Why Does Momentum Really Matter?

Few things are more important in life than momentum. Its significance is often misunderstood and surely understated; yet essential to achieving personal and business success that is purposeful. Momentum is derived from the Latin word movere meaning to move. It is the”impetus and driving force gained by the development of a process or course of events.” The task for all of us is establishing some momentum in our personal and business lives that provides a platform resulting in success and room for growth.

All too often in our lives, we are subjected to metrics that gauge results. I urge all of you to reject this notion on some level. The path to personal and business success goes through momentum. Like the physics chart depicting mass and velocity, momentum is comprised of two key components: psychological and functional.

1) Psychological- momentum cannot occur without enthusiasm and the right blend of octane in one’s tank. Being positive and enthusiastic provides the correct framework for making things happen. As my late father used to say, “Fly high soaring, fly low boring.”

2) Functional- we often hear how important goal setting is. While a fan of this on some level, I believe it all too easy to plan ahead rather than focusing on what matters today. Set goals with standards that are high. Do at least one thing each day that has substantial personal or business value and you have established momentum.

Gratitude is so important to keeping momentum going. Gratitude is acceptance of help, willingness to help others and a key component to establishing selfless conduct. Thankfulness helps cement momentum and a key to effective human interaction. Thankfulness promotes respect, consideration, and courtesy paving the way for new dialogue. New dialogue creates fresh opportunities.

My friends, please remember this: respect, consideration, and courtesy matter a lot. Treat others fairly, decently, and equally. Build your moral compasses carefully and always monitor them daily. You know the battle cry: do your best each day. No one can ask more or less from any of us.

All the best/blessings, Mark


Mark Faris
Mark Faris
MARK was born in New York City and currently lives in Minneapolis. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he graduated with a B.A. in sociology and speech communications. His entire career spanning 36 years has been in executive sales, marketing, business development, and organizational strategy. He has started and owned three businesses, including a $23 million computer networking company, started up two new sales divisions for publicly telecommunication/data companies including Sprint/Nextel, and was a Board Member for a $225 million U.K. technology manufacturer and distributor. He currently is President of MPV Ethics, LLC., an ethics training and consulting company working with organizations to build better ethical cultures. Mark also has the unique distinction of being convicted for two felonies: mail/wire fraud and money laundering and spent eleven months in a federal prison and halfway house returning to his family in June 2010. He has given over 150 presentations to high school students, universities, B-schools, law schools, and professional audiences regarding the importance of personal and business ethics in our lives. At the core of his renewed philosophy is identification of purpose, building a strong moral compass that helps us effectively deal with dilemmas of all types and sizes. His passion to teach, enrich, and develop others be successful , accountable, and improving the lives of others.

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  1. We must be the best version of ourselves every day. Make the most of everything we do, even in the smallest thing and soon we will see that we do something more every day.
    The present moment is the only one that exists. We can plan our goals and have a vision, but taking action now is the greatest opportunity we have to make the decisions that create our future.
    As for kindness, it is a contagious gift. Because it dismantles the aggressiveness of others, improves performance at work and social relationships and triggers emulation and empathy.