What a great week it has been with some very welcome positive emails from potential clients requesting my services to speak at certain events. This is really exciting because it means business is coming to me and the momentum is building.
The book ‘From Good to Great’ mentions a very large flywheel which is huge and very heavy. It is positioned horizontally, and author Jim Collins describes how starting to move this huge heavy flywheel is very difficult at the beginning, but eventually breakthrough comes.
The Flywheel Concept
“Picture a huge, heavy flywheel—a massive metal disk mounted horizontally on an axle, about 30 feet in diameter, 2 feet thick, and weighing about 5,000 pounds. Now imagine that your task is to get the flywheel rotating on the axle as fast and long as possible.
Pushing with great effort, you get the flywheel to inch forward, moving almost imperceptibly at first. You keep pushing and, after two or three hours of persistent effort, you get the flywheel to complete one entire turn.
You keep pushing, and the flywheel begins to move a bit faster, and with continued great effort, you move it around a second rotation. You keep pushing in a consistent direction.
Three turns … four … five … six … the flywheel builds up speed … seven … eight … you keep pushing … nine … ten … it builds momentum … eleven … twelve … moving faster with each turn … twenty … thirty … fifty … a hundred.
Then, at some point—breakthrough! The momentum of the thing kicks in your favour, hurling the flywheel forward, turn after turn … whoosh! … its own heavy weight working for you. You’re pushing no harder than during the first rotation, but the flywheel goes faster and faster.
Each turn of the flywheel builds upon work done earlier, compounding your investment of effort. A thousand times faster, then ten thousand, then a hundred thousand. The huge heavy disk flies forward, with almost unstoppable momentum.”
What a great concept
This is an exciting concept as it describes reaping the benefit of consistent hard work. Over the past four years I have been pushing the flywheel very slowly at the beginning then over time I have felt it moving a little faster.
Last year I could really feel that momentum was building, and this week has seen a significant move forward. There is no shortcut to good old fashioned hard work. All happy high achievers in business, sport, music and the arts work incredibly hard to achieve success.
So, the hard work is a given, but the rewards of this hard work are unbelievable. You get to live the life you have dreamed of and are in a position to help others achieve their dreams.
Put the hard work in consistently, have a dream, don’t give up and then ‘One-day life will tap you on the shoulder and tell you it’s your time.’
This week I had the pleasure of delivering my Mental Resilience Masterclass to the key staff of a major international company and the feedback was really positive. It is an honour to be working with this company and a joy to see the response I receive to the techniques I teach.
Thoughts for the week:
1. When you are working on something new, understand that it takes time and patience is required.
2. Whatever you do in life it is always hard at the beginning then it gets easier.
3. Have patience and keep pushing that flywheel, then one day you will find it is moving by itself with very little effort from you.
4. That is the time of breakthrough brought about by consistent and diligent hard work and patience.
5. You finally get to enjoy the fruits of your labour.
Well that’s it for this week have a great weekend and stay positive.