest it pays off over time.


Next, look for the pull of inspiration.

It’s that intrinsic instinct and desire pulling you to creative ideas.

This is your big why.

It’s the reason you jump out of bed in the morning and what keeps you anchored through challenges.

This is the one life you have the privilege of living.

And inspiration pulls you to become more.

However, there’s no need to reinvent the wheel. success always leaves great clues.

Study successful people who have travelled your path.

Be a student, not a replica.

A student understands the principles and habits that made them successful, and uses the same strategies to build their own unique path.

Inspiration awakens us to new possibilities by allowing us to transcend our ordinary experiences and removing mental limitations.

Find that pull within you, that makes you feel alive and commit to bringing “it” to life.


Then, make time for change.

We are often distracted by outside influences and busy with being busy.

It’s why many people stay in jobs they loathe, in relationships that leave them lonely,

and in environments that drain them of life.

We use excuses like:

  • “I got sick,”

  • “Game of Thrones came on HBO,”

  • “And it got cold. . . Winter was Coming,” 😊

Real change is rarely comfortable, but what worthwhile endeavor ever is?

Clarify why making a change is so important to you. Create urgency in making time for it and remove distractions from the equation.

Nike got it right with their slogan: "Just Do It".

Once you understand what brings you alive with meaning and purpose, make time for it, and Just Do It.


Act on your Motivation

Getting started is half the battle. Motivation is a complex process that fuels individual activity.

  • The desire for ownership motivates purchasing a home.

  • The desire for personal meaning motivates starting a nonprofit.

  • Or, the desire to feel accomplished motivates building a career.

Motivation is the push that follows the pull in inspiration. It’s crucial for maintaining goal-oriented behaviors.

Identify your motivators and act on them with precision.


Adapt to the Law of Progression

When you are invested in the outcome of any goal, the pressure to make progress never goes away.

Your ability to adapt in many ways to external changes, to evolving inspirations,

to new levels of commitment and consistency, will determine your level of success.

Consider going the extra inch instead of the extra mile, to feel gradual progress.

Success is more about endurance.

It’s a series of small practical steps instead of one giant move, and top performers focus more on the process, not just the outcome.

Make the incremental investment over time to achieve consistent progress.


Develop A Rule of Balance

We’re all striving for that perfect equilibrium.

It’s not something you find, it must be created.

Decide what is important to you and balance your time with those areas.

Ditch the “Fear of Missing Out”.

Your life is not impacted by seeing that high school boyfriend on vacation in his social media profile. There’s a reason why you are no longer together.

Enjoy what inspires and motivates you, at this moment, in this present time.

If you decide to build a family with a strong inner circle of five, cancel that fear of missing out and be the best you can be in those relationships.

Be present without distracting notifications.

If you’ve opted to start a business, again, leave the flock to act on their own. Devote your time to developing in that field.

The king of all life hacks is to master this moment.

Schedule your priorities and delete the rest.


Maintain Momentum

It demands constant forward movement.

  • crawl,

  • walk,

  • run,

  • fly.

Then, create a new goal that builds on the last one.

Crawl again, walk again, run again, fly again.

And repeat, consistently.

That’s the law of momentum: stay in motion.

And when a resisting force is met, keep pushing forward.

One step at a time. . .

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