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In politics, sports, business and life, momentum is often crucial to achieving your goals. Calling on 20 years of experience as professional development experts, Jason Womack and Jodi Womack explain how you can secure, maintain and expand your momentum to complete your professional projects and reach your personal goals. They present useful recommendations on how to leverage your momentum in five stages: building up motivation, finding mentors, reaching milestones, monitoring your progress and making any needed modifications. The Womacks skillfully explain how to create, develop and sustain momentum in your work and your personal life. getAbstract recommends this insightful, practical, layered approach to anyone who faces internal or external obstacles to achieving their goals.

About the Authors

Jason Womack started the Womack Company and the Get Momentum Leadership Academy, where Jodi Womack is CEO. She also founded the women’s business leadership coaching program, No More Nylons.



Achieve Your Dreams?

If you’re like many other people, when you strive for an important goal, you may come to feel bogged down. Maybe it seems that you’re not moving meaningfully toward reaching your most cherished objective. This may be a professional target, like making a dramatic career change. Or perhaps you have a personal bridge to cross, like living a healthier lifestyle. If you are overwhelmed or stuck, if what you want to accomplish seems too difficult, and if you don’t know how to begin, you need momentum.

People who are stuck often turn to familiar internal excuses:

  • “I don’t know” – You have no idea about how or when or where to start. You don’t know anyone who can provide useful guidance. You’re not sure that your goal is possible. You don’t know what your final results might be.
  • “What I have is fine” – Things aren’t so bad that you need to change anything. You tell yourself, “don’t fix what isn’t broken.”
  • “I’ve failed before” – You tried making progress already and it didn’t work. Why would things be any different this time? What’s the point of making this effort?
  • “I’m confused” – You have...

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    K. b. 3 years ago
    “Momentum means you’re moving, and things are happening. It means you’re making progress, and it feels good!”

    What a way to sum it all up. Good job Jason!
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      Jason Womack 3 years ago

      If you'd like, we'll send you a PDF version of chapters 1-2 of the book; I think you'll love it!

      Just let me know here:
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    j. w. 3 years ago
    #30DaysOfSummaries I'm the one suffering from internal excuse "What I have is fine"...
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    C. P. 3 years ago
    I will try the 30/30 and 90/90 rules as I intend to keep things undone until the last minute. Thanks for the summary. #30DaysOfSummaries
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      Jason Womack 3 years ago

      By looking at my calendar 4 weeks and then 12 weeks out, I give myself "the gift of my own attention."

      Every time I do this, I ask:

      "What will I wish I had started thinking about OR working on sooner?"

      And, every time I do this...I answer that question! I add an item to my to-do list, delegate a task, or schedule time on my calendar to work on something in the the next few days/weeks.

      Good luck, my friend.
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      Chong Park 3 years ago
      Wow! Thanks Jason for the individual replies. I did not expect that! ^^
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    h. s. 3 years ago
    I still remember I read about momentum somewhere which make my face my challenge and get things done for that time. It become huge progress in long term for me.

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    Y. Z. 3 years ago
    The Stages of Momentum are real. our motivation changes over time. Mentors are hard to come by but when they appears we may not realize it. i don't track milestone so not much things to monitor. good advice.
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      Scott Moskowitz 3 years ago
      Timing is everything. Jason just sent a link about this topic
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      Jason Womack 3 years ago

      I acknowledge your insight here. I interchange the words Accountability with Milestones. Often, if we'll give ourselves the Gift of Our Own Attention and create a milestone that is just 90 days out, we can ask a friend, colleague or family member to help keep us on track.

      Take your time, you deserve it.

      I did record a short podcast on this, if you'd like:
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    S. M. 3 years ago
    #30DaysofSummaries this is a great addition to the Womack arsenal of tools to not only help individuals succeed but succeed in the right things; The things that matter most. This book is filled with questions that make you focus on the key areas of life you want to get unstuck and get momentum to move forward. Read it, but more important use it.
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      Jason Womack 3 years ago
      Scott, I'm sure you listened to it... Here's a short 'cast we recorded JUST about the book:
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    K. S. 3 years ago
    #30Daysof Summaries I used to put aside what i wanted to achieve in my personal life, and this year I have made it a goal to focus equally on my personal goals. I actually started a Momentum journal which is great, and I visit it every night, and I honor what I've achieved what I have accomplished in the day in regard to the goal. What I found particularly interesting is the 30/30 and 90/90 rules. I will implement that now.
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      Jason Womack 3 years ago
      Dear Karishma,

      Thank you for reading our book! If you like the 30/30 Rule, you'll love reading more about it at We hope you enjoy...
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    D. H. 3 years ago
    I have not seen many books on ways to keep the momentum going -which is what makes this summary interesting to me.I guess what I find missing for me -is the part around being held accountable .When I start some thing - and after some time stop it,I try to rationalise saying that some thing more important came up ...The reality is that -this happens more often than not...hence ,breaking the momentum. Good topic to think about !
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      Jason Womack 3 years ago

      As such, you're going to appreciate the THIRD Get Momentum Question:

      "What are 3 subprojects I can complete?"

      We encourage our readers to divide their three subprojects [you may need to subdivide them into smaller pieces] over the course of 90 days. We ALSO ask you to build in some kind of accountability program; it could be a promise you make to a customer, a vendor, a friend or a coworker!

      Good luck, and as Jodi says, "Get Momentum is something that you don't just get once. You get it, and re-get, and re-get it again and again!"
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    A. A. 3 years ago
    The latest Star Trek movie starts with a brief introductory captain's monologue which is worth mentioning here to add some perspective to the text of this selection. I'd like to challenge the getabstract team to find sometime which takes us beyond the 'run of the mill' material.
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    T. W. 3 years ago
    While I am not a huge fan of journaling, I can see how this might help some stay on track better. I do like the concept of formalizing an approach to mentors and leveraging networks.
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      Jason Womack 3 years ago

      I can relate. Most often, it's not the journaling in and of itself that is so informative, but it's the artifact of getting to read the notes later on.

      One week that I was in London (years ago) I got to see some of Leonardo da Vinci's notebooks; that's when I made the commitment to myself that I would write SOMEthing every day. I've kept that agreement, going on more than 8 years!

      Give it a shot. Oh, and if you send me an address, I'll share one of my mini-journals with you. Who knows, just that might get you going!