When you feel positive momentum, use it or lose it.

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As freelancers we have to generate our own energy and momentum.

We don’t have colleagues or managers to give us a quick boost. Nor do we have group meetings or off-site brainstorming days.

At times we can do a great job of creating internal momentum for ourselves. At other times it becomes hard, and we feel ourselves running down, like a battery losing its charge.

And then there are times when we are given a little extra energy from an outside source. Like…

    * Maybe a client showers you with praise.

    * Or a respected peer praises you in print or online.

    * Or you attend a meeting, seminar or conference, and feel thoroughly energized by the experience.

When you get an external boost, whatever the source, nurture it and use it.

Actually, the very first thing I do is sit back and enjoy that feel-good moment. It’s allowed!

Next, I try to identify what it was about the experience that made me feel good and gave me that extra burst of energy and enthusiasm.

Whatever it was, I should probably do more of it. I should focus more on the part of my business that triggered it.

Also, there have been times when I have had positive feedback on areas of my work that are not central to what I do. That feedback makes me pause and take a closer look at that aspect of my business. If it generates such a positive response, maybe I should do more of it.

In other words, I use these moments as a means to understand myself and my business a little better. I use them to develop sides of my business that will attract more positive feedback and momentum, more frequently.

Beyond that, I use extra momentum to get past any blocks that are holding me back.

If I’m feeling really energized and strong, that’s a good time to do some of those things I haven’t wanted to do – like doing my taxes, making that cold call, dealing with my investments or debts.

One way or another, I never allow a burst of positive energy to just “sit there” and slowly burn down.

I use it, either to build new, positive aspects to my business, or to get past hurdles and blocks in my business.

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