Momentum – a Leader’s Best Friend

03 Apr

“The Law of the Big Mo basically says, ‘Momentum is a leader’s best friend,'”  – John Maxwell

So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved. (Acts 2:46-47)

What picture comes into your mind when you hear the word momentum?

In yesterday’s devotional I mentioned that Dr. Jerry Graham sent a Daily Gram on March 24 titled “The Big Mo” talking about momentum and its importance to a leader. Because that message resonated so strongly with my spirit, I shared a personal story about momentum yesterday and committed to share Jerry’s power-packed message and video link today. Here they are:

The Law of the Big Mo is one of John Maxwell’s favorite subjects. I love to hear him teach on it.

However, like most things, there is a balance that is required. If you remember the two curves, the upward curve to success and the downward curve to disappointment, that we discussed in last Friday’s DG, it is interesting to note that too much momentum, i.e., too much speed, will almost always put you on the downward curve. Huh? How can that be?

Ever heard the maxim, “The hurrier I go the behinder I get?” How about this one from Peter Senge, author of The Fifth Discipline: “Virtually all natural systems, from ecosystems to animals to organizations, have intrinsically optimal rates of growth. The optimal rate is far less than the fastest possible growth. When growth becomes excessive–as it does in cancer–the system itself will seek to compensate by slowing down; perhaps putting the organization’s survival at risk in the process.”

Hmmmm…what is that optimal rate that Dr. Senge refers to? Well, according to Jeff Olson, author of The Slight Edge, the book we looked at all last week, that optimal rate and key to successful goal achievement is simply the consistent performance of the simple, easy-to-do things, i.e., simple disciplines compounded over time. How hard is that?

Frankly, that’s an understanding of the Big Mo that I can get excited about. As much as I admire John Maxwell and his teaching, I’ve always seen him as almost super-human…you know, “bigger than life.” When I hear him talk about momentum, I envision a massive action kind of thing. Gargantuan effort to “get the ball rolling,” so to speak. Now I’m much more comfortable with the idea of a series of baby-steps repeated consistently over time than I am with massive action. One energizes me and the other makes me tired just to think about it.

How many of you have noticed Sharon’s often requested cook book [http://nutrition777.com/recipes/index.htm] slowly emerging one recipe at a time…each a week apart. Yes, it might take a couple of years…but so what? It’s happening! Hallelujah!!!

I’ve quoted so many people in this DG, but let me end by quoting this old Chinese proverb: “Be not afraid of going slowly; be afraid only of standing still.”

Prayer Power
Lord, thank You for this new and improved understanding of the Big Mo. Thank You for revealing a more sure path to my destiny. Bless my readers to take steps this week to get the Big M working in their favor. Thank You Jesus. Amen.

Link of the Day
The Laws of the Big Mo, Priorities, and Sacrifice – powerful, short YouTube video by John Maxwell

Blessings to take steps to get the Big Mo moving in your favor this week!
 

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