Momentum in any area of your life makes you look better than you are. When you don't have momentum, you are better than you look. Momentum is not random, so understanding how to create it can help you in any area of life. Dave Ramsey came up with the following formula for creating momentum:
The Momentum Theorum
Focused Intensity/ Time (God) = Momentum
Focus: The best wide receivers in football catch the ball better than anyone else because of their ability to focus on the ball and nothing else. The second they lose focus because of fear of getting hit or greed thinking about the end zone, they are done.
Intensity: When we apply intensity to our focus, we can move mountains. We must be intentional about our intensity, and purposefully direct it towards things that really matter and not directed at things that don't. If we can lose our voice intensely yelling at a football game, we should be able to apply at least as much intensity towards things that actually matter such as leadership, friendships, family and our spiritual walk.
Time: there was a billionaire who was asked by a hungry young business man about his secret to success. The billionaire asked the young man, "Do you read books?" He said, "Of course I do, what book do you recommend?" To the young man's surprise he said, "The Tortoise and the Hare." His message was simple; we live in a culture of hares, with people who can't stay focused for a long period of time or keep their eye on the ball. Slow and steady wins the race.
God: since all of us are finite, with flaws and limits, we can all use some help from our Infinite God. This is the unexplainable part of the equation that requires faith.
Most "overnight successes" will tell you that they worked their tail off for years before they became an overnight success. Although it may not have happened over night, every "overnight success" has experienced the power of positive momentum. Focused intensity, over time, multiplied by God will create the momentum you need to win the race.