The Value in Breaking the Momentum

Once upon a time, I wrote a post on how to go beyond 100 pushups. Following a daily routine obviously pushed me past that goal and then it started to look fairly easy. I could drop to the floor any time and do 100 pushups without even sweating.

Then, I came to know about the importance of breaking the momentum during an exercise. So instead of 100 continuous pushups, I had to go down once, wait and then rise up, wait for a breath and repeat. This was a huge shift from the basic pushups up to the extent that it looked a completely different exercise. I gained much from this experience as well.

This also pushed me towards thinking about the following question: in which other areas of life should I break my momentum and benefit from it? These are the scenarios I could think of.

  • Speaking: When I am speaking whether at home or in a gathering, I should not continue like a blind horse. Instead, I must break my momentum within what I am saying so that I have more time to weigh my ideas and generate either better thoughts or just stay quiet. Probably most of those things we said in life we want to take back are the direct consequence of uninterrupted momentum.
  • Eating: Needless to say, my excessive food consumption is just an outcome of maintaining the momentum when I am hungry and start eating at a rapid pace. If I break this momentum by waiting between the bites, talking to someone or just breathing, I would eat a significantly lesser amount. This is a key habit breaker for excessive eaters.
  • Procrastinating: During procrastination, we find one activity after another that can help us avoid real work. Or probably we watch one YouTube video after another. It is much better to break the momentum momentarily and do something else, say important work. Once broken, it is difficult for our inner procrastinator machine to put us on that road again.

In summary, break the momentum in anything you think is unhealthy for you and only then taking the healthier route becomes so much easier. The concept can be extended to areas such as oversleeping, watching TV, chain smoking and the likes.

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