How To Maintain Momentum

Here’s a hot question from a client…

How do you maintain the rhythm of what you’re used to and what’s working for you when your physical world changes?

You’ve got a great thing going in your normal environment you’re kicking goals, and you’ve got a schedule and a routine, and it’s working really well for you.

But how do you maintain that when you physically change locations?

Does it all fall apart if you have to get away for work for example?

Very relevant question…

As you would know we moved up to the Gold Coast because I wanted to introduce some physical changes. Specifically that move was because I wanted to get (back) on the water and play my water based sports.

Whilst that’s great when we’re here…

I travel quite often and
We also live on our farm, about 1,000Ks away.

I hope I’m not overstating the obvious, but I need to be adaptable.

Today, more than ever – it’s incumbent upon all of us to invent what is going to work within the environment that we end up in.

(Remember – IBM invented “hot desk-ing” 20 years ago)

There are of course times when it’s almost impossible to set up a routine. (I believe that’s when we yearn to get home and get back into our routine. You know, that feeling of wanting to get home and sleep in our own beds – because it means we can get up and do my life the way that we want to).

So I’ve learned to become much more self-sufficient in what I need.

A few years ago we were on holidays in Thailand, and we had a personal trainer come in every day to train us. This guy was one of those people who’s a fanatic about training with your body weight rather than machines etc.

He showed us a bunch of exercises that anybody could do in a hotel room that was guaranteed to give you a massive workout quickly. He had me in a sweat in three to four minutes, and I would keep that sweat going as long as is necessary.

For me, that meant I’m much more capable of maintaining my routine because now I don’t have to find a gym. I can maintain my routine anywhere. I take it with me.

In fact, you can see this idea everywhere.

Take religion for example. I know this might not be a popular thing to say, but I know that there are religions out there that make a routine so much easier.

Now I’m not in any shape or form condoning any religion, Islam, Christianity, Judaism or whatever, but say you lived in a country where Islam was the predominant religion, and five times a day the call to prayer goes out. Everybody drops everything and gets out their mats and faces Mecca and their forehead hits the floor, they don’t say, “When I finish this phone call” or “It’s too cold” or “It’s too hot” or “It’s too whatever.” There’s no choice about that because if you’re going to practice that religion then that’s part of the process.

What I’m saying is that this is a classic example of a routine that’s portable and adaptable and easy to implement wherever you find yourself.

And here’s another.

Every now and then you’ll drive past a park, and there’s a whole bunch of people doing their Tai chi in the park.

For many people this would be confronting because they feel that they might look silly.

But the more you can internalise what it is that you’re going to do – the more that you can shut the rest of the world out. And the better it goes.

(If you find yourself somewhere where there’s a lot of noise – I’ve got this phrase that I say to myself over and over that blocks everything out and gets me inside myself, so even that can work).

So, really it’s about finding a routine that elevates you.

TIP: If you’re finding it hard to keep your routine going, check out my blog How To Keep Moving Forward When the Roadblocks Jump Up

What is it that you do that is spiritually uplifting that you could do without any accessories?

For me to carry my paddle-board around the country is largely impractical. And I’m certainly not going to find any use for a paddle-board down on the farm.

So what am I going to do when I’m there?

How am I going to get my routines to work for me?

The answer’s simple really.

The parts of your routine that can be internalised, render externals irrelevant.

When you totally internalise it – the world vanishes whenever you want it to.