Book Review: Get Momentum

Get Momentum: How to Start When You’re Stuck by Jason W. Womack and Jodi Womack (Wiley, 2016). At some point in your life, you are bound to feel stuck. Whether it is progressing in your career, building your own business, or even planning a holiday, sometimes it’s just hard to get motivated. Jason and Jodi are professional coaches who have a methodology specifically to help people out of this ‘stuck’ feeling, no matter how successful they are already. This inclusion of people who would traditionally be viewed as very successful is what really resonated with me, and is what I believe makes this book unique.

Conventional wisdom tells us that entrepreneurs – and successful business people in general – are restless. When they achieve one milestone, they need to have another to reach for. This sense of keeping up with (or even better, embracing) the changes life throws at you is implicit throughout the book. In a series of 24 exercises, Jason and Jodi take you through their coaching programme, with the expected outcome being greater clarity on your personal goals and a path to get you there. One important point they do make through one of the many stories: you might actually already be doing the most meaningful thing in your life. These exercises will help you recognize that.

The starting point for the work is to ask yourself ‘what do you want to be known for?’. This struck a real chord with me because in my own book, I use exactly this question to prompt CEOs to think differently about their businesses. It reinforced the fact that the process you go through to get to a meaningful place in both your professional and personal lives is closely aligned.

This is a practical, useful guide. And unlike many business books, it isn’t filled with ‘padding’ that leaves you feeling it was only worth reading the first third of this book. We highly recommend Get Momentum if:

  • You are feeling restless and unsatisfied, but you can’t quite put your finger on why
  • You know exactly what you want out of your life, but you are having trouble figuring out how to get it
  • You’ve had several ‘false starts’ with business and personal development books, where you either didn’t relate to the advice or had trouble sticking with it (I think you’ll find this one is different)

Whether you end up doing the whole programme they outline or not, if you devote even just a little time to these exercises you are likely to think differently about yourself and your future.

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