Using momentum to review your progress.

October 24, 2010
Speed and Grace

Where is your momentum taking you?

How are you doing? You have a goal right? Are you getting there?

I suggest thinking about your momentum to help you think about whether you are getting there…

Of course momentum can refer to a physical object in motion. That is not the kind of momentum that I am referring to. I’m thinking of the impetus of an idea or a course of events. But the analogy with the physical object is useful; let’s explore it.

Momentum gets influenced by the mass and velocity of an object. Ask yourself:

What is the mass of your idea/course of events. I.e. how noticeable is what you do? How do you make others aware of what you are doing? Is there substance to what you are doing… You know ideas can stay ideas, useless. It only becomes something if you do something about it! You need to give your ideas mass. You need to do something about your ideas… ideas by itself does not have mass, it’s what you do with the ideas, to borrow from Seth Godin, what you ship, that matters.

What is velocity? In physics it describes the speed and direction of motion. This is two important concepts to further explore.

Direction is important. If you are not going in the direction that you want, you are not going to get there. Well, that’s probably not 100% true, nobody is 100% on target all of the time.  We steer a boat to compensate for the current, but generally if you want to go straight north, you do not head straight south. You need to have a direction in mind. See Why a Destination Decision is Mission Critical on the Escape Velocity blog.

Speed is an indication of the rate of change.  How fast do things happen?  Are you taking your time? Fine, but don’t expect to get their anytime soon.  And don’t be surprised if somebody gets there before you do.

So are your ideas gaining mass? Does the momentum take you in the direction where you want to be, at the required pace?

Think about it… Maybe you need to work on increasing the mass, adjusting your direction or involve others to help up the pace.

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Is what you do worthy of people’s valuable attention?

August 25, 2010

I was reminded today about the importance of getting an audience attention. This in turn reminded me about a book I read some years ago by Davenport and Beck, The Attention Economy. They defined the concept of attention as:

“Attention is focused mental engagement on a particular item of information. Items come into our awareness, we attend to a particular item, and then we decide whether to act.”

Thinking about this I again realized that there are so many things fighting for my attention. I may be aware of them, but till some cognition come into play I did not really give it any attention. I was thinking how many emails I get, how many new blog posts I become aware of in my RSS reader, status updates in Facebook, LinkedIn, not even to mention the tweets…

So how does one gets lured into giving something your valuable attention?  Then I remembered a copyblogger post which managed to get my attention earlier today “How to Write Eye-Catching Headlines transform Browsers into Buyers“. While the tips there is clearly aimed at people blogging for an income, many of it extrapolates well to other media.

Why would a recipient of an e-mail decide that it is worthy of actually applying some brain power to that e-mail you sent just now?  Why would somebody listen to your talk?  Why would some-one read your paper?

Why is anything worthy of your valuable attention?  I hope that my blog posts are worthy of your attention… Either way I intend exploring this issue a bit further in later blogs.

If you’ve read this far I hope I can assume that something got your attention. And since i don’t want to waste your valuable attention, why not share with me what you like. And, of course, also what you don’t like…