Creating Momentum Creates Success
mo.men.tum : the impetus and driving force gained by the development of a process or course of events
Lately we’ve been obsessed with this concept, especially as it relates to pursuing your dream job or career. But how does one create momentum let alone gain it when trying to further their cannabis career?
The answer is actually a lot simpler than you might think. It’s CONSISTENCY. Those who demonstrate the ability to be consistent in their daily lives have a much higher likelihood of achieving the goals they set in front themselves than those who just “wing it”. Think exercising every day, taking 30 minutes in the morning to read up on cannabis industry trends before starting your day, or even just showing up on time for your shift every day are some great examples of what we’re talking about here.
You have to be intentional when it comes to creating momentum. Let’s say you have your heart set on advancing your career within the industry, where do you start? How do you get there?
- Define the EXACT goal you have in mind and write it down. Be specific! (i.e., I want to get promoted to a management position by the end of the year…I want to get more involved in the marketing side of the business, etc.)
- Ask yourself what action you can take EVERY DAY to get you there. Are you showing up on time every day for your shift? Are there opportunities for you to take on some extra responsibilities even if it’s without pay? Is there a class you can enroll in on the side to brush up on some marketing knowledge?
- Define your “WHY?” Why do you want to advance your cannabis career? Is it for more recognition of your skills and passion? More money? The sense of accomplishment? Define what that is, write it down, and look at it every day. Focusing on WHY you started your journey to advancement in the first place will help keep you motivated even when you don’t feel like putting in the extra work. Keep you eye on the prize!
- Make sure you are taking action (even if for just ten minutes) EVERY DAY to make progress towards your goal. Just because you don’t see results right away doesn’t mean they’re not coming. It’s like putting money into your savings account. In the beginning you start with a small balance, but over time that balance begins to slowly grow and bear interest. And before you know it, you’ve got thousands of dollars that are compounding on themselves with the momentum (there’s that word again) to set you up for the long term! Same holds true for your cannabis career goals. Invest in yourself and you will be investing in your dream!
The thing about momentum is once you have it, it’hard to stop. It’s just that initial ramp up period that poses the most serious threat to your success, so don’t quit before you hit the top. Once you start rolling down hill, you will be unstoppable. Now go out and take your cannabis job to the next level!