Build Your Momentum Back After Falling Off Track

by Rachel Miller

November 9, 2021

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When you wake up and it feels like you took 10 steps back. When what normally comes easy now feels hard. When you have no motivation or desire to do what you normally enjoy doing, it can feel like there’s something wrong. Like you did something wrong—you messed it up, you screwed it up, you “lost” it.

It feels this way, but it’s not true. You are not broken. This is a natural, normal occurrence. A simple, subtle drift off course. All it takes is one small action to get back on track. It feels so hard to set this body, this mind, back into motion again (and it is!) but, the good news is once you start the process takes care of itself. You build your momentum back sooner than you think, and it feels effortless again.


  • It’s hard–and that’s OK. It will be for now. Focus on what is working well, instead:
    • Your desire to get better;
    • The fact that you still showed up, even though it’s the last thing you feel like doing–even though it feels like you can’t do it.
    • This is what is working. This is what you can do more of. This is all you need to focus on right now.

  • It’s not a smooth, straight trajecotry to where you want to go. The process is naturally hilly, bumpy, and jagged. The journey will always require readjustment along the way. When it does, this is a good sign! It means you’ve noticed you’ve drifted off course. And you now have control. Put all your focus and effort into those first few essential steps, and the rest of the process will take care of itself. The first few steps are the hardest, but it becomes exponentially easier with each repetition.

  • Keep showing up. Keep pressing on. Keep doing what works, knowing that it will get easier. Momentum will grow with each repetition made. You’ll build your momentum back. It will feel effortless again soon–sooner than you think.

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