As I started college I was told by friends and family that great things would begin to happen. I was ready to embrace the new experience. I left for Indiana in August during allergy season with a cast on my right arm. I sneezed and sweated through the first few weeks of classes and those classes were harder than expected. It was a terrible start. I lacked momentum as my college career began.
As I start 2014 there are plenty of encouraging messages being blasted out from all media sources telling me to be positive and embrace the new year. But I don’t want to fall for that again. Simply claiming momentum won’t make it so. Getting through the holidays takes a lot of energy. The end of this stressful time typically brings some welcome rest. And now somehow I am supposed to launch energetically into a new year. As Newton’s first law of physics points out, an object at rest will stay at rest unless an outside force acts upon it! Business and life demand our energy. It helps to be passionate but it can not be forced. You can not force momentum….but you can nurture it.
As 2014 begins I plan to nurture the momentum that I need to propel myself forward. There are three key elements to this plan. They have worked for me before so I expect good results.
- Open up to new things – Take one day at a time and watch for opportunities to create momentum. Trying new things can reveal new abilities and interests. As the new year begins there will be chances to engage in physical and mental activities that will take you out of your comfort zone. Surprise yourself.
- Learn constantly – Don’t think that graduation from formal education is the end. There are so many new things to learn. Read, watch, listen. Get your creative juices flowing.
- Try, Try again – Failure is not a problem. Not trying is the problem. If January starts out slowly or if there are stumbles as you begin, February is not far behind. Pick up and start again.
My college start was not smooth but I did nurture my own momentum to send me successfully through a great college experience. I did it by applying these same ideas. I took risk and signed up for things I had not done before. I got involved in student government, a sorority and several academic societies. I never lived in my home town again. Instead, I chose to take a summer job in Michigan working for GM. I embraced physics which was my first academic challenge. Eventually it became my favorite class. I didn’t give up in the face of disappointment. I didn’t always get the grade or the job or the boy or the position I went for at the time, but I continued to go for what I wanted and was propelled forward to a broader future than I could ever have imagined.
In 2014 I resolve to keep an open mind to what is around the corner. While I don’t feel the momentum yet, I am certain that I will be swept up in it as the year gets going. And I will do my best to nurture that momentum myself. Join me!
“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no help at all.” – Dale Carnegie