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Unstoppable Momentum
By Dan Vis
January 09, 2017
Comments: 21

Note: This week's topic is a repost of an article from a few months back about how to build unstoppable momentum in life. It fits right in with the content of our ongoing Life Focus challenge, so I decided to post it again this week. Enjoy!

Some time back, a participant in one of our challenges posted an interesting "word algebra" equation. Turns out it was from Dave Ramsey, a well-known Christian author who has helped thousands escape from debt. Anyway, here's the formula as displayed on his site:

momentum.jpg

Here's the basic gist of his post: "Winning at anything starts with momentum. But momentum doesn’t just happen ... We've got to create momentum." The formula above, explains how to do that!

Focus: Life is full of distraction. To succeed you have to have a clear goal or direction. We talked about this some last week in our blog post entitled Asking the Right Question.

Intensity: A clear goal needs to be combined with passion and desire. That's what keeps us moving forward--with action! In our Life Focus challenge, we talk a lot about goal setting, and making sure those goals are converted into action. Intensity insists on it.

Time: Everyone knows the story about the Tortoise and the Hare, and how persistence wins out over time. That's true in many areas of life. Change doesn't take place over night. You have to stick with it, and give things time.

God: This is obviously the most important piece in the equation--divine power. And it's certainly our main focus at FAST. Commit your efforts to God, and He provides the power to multiply your success!

Unstoppable Momentum: This is what it all leads to. A life of meaning, purpose, and impact. That's what every believer wants, isn't it? To make a difference for the kingdom of God?

Appreciated seeing this formula shared in a class, and for the ministry of Dave Ramsey in calling our attention to such a "catchy" strategy for success.

If our Life Focus challenge encourages you to set some goals, or do more planning, make sure you combine that pursuit of focus with the other elements mentioned above to help ensure your life is filled with unstoppable momentum!!!

Comments

So what did you think of this formula? Is there one or more pieces you need to build into your life to get this process going? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Posted by Dan Vis on 05/09/17
That's one benefit of running them for a month, I hadn't thought about--being able to take it a second time! :)
Posted by Barbara Davis on 05/09/17
Appreciated this challenge. Planning to go through it again. Thanks!
Posted by Marion Coppock on 05/09/17
I enjoyed the Life Focus challenge, I have challenged one of my friends again to take this with me. Since we were gone travelling I could easily benefit by doing it again. Praying she will take the challenge.
Posted by Dan Vis on 05/09/17

Hi Nora! Glad you enjoyed the Life Focus challenge. We have another challenge coming up next month that will actually be all about sharing--so you will want to take that for some fresh ideas.

For us to notify your friends of these courses, they just have to create an account at FAST. Once subscribed, they will be notified of all upcoming challenges. We can't subscribe them without them joining and confirming their email.

To encourage them to take the Life Focus challenge, just point them to http://fast.st/lifefocus.

Posted by Nora on 05/08/17
Great formula! After the 6days of Life focus challenges, very timely to have this followed by the message of unstoppable momentum.
So blessed that I could not help sharing these courses to my
friends now that I found their emails.Please send me the site where
I could add thier names with emails so next time you have these
courses again they could join you. Thank you.
Posted by Dan Vis on 01/17/17
Thanks Sonia! Glad you found this helpful. I like combining "unstoppable" and "mission" in the same sentence! :)
Posted by Sonia Sterling on 01/13/17
Powerful equation by Dave. We can truly become unstoppable by the Power of God, when we are fully led by Him and have tunnel vision on our mission. To God be the glory.
Posted by Dan Vis on 01/11/17

Thanks Darren! Great quote! It is definitely NOT the time to be letting go of our faith. Amazing things soon to happen.

We don't just need unstoppable momentum, we need accelerating, unstoppable, momentum!

Posted by Darren Bito on 01/11/17

Thank you for the formula and your comments Pr Dan. i am reminded of a quote in the chapter on prayer by E.G.White which says: Do Not Let Go of God's Arm Too Soon—I asked the angel why there was no more faith and power in Israel. He said, “Ye let go of the arm of the Lord too soon. Press your petitions to the throne, and hold on by strong faith. The promises are sure. Believe ye receive the things ye ask for, and ye shall have them.

Keep the momentum going.

Posted by Dawne Joseph on 01/10/17
In everything God's power is needed to give meaning and purpose.
Posted by Jo Zumbluskas on 01/09/17
Yes, Dan. I think the most important.
Posted by Dan Vis on 01/09/17
Thanks for stopping in and posting a comment Jo! The Word of God sure is important, isn't it?
Posted by Jo Zumbluskas on 01/09/17
Qing Ling I like your equation. In other words, be a Berean! It has always been my first go to when I hear something new or different. Check it out with the Word of God.
Posted by Dan Vis on 01/09/17
That is more succinct! :)
Posted by Diane Castanon on 01/09/17

I want an unstoppable momentum, but without God, the formula won't work (John 15:5I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.).

I met a man a couple of weeks ago that told me of wonderful things he's doing for God in his country, but he also told me that he doesn't pray very often because it's not his gift. He continued to tell me that his wife is a prayer warrior and leaves that part of the mission to his wife. Because the man dominated the conversation, I was unable to interject any comments. I remember quickly looking at his wife, I'm sure with a surprised look on my face, and she nodded her head yes.

My heart felt saddened and burdened for that man because he's missing out on a deeper relationship with Jesus, and God's ministry in his country would greatly expand.

Wreaking of self is not a pretty smell. We need the sweet fragrance of Jesus.

Posted by Qing Ling on 01/09/17

pretty succinct little piece of equation.
To make it even more succinct:

x/G
i.e. ANYTHING by the Word of God

if you're going to have one rule in life, let it be this - test everything by the Word of God.
ANYTHING, tested against/by the Word of God, will lead you into all Truth.. and the truth will make you free :) (FREE being my ONE WORD for 2017... just sayin' ;) )

John 8:31-3231 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; 32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

Posted by Keith on 01/09/17
Thanks, unfortunately, "Y" doesn't want to play nice when it comes to acronyms.
Posted by Dan Vis on 01/09/17

Great providence Colette. Good story.

Love it as always Keith! You really have a way with words.

Posted by Keith on 01/09/17

Pastor Dan,

INTENSITY:
Internally
Nurturing
Trustworthy
Eccliesiatical
Standards
Inspiring
Transformational
Yearnings

Open to improvement.

Posted by Colette Guthrie on 01/09/17
I like the "spread out over time" part of the equation. Often times plans fail because we wear out or burn out before we reach the end. I just read today's Amazing Facts Devotional titled Harriet the Tortoise who lived to be 175 so seeing the principle here again is so nice! :)

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