For years, I used this equation as the source of getting shit done, shipping my art, managing teams, pitching new business:
MASS x VELOCITY = MOMENTUM
It was always about getting that rush of momentum at my heels that would carry me through any creative dream, financial upset or other natural or made-up disaster.
I realized something recently about momentum — it’s not constant. When you have it, you can feel on top of the world. When you don’t, you can feel worthless and like you’ll never have it again.
There has to be something more that you can do when momentum is not on your side. How do you get that rush to come back without some chemically induced trance or forcing it unnaturally?
I’m not sure how. I think it starts with gratitude. If we can find ways to be grateful, we can quietly move mountains until the wind is under our wings once again.
But what if that’s the wrong question? What if there’s something that trumps momentum?
On a deeper level, Confidence allows us to stand firm, even when momentum isn’t swirling around us. We may not be getting the audition, the interview or the new biz dev meeting we want. But we know our product is worthwhile, and we’ve betted on ourselves first and foremost. We’re confident to know that eventually the tides will turn in our favor and and we’re confident enough to stand in the storm.
The least that I know is: It’s essential to know in our business and our lives what season you’re in.
- Is it the ease of Summer?
- Is it the preparation of Fall?
- Is it the hunkering down and reflection of Winter?
- Is it the bouncing of new ideas in Spring?
We ought to recognize the season we’re in, use quieter times to work on gratitude and the nuts and bolts of things and believe firmly that we are worthy of success, love and accomplishment we’re going after.
[Story behind the photo: A photo from taping of my sitcom developed for ABC Family called Delusions of Grandeur. The sitcom was improvised with strong outlines, so the look on Tara DeFrancisco‘s (a revered improv artist and teacher in Chicago, and co-star of the show) is genuine: I just took off my pants in the scene. #whoops]