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Momentum by Michael McQueen

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01 INTRODUCING MOMENTUM

Momentum is a funny thing. While the physical phenomenon may be simple to scientifically measure, in everyday life it is often relegated to little more than a subjective and fleeting sensation. Much like the wind, momentum can't be seen — but you can certainly feel its presence.

Leaders will describe the sense of momentum they feel when their organisation is kicking goals month on month. Runners describe the flow-state of momentum at the halfway mark of a marathon when their body begins to run the race with a rhythm of its own. And we all know that thrill of work days when it feels like the tailwind of momentum is our best friend and everything we set out to do happens with ease and effortlessness.

Much like the wind, momentum can't be seen — but you can certainly feel its presence.

However, while momentum feels great, it can also seem as elusive as the fickle flashes of inspiration — here one minute and gone the next. Although it can be hard to pin down where momentum comes from, we certainly know how to describe the sensation when it hits us.

Here are just a few of the sentiments I routinely hear from clients as they describe the feeling of having momentum:

  • ‘I feel like I'm in a groove or in my element — just holding on for the ride!'
  • ‘Everything and everyone seems to be in sync. Such a great feeling of harmony and synergy.'
  • ‘I was on a roll and everything just seemed to come together at exactly the right time.'
  • ‘I felt as if I was in a sweet spot ...

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