I’ve often thought life is about momentum.  Think about it. If you roll a ball down a hill,  it gains speed, it picks up momentum. If it picks up enough speed,  enough momentum,  then when it reaches the bottom of the hill and starts up the next hill,  it can make it to the top of that hill. 

The problem is so often we build momentum in the wrong direction.  Something doesn’t work out for some reason and we’re ready to give up. Life throws us a curve ball and we swing and miss. Enough of those swings and misses and we start getting down on ourselves.  We start questioning our self worth, we start questioning our dreams … we start giving up,  not just on our dreams but on ourselves. There’s no worse feeling than giving up on yourself. 

You might be at the bottom of a hill right now and looking up at an impossible mountain to climb.  You might feel defeated right now.  Your self worth might have taken such a beating from life, from people,  from yourself that you have either given up on YOU or are close to it. 

I’ve often talked about small goals,  attainable goals and how reaching a big goal is like taking baby steps.  You have to roll over to get on all fours. Then you have to put one hand in front of you,  move one leg forward.  Eventually, you’ll be crawling,  building momentum so you can, eventually,  walk,  then run. You have to take that first step before you can do anything. 

Whatever is hindering you right now has momentum in your life.  You have to reverse that negative momentum and create positive momentum for yourself. But this didn’t work out before.  But I  can’t afford to.  But I  don’t know how.  But I can’t … 

Stop making excuses for why you can’t do something . When you make excuses you don’t even give yourself a chance to gain momentum and put yourself in a better position. 

But what will people think? Who cares? In order to gain momentum,  you have to prioritize YOU. Anyone who tells you not to chase your goals and dreams or belittles you for trying doesn’t have your best interests in mind,  and probably shouldn’t be part of your life. 

You’ve all heard me say this before but you have one shot at this life. Don’t regret not trying. Get off your back,  roll over,  start creating momentum,  one small goal at a time. Climb that hill. 

Until we meet again my friends, be kind to one another.

A.J.

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