Graduation can be an exhilarating time. All of the work you have put in over the past few years has finally paid off. You are finally able to step into the working world and put to use all the information you have been taught. The world is your oyster. Every opportunity is at the end of your fingertips. But for some reason that light at the end of the tunnel has become distant again. Maybe you are feeling overwhelmed, underwhelmed or just plain stuck. What you need is more than the inspiring cliches like Nike’s “Just do it” or “Leap and the net will appear”. What you need is momentum!
Momentum means you’re moving, and things are happening. It means you’re making progress, and it feels good! While it is human nature to wish and hope for things, you have to be willing to take initiative and answer the hard questions to get you to where you desire to be. Here are three questions to ask yourself that will get you closer to attaining the momentum you are seeking as you transition from graduation.
What is really stopping you?
Take an honest look at where you are in this transitional season of life. What is holding you back? Are the people you count on for support not showing up for you? Are your goals attainable? Or are you simply drained from busting your tail for the past few years and you need a breather?
Once you answer this question, take it to heart and put to action what it is you need to move beyond the barrier. Whether you need to find a new support system, redefine your goals or indulge in a little R&R to become rejuvenated and refreshed, make it happen!
What do you want to be known for?
“Carve your name on hearts, not tombstones. A legacy is etched into the minds of others and the stories they share about you.” – Shannon L. Alder
This is a big question to answer. Take some time today and think about the legacy you want to leave behind. Do you want to be a memorable leader? Do you want to be known for your compassion for others? Once you clarify your vision and declare the direction you are headed, you will soon uncover the momentum you are in need of and desiring for yourself.
Who can you learn from?
“One of the greatest values of mentors is the ability to see ahead what others cannot see and to help them navigate a course to their destination.” – John C. Maxwell
Whether we need to get out of our own heads or are seeking guidance, mentorship is crucial in advancement. Finding a mentor or someone who can provide insight and lend a listening ear can be very beneficial in many aspects of life, especially as we are in the midst of transitions through life stages. Many times when we sit down and talk to someone about where we are and where we want to be, we hear a story from someone who has had the same issues and sometimes even bigger hurdles to jump than we have had to face. Hearing that they had it hard and made it, helps us recommit to the work ahead.
While getting momentum may sounds simple, the work isn’t easy – but it is always worth it. The time is now! Answer the through questions and break through the inertia that’s keeping you from your dreams! Get momentum and go!
Jason and Jodi Womack met in the front row of history class in college. Jodi asked to borrow Jason’s notes. He said, “No.” That was the beginning of a beautiful relationship. Jason’s “No” quickly turned into a “Yes” and 23 years later they’re still partners in work and life – running their own international consulting firm, The Womack Company, where they help busy professionals be more productive through coaching, consulting, their Get Momentum Leadership Academy, and now their book, Get Momentum: How To Start When You’re Stuck. (Wiley, May 2016)