Momentum in business is feeling like everything is falling into place. You feel unstoppable and everything works out your way.
How to Use Momentum to Your Advantage
Begin with your goals. Start by asking, “What do I want to accomplish?” Set clear and precise goals, because the more precise you are, the easier it becomes to move forward.
It’s easier to take actions if you have a clear vision. And you can use your goals as “fuel” to build momentum. The cycle continues because increased momentum will fuel new goals, and new goals will build more momentum. This is why your momentum is important.
Losing momentum makes you lose focus, and it becomes hard to get things done.
To maintain momentum, keep fueling the engine even though you’re already moving at your desired speed. Many people stop adding fuel as soon as they reach that speed. This causes them to lose momentum gradually and before they know it, they’re standing still. And they lose their focus.
Believing is the difference between a world changer and a naysayer – people who believe they can change the world and those who remain stagnant. Let no one steal your belief because it is the fuel behind every success.
2. Get a quick win
Success is contagious. When we succeed at something, we believe we’ll keep succeeding. In your journey to do extraordinary things, don’t go for the mountain – start by conquering an anthill. This quick win will set the tone and lay a foundation for future achievements.
3. Build on results
There is a huge difference between actions and results. Many people focus on accomplishing things that don’t help them move closer to their goals. Spend your time and energy on actions that produce results. Those that move you closer to your goals. Every result enables us to see a little further and believe more.
4. Maintain a level head
The journey to achieving your goals is full of challenges, but always keep things in perspective. Don’t get too excited when things are good and don’t get too low when things are bad. If you keep moving, you’ll eventually achieve your goals.
Momentum provides an easier and more efficient form of growth. However, you need the ambition to break from using more resources to fuel it. Because the things that seem to push you forward are the same things pulling you back. Momentum doesn’t happen by chance, and nor is it willed into existence. To achieve momentum, you need to understand its source, and then relentlessly fuel it.
Being a business owner or an entrepreneur can be overwhelming and exhausting. So how do some people seem to thrive and achieve their goals and dreams while others struggle? The answer is mindset. To start taking steps today to embrace a success mindset get a copy of my free checklist, Cultivating A Growth Mindset.
Winter can be one of the most challenging seasons for driving. Weather extremes might include heavy snow, freezing fog, reduced visibility, slippery conditions on the road, and more. But it is also a time when many of us are still very busy – especially when preparing for Christmas and New Year.
While it is important to prepare well for driving in Winter and take all the necessary safety precautions, this does not need to be difficult or time-consuming.
With the simple but highly effective tips below, you can prepare your car to meet the challenges of Winter and enjoy a smooth season of driving.
TIP 1: Book In Advance
As the busy holiday season of Halloween, Bonfire Night, and Christmas approaches, demand for services may be higher than ever. This is also true of all things automotive.
If you urgently need a repair or service, consider booking early to avoid disappointment. Many garages are currently experiencing busy periods and may have weeks of waiting time to consider.
This is also the case for driving tests – which have experienced a major backlog since lockdown, when social distancing made taking the test difficult or even impossible.
Leaving an issue too late, such as a problem that then makes the car unsafe to drive, can be a major inconvenience. To avoid disappointment, aim to book necessary services and appointments well in advance.
TIP 2: Reduce Your Driving
Where possible, it can be helpful to reduce your driving in the Winter to only include essential journeys.
Sticking to essential journeys can be safer as well as more environmentally friendly. You will not be contributing to additional congestion on the roads, or risking dangerous icy conditions, for example.
If you use your car for work or business deliveries, consider delegating the task or outsourcing where possible. For example, more businesses than ever are switching to professional couriers to reduce their own driving.
Decreasing your driving – or at least driving in a more fuel-efficient manner – is a great way to reduce overall spending and keep your Winter budget in check too. This is especially important due to certain seasonal added costs such as Christmas shopping and increased heating bills, for example.
TIP 3: Make Any Minor Repairs
It can be tempting to skip a car service until we find we have a serious issue that needs to be addressed. But taking early action can be safer and more cost-effective in the long run.
Winter weather often exacerbates existing complications. It can make small issues into big problems in a short space of time, and leave you urgently needing a service at a very busy time of year.
You can avoid this problem by doing a realistic assessment of what is currently bothering you about your car – such as unusual sounds, struggles, or a crack in the windscreen, for example – and then booking in at a reputable garage to get everything sorted.
Shoring up minor issues is a great way to reduce the likelihood of a major issue later down the line as the weather becomes more severe.
TIP 4: Be Prepared
There is no better way to deal with an emergency or inconvenience than to be prepared for it in advance. Any change of season – and perhaps especially Winter – is a great time to take steps to prepare your car.
This can include ensuring that you have up-to-date breakdown cover or roadside rescue in the event of an emergency, as well as packing your own essentials kit. A kit might include anti-freeze, blankets, a torch, mobile phone charger, water, and any details for your breakdown cover.
It can also be worth checking any important routes in advance in case of diversions or accidents, and allowing extra time for journeys in the event of bad weather. This may be especially important for visits to family, or to Santa’s Grotto!
Plan ahead, allow extra time, and you will be prepared for any eventuality.
TIP 5: Protect Your Car
The Winter season can be punishing for a car. Damage can be caused by excess moisture, frost, rust, and more.
Take extra steps to prepare and protect your car where possible – such as investing in a car cover, using a garage, or even just parking safely – such as far from trees in windy conditions.
You could also invest in specialised Winter tyres with the safest tread depth, incorporate a regular check process in your routine to identify any problems, as well as being sure to clean your lights and windscreens of any debris.
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