Today’s post is about the importance of “Keeping the Momentum Going”. More specifically, it’s about staying motivated throughout the course of your journey. You’re almost there! Stay with it!! One of my favorite analogies on the power of momentum Jim Collins’ Fylwheel Effect, as discussed in his book Good to Great (fantastic read, by the way). Collins uses his Flywheel Effect analogy to demonstrate the necessity of gaining momentum in turning a business from Good to Great – this same concept can be easily applied to health & fitness. Here is an excerpt from his book Good to Great:
“[P]icture a huge, heavy flywheel. It’s a massive, metal disk mounted horizontally on an axle. It’s about 100 feet in diameter, 10 feet thick, and it weighs about 25 tons. That flywheel is your company.
Right now, the flywheel is at a standstill. To get it moving, you make a tremendous effort. You push with all your might, and finally you get the flywheel to inch forward. After two or three days of sustained effort, you get the flywheel to complete one entire turn. You keep pushing, and the flywheel begins to move a bit faster. It takes a lot of work, but at last the flywheel makes a second rotation. You keep pushing steadily. It makes three turns, four turns, five, six. With each turn, it moves faster, and then—at some point, you can’t say exactly when—you break through. The momentum of the heavy wheel kicks in your favor. It spins faster and faster, with its own weight propelling it. You aren’t pushing any harder, but the flywheel is accelerating, its momentum building, its speed increasing.
Now, this analogy was prepared to show how momentum is needed to turn a company from Good to Great. The need for gaining momentum as just as important for long-term success in health & fitness as it is the corporate world, especially for those that are training for their first-ever 5K or 10K. The fact that you’re reading this means you’ve already taken the first step and you’ve started to get that Flywheel moving. It will get easier and easier to accomplish your goals as long as you continue to build upon the momentum you’ve created through the hard work you have already put in.