How to use momentum to reach your goal

So often we wait for inspiration to motivate us. From a motivational quote to a nice paycheck to a rousing keynote speaker, motivation presents itself in multiple ways. But the downside of motivation is that it is not forever present. Once the paycheck is spent, the quote forgotten, and the keynote speaker heads home, motivation goes with them.

Hopefully during that time, sterile processing technicians are able to find and hold onto what they need to in that momentum. Hopefully they are able to remember that motivation and apply it to a dream they have had their entire career. Unfortunately, hope is not a strategy and a dream without a goal is just a wish.

Motivation

Like dreams, wishes, and hope, motivation is not tangible. Motivation is not a physical response to the desires and intentions we have for our sterile processing professional goals. It is an external validation. External validations are short-lived, primarily because they are not generated from within. Often we are inspired by the quotes, end goals, and speakers because they give us what we have not discovered how to give ourselves: that feeling of accomplishment, reminder of greatness, and even a long overdue pat on the back. This in itself is the validation we are looking for.

In order for true success to occur, we must find a way to get into action towards the outcomes we use to denote the success. When we dive deeper into the ways that motivation hijacks our intentions, we often hear, “If I only had the motivation…” or “I wish I could just start, but….” The only way to incorporate motivation into our professional pursuits is by coupling it with action.

Action

Motivation is needed by those who strive for greatness but is by no means required to get started in our quest for professional achievements. Motivation is merely a by-product of the action, more specifically, the action we take while working toward our goals. Now, no one said action would immediately take us to our goal. However, action builds confidence. Confidence is powerful and offered through many different avenues. This is why motivational quotes and speakers are so moving. They give the readers or the listeners confidence to believe that they can achieve anything they put their mind to. And while that is true, without the action behind the thought, the belief quickly fades. 

Action provides permanence in our professional intentions because it creates confidence. Confidence is one of the internal motivations we can cultivate through our own efforts. Confidence in ourselves is vital to the longevity necessary to achieve goals. And the only way to build this valuable internal resource is to do things that demonstrate why we should be confident in the first place. So instead of waiting, just start doing—anything—that demonstrates our greatness to ourselves. Similarly to how we feel when we start a work shift, actions start slow and build up speed as the shift moves on. That is because accumulated action creates momentum.

Momentum

Momentum, unlike classic motivation, is an internal motivator based on accumulated action. Because we gain momentum by completing tasks and objectives, we are building confidence in our abilities, learning that we can do difficult things to achieve what we want, and therefore building the internal mindset and references needed to create our own motivation. Hence, momentum is sustainable. Notice how we didn’t state that every action will lead directly to our successes. Not every action will give us exactly what we started out to achieve. And yet momentum remains, forever the beating drum and reminder that we are on course to success.

Hopes and dreams are beautiful things. Let’s let them inspire and motivate us. Meanwhile, we can use action to create the momentum necessary to stay focused on our final goal. With that being said, stop using motivation as the reason why we are or aren’t successful. By shifting our focus to momentum, the true internal motivator, our actions will create the necessary movements that build confidence so that we become our own greatest motivation.

Note: The views and opinions expressed are of Sarah B. Cruz only and do not represent the businesses she works for or companies she collaborates with.