MOMENTUM: The Wednesday Word #WednesdayWisdom
INTRO: Now that you have the inspiration, how do you keep the fire going? How do you get today’s word, add to today’s word and keep it?
WORD: Momentum (noun)
DEFINITION of Momentum:
- the quantity of motion of a moving body, measured as a product of its mass and velocity.
- the impetus gained by a moving object.
“the vehicle gained momentum as the road dipped”
- the impetus and driving force gained by the development of a process or course of events.
“the investigation gathered momentum in the spring”
SYNONYMS: impetus, energy, force, power, strength, drive, thrust, push, driving power, steam, impulse, speed, velocity.
ETYMOLOGY of Momentum:
from Latin momentum “movement, moving power”. Figurative use, “force gained by movement, an impulse, impelling force,” dates from 1782.
Momentum: The Wednesday Word ACTION IDEAS:
In physics, the formula for momentum is p=mv. The p stands for momentum, the m in this case represents mass and the v stands for velocity. Momentum = mass x velocity.
So if you want more momentum in your day, your week, your year and your life you need mass. That’s the something with weight that gets moved. That’s you. Next you need velocity. Velocity is the speed of something in a given direction. Speed. What does Grant Cardone teach us about speed? That speed is power. So how fast can you go today?
Mass x Velocity. Remember, we’re multiplying, not adding. We’re getting more. What gets you going in the morning? What gets your car going in the morning? A combustion. An explosion. Steam engines build momentum by applying pressure. What stokes your fire? What sparks your plug? How big is your target? Where are you going? How fast can you get there? Momentum. Momentum is the product of the discipline to start, the spark of inspiration and optimism and hard work.
Remember the little engine that could?
A little railroad engine was employed about a station yard for such work as it was built for, pulling a few cars on and off the switches. One morning it was waiting for the next call when a long train of freight-cars asked a large engine in the roundhouse to take it over the hill. “I can’t; that is too much a pull for me”, said the great engine built for hard work. Then the train asked another engine, and another, only to hear excuses and be refused.
In desperation, the train asked the little switch engine to draw it up the grade and down on the other side. “I think I can”, puffed the little locomotive, and put itself in front of the great heavy train. As it went on the little engine kept bravely puffing faster and faster, “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.”
As it neared the top of the grade, which had so discouraged the larger engines, it went more slowly. However, it still kept saying, “I—think—I—can, I—think—I—can.” It reached the top by drawing on bravery and then went on down the grade, congratulating itself by saying, “I thought I could, I thought I could.”