Momentum

A few weeks ago, I put together some notes on Momentum for my co-workers.  They are not formatted well, but I wanted to share.  I believe this is a “church” thing as well as a “work” thing, and because I do not change for either of those, sounds like a “life” thing then 🙂  I hope they inspire  you!

Momentum in physics:
  • Linear momentum is also known as transitional momentum
  • Momentum has a direction as well as magnitude. 
  • Because momentum has a direction, it can be used to predict the resulting direction of objects after they collide, as well as their speeds.
Momentum in finance:
  • In finance, momentum is the empirically observed tendency for rising asset prices to rise further, and falling prices to keep falling. 
  • For instance, it was shown that stocks with strong past performance continue to outperform stocks with poor past performance in the next period.
Momentum in sports:
  • There are many triggers that change momentum, from the roar of the crowd, to a referee’s call, to the memory of past experiences and outcomes. 
  • Though these variables seemingly affect an athlete’s play, in reality these are psychological concepts. 
  • The noise of a crowd and a bad call do not have to adversely affect performance, but they often do psychologically.
Application:
  1. We are in a transitional period
  2. We have the opportunity and choice to either continue the momentum of the past or allow ourselves to come in contact with a larger internal and external force and be changed.
  3. What do we want to continue and what do we want to change.  Either way, momentum is in the mix.
  4. There might be some things that are under such momentum that it will require a lot of transitional force.
Next steps:
  1. Identify things in your day to day that need to be continued and another list of things that need to have an transitional force applied?
  2. In your projects, do the same.
  3. In the organization that we have influence over, do the same.  
  4. Bring these to Thursday’s meeting to review.

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