Restarting the Flywheel – what happens when you stop pushing it?

It’s so much easier to KEEP the momentum than it is to START it (or restart it)!  Example:  this blog.  After I made my first post, I continued making fairly regular posts – with the exception of summer vacation until this past December.  Each week, since January of this year, I would read my last post and wonder what to write about… and wonder when I could really devote the time to writing something (I gave myself the usual excuses of being too busy… school issues and responsibilities, a concurrent Masters program, family, etc.  Nothing that wasn’t happening in 2009, though!).

Life is that way, too.  Jim Collins in Good to Great (2001) identified 5 principles that separated “good” from “great” companies.  These principles can also be adapted to the way one ‘runs’ his/her life.  Turning the Flywheel is the idea that once you start, you keep the momentum going… once you feel the positive results of your action you’re encouraged to keep putting in the effort and experience even more success from that.  So… what happens when you lose that momentum?  When you stop?

Suffice to say, restarting is easier said than done!  I know!  I can hear you say, “just get back into it!  You did it before, do it again!”  What’s that famous Nike maxim…?  Ok.  Time will tell if that flywheel will start turning gain.

Let’s leave some room for a good Confucius quote now and again, as well:

“It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.” Confucius

AND

“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in getting up every time we do.” Confucius

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