I love this phrase and repeat it on a daily basis, if I was a tattoo type I’d have it inked, in poorly translated Latin, across my chest. In the few brief paragraphs below I hope to persuade you to adopt this phrase as a motto and guiding force.
How many of us go through life without any sense of reflection on what we’re doing, you reach the end of your working day and can’t remember what it is you’ve achieved. The weekend rolls around and the week has been a blur, you’re exhausted from working hard but have no sense of a bigger picture, a ‘why’ for your work. This mindless flogging is the antithesis of success.
I want you to start repeating ‘stay in motion’ on a daily basis as a reminder. I want you to use it as a focus point for connecting with your goals, a chance to step back, reflect. ‘Staying in motion’ means that you are doing something every day to get closer to your dreams, you are improving, maybe only by a little bit, but you are growing nonetheless. Oaks from acorns.
This mind set is pervasive among successful people, they know what they want to achieve and get to it, every single day. Ryan Holiday (publisher of 3 books & marketing manager for American Apparel, aged 26), when asked what his secrets for success were simply answered “it is the cumulative process of getting up every single day and going to work”.
Write the phrase down and stick it to your mirror, set it as your desktop background, change your alarm name to it. Remind yourself daily of what you want to achieve and make a plan every day for what you’re going to do to get closer to it. As I explain in this post success comes from the unseen work, that daily desire to nudge the marker forwards. People on the outside will see the big successes; you will know that they have come from the daily increments, from ‘staying in motion’.
At the end of each day take time to pause and reflect. Learn from your actions so you can refine, tweak and make further strides the following day. The easiest method for all this is to journal. Start each day by writing down what you will achieve and each evening take a few minutes to review this, looking at what went well and what can be improved.
Adopting this mind set and this practice will accelerate you towards your goals. You will also notice other benefits – if you are in motion there is no time for ruminating on past events, you learn, apply the lessons and jump on, being in motion is a positive state, you leave negative thoughts and negative people in your wake, there’s no time for them, you have things to achieve.
So from today I challenge you to stay in motion and see what you can achieve using this simple phrase.