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Regaining Momentum

By November 15, 2022No Comments

Me risking chaos with a kettlebell to get the shot

Regaining Momentum


“Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more,” urges Henry V in Shakespeare’s play. He’s telling his troops that they’ve got to pick themselves up and go again. I imagine people getting to their feet, shaking off weariness, taking a deep breath, and facing what’s ahead.

I’m back in Toronto after six weeks of travel, so for me, it’s “once more unto the gym” to try and undo some of the good eating I had in Australia and London. Less armour, more Under Armour.

When I’m throwing a kettlebell around, it normally takes me two or three swings to get it really going. First a nudge, then a bit more of a hip thrust (channeling my not-so-inner Elvis), and then finally I’ll have got it going.

Momentum is mass multiplied by velocity. What it weighs x how fast it’s going.

When I’m trying to get back to something that matters, I nearly always try to take on too much, too fast. I’ve got a lot of mass, but no velocity and no ability to create any.. 

What helps is to shift the focus from the mass to the velocity.  David Allen, author of Getting Things Done, says that a project only happens when you know what the next task is. His call to action is to define the next step.

If you’re feeling stuck, keep reducing the scope until it’s small enough for you to do it. Don’t worry about the mass. Celebrate the velocity

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Michael Bungay Stanier

Michael Bungay Stanier

I'm the author of five books that have collectively sold more than a million copies. I'm the founder of Box of Crayons, a learning and development company that helps organizations move from advice-driven to curiosity-led. I'm the host of the *2 Pages with MBS* podcast.