After 20 years speaking on stage, I am still learning things. This keeps me engaged. Still making a few errors, but they are not the same errors I made as a beginner. The reason the errors are different is because I now have momentum.
Momentum is important to intuition because the less the brain/mind is filled with trivia and experiencing realities for the first time, the more the intuition can be heard.
Momentum is tied to experience. But experience that doesn't learn from itself is not momentum. We learn, we grow, we improve and we start to be able to deliver more in less time. These are the two keys to momentum. And they are priceless.
When I first started road cycling as a sport, a friend who had been cycling for many years gave me just one piece of advice, she said "momentum" - just remember that word. And now some years later, I still do. In cycling the uphills are always an interesting challenge especially for a body like mine that carries muscle and weight that doesn't always add to great leg power, in other words, for a cyclist, ballast. Dead weight. That weight is an advantage going down hill, so I use it to hit the bottom of uphill climbs as fast as possible. I get some uphill distance free. Momentum gives me a free ride for a while.
In your career you have momentum. A free ride each day. It's wise to use it. You've been doing what you do for a career for more than a few years and that gives you an advantage. More advantage than you might think.
Here are some momentum tricks you might like to apply today:
- Don't sweat the small stuff... you will now know the difference between important things to worry about and small stuff. That's a huge advantage over a younger, less experienced person. Remind yourself to stay focussed on the big stuff and deal easily with the less.
- Be goal orientated. You know what the KPF's are of your job. Simply know the inputs and outputs that cause goals to manifest and do it. This focus is key to getting more done in less time. I remember in my first keynote speech wasting weeks on preparing handouts. Now, I don't even think about it. That's momentum.
- Prioritise. Everyone you meet thinks their watch tells the right time. Everyone thinks their priorities are your priorities because they have their agenda and want to cross load you with stuff that takes them time. They are trying to get more done in less time by cross loading you with their work. Momentum means priorities, it means boundaries. Push back on other people's priorities. Focus on your own.
- Enjoyment. Not all work is fun, but, most is. When you are in your heart and doing work, others feel it and respond in kind. Stay happy in your work, remember the value of your work to the world. It's really important.
- Personal stability. Emotion is destabilising. Confusion is contortion of the spirit. Uncertainty is a feeder system to doubt and fear. By using momentum you feed certainty. And certainty makes money. It might be said that the person who repeats one thing over and over and over again, will ultimately be the $billionaire. So, if there's going to be an area of your life that is unstable, don't make it your financial or career, better to have it your sport.
Here are some don'ts regarding momentum and experience
- Don't change jobs unless you get paid 35% more than you are being paid in your current job. Being paid more means people are valuing your momentum.
- Don't gravitate to excitement in your career. Go for mastery of a science, a function, a product or an art. Accusing your current job of being boring or too easy or not valuable to the world is real ignorance and is probably more a sign of the need to get a life outside of work.
- Don't let people distract you. The communication and interaction with others is a necessity no matter where you go and thinking you'll find a "better bunch" to work with somewhere else is a myth. If you remove interpersonal challenge from your work, it'll come to your personal life. Learn to work around people.
- Consider the purpose of your career / work, primarily a way of building wealth through cash you can invest in making money. But equally important is the fact that you do not want to be continually a beginner in a new industry and therefore, prone to all the learning curve costs that come with new work. Get your jollies from life and let work be the place you get paid a fortune for doing what you love (support and challenge)
Forty years doing one job might look like forty years experience, but it can also be one year of experience forty times. The key is momentum. To learn and apply, to get faster, at doing your job. To get more done in less time. And with that time that's left over, go surfing. Making money is not a matter of how many hours you work but how smart you are in an hour. Momentum means getting a day's work done in one hour, and spending the rest of the day doing whatever you love, and that could be, more work or not. Peel away the wasted time, deal with the guilt that you finished the exam two hours earlier than everyone and you're out throwing basketball hoops while the rest are still slaving away at the exam you finished earlier and faster. That's momentum.