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Today’s Topic: Discussion of Momentum
What is momentum?
Velocity x Mass = Momentum
Where do you see momentum?
- This election
- Stock market (“The trend is your friend”)
- Sports (Cubs)
Intro to Psychology of Momentum
Psychological velocity is provided by some important event; in sports that is usually a “big play” that turns the tide: a key interception in a football game or a steal and slam dunk in hoops.
Mass, according to this theory, is provided by the social context: How important is the game? Is a team emotionally invested in the outcome of this game more than others?”
“Multiply” the two to get = Psychological Momentum
Always remember: Momentum is generally “short-lived, temporary in nature”
Iso-Ahola, S. E., & Dotson, C. O. (2016). Psychological momentum: Why success breeds success. Review of General Psychology, 18(1), 19-33.
Ways to harness Momentum:
- Stop negative momentum
- Start small
- Recognize & Reward
- Leverage Habits & Routines
- Take Pride
- Take Breaks, Sustain Energy
Here’s how you build upward momentum:
- Make a list of at least six areas of your life and work that are important to you.
- Resolve to take at least one action, every day, to improve that area of your life.
- Schedule those actions into your daily routine.
- Execute on your plan.
What happens when you encounter issues with friction or direction?
- Determine your present momentum direction (positive or negative?).
- Where is the friction? Work to lessen it.
Previous Week’s Home Exercises
- Write down you goal for this semester. It should be one single goal, something you really, really want, and something you can achieve in 3 months.
- Now that you have a goal, it’s time to map it out. Begin to break the goal down in chunks. Each chunk can be broken down further into steps (not all at once if you don’t want). Give at least one chunk a deadline.
- Take something you’ve been procrastinating on, and “put it to bed.” Either do it, or figure out why you’re not doing it, and take care of that issue. Or don’t do it, and be fine with the fact that you’ve changed directions, or it’s really not due yet.
- How does online learning relate to your goal this semester? It might not currently, but is there a way you can leverage any low cost/free online resources? Think about the lifelong learner.
- Pick one of the Wealth-Building Principles and determine how it can help your goal become a reality. This might be more of a long-term play for many, but consider these principles and which ones you might want to better embrace as you focus on your goals.
- Take stock of where you’re at with your goal progress so far. Make adjustments as needed.
- Evaluate your need to seek help. Do you need help with your goal? Where would you expect to find that help? Write down your possible solutions and make a plan to get that help.
- Figure out one way to build resiliency and anti-fragility in your life. Is there any way that the goal you’re working on will make you more resilient or anti-fragile?
- Brainstorm 1-2 people you can target as mentors to help you reach the goal you’re working on, or some other goal that you have on your radar. This exercise is meant to be long-term in that it might not relate right now to what you’re working on, but my pay off down the road. Start laying the groundwork now.
- Explore your school’s disability office as much as you feel comfortable. It might mean simple web research, calling them, or even making a visit. Find out the services they offer and determine whether they can help you with your goal.
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