Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

January 1, 2014

Why Momentum Not New Resolutions Is The Key To A Better Year.

It is hard work to learn a new skill. It is not easy to break old habits. Starting something new requires extraordinary focus and attention. Momentum, on the other hand, just requires a tiny next step.

It is easy to fantasize about your new resolution as being the magical difference between success and failure — that by deciding to turn over a new leaf everything will suddenly be new and better for you moving forward.

But it is also going to be a lot harder for you.

Things are going to get worse before they get better — because momentum is what moves mountains. Not swinging the first blow.

Perhaps instead of new resolutions you just need to take the next step from where you are right now. Instead of deciding that you need something new and magical and hopeful in your life, you just need to do what you know you should be doing already.

Shuffling along. Moving forward. Just not stopping.

The key to success is to maintain your momentum.

Getting started is the hardest part of getting to where you want to be. Building up enough power and planning and potential to break past the barriers holding you back. But when you’re already moving, it’s easier to change course. To adapt. To prioritize. Because you have momentum.

And that momentum is what propels you towards where you want to be.

So maybe it’s time to stop resolving and just keep moving.

Maybe it’s time to stop flailing wildly in the dark for a magical elixir and just do the unglamorous job of grinding out what needs to be done each day.

After all, if you keep moving towards where you want to be you’ll eventually get there.

About the author

Dan Waldschmidt

Dan Waldschmidt doesn’t just talk about leveling up. He’s obsessed with it. He's set records as an ultra-runner and been the personal strategist for the leading business leaders of our time. He wrote a book, called EDGY Conversations that accidentally became a worldwide bestseller and continues to share his insights from the stage as a keynote speaker and on the blogs and podcasts you will find here. Most days, you'll find Dan heads-down, working on breakthrough strategies for his clients at EDGY Inc, a highly-focused, invite-only, business strategy execution company based out of Silicon Valley.