How to Get More Personal and Organization Momentum Starting Now

Chance are you would like some of what every leader would like—momentum.

All of us hit both personal and organizational plateaus.

And if you’re not careful, you can get stuck there, sometimes for far too long.

Sometimes the answers on how to get momentum can prove elusive until you’ve discovered the right questions.

Here are 7 questions I’ve collected over my time in leadership that I ask myself on a semi-regular basis to push through to the next level and find momentum.

While I can’t guarantee they will help you, I promise you they have helped me and our team get unstuck over and over again.

7 Questions That Can Fuel Momentum

Here are 7 questions that help me find momentum:

1. What’s your sweet spot and how much of your time are you spending in it these days? 

You may be good at many things, but you’re actually only great at a few things.

And you’re only truly passionate about a few things.

The more you can align your gifting and passion with how you spend your time, the more effective you will be.

Sure, in start up mode, you need to do a little of everything, but over time, the more you spend doing what you’re best at, the more you will love what you do and the greater value you’ll bring to your team and cause.

2. In your weekly routine, what are you having to manufacture energy to do? Who else could do that?

Someone else loves to do what you hate to do. Some people really love spreadsheets. (I don’t.)

Give them that work. Contrary to what you think, they’ll be grateful.

When you sit on something you don’t like doing and are not good at doing, you deny someone else an opportunity.

Plus, you sap your strength.

3. Who are you spending time with that you don’t need to be spending time with? 

This is a huge question. Don’t overlook it.

It’s tempting to think you have to spend your time with whoever asks to meet with you.

As I shared here, that’s almost always a mistake.

I spend almost no time with the people who attend our church because we have groups for that. In fact, I couldn’t lead a church our size if I spent all week meeting people who attend our church.

I focus my time on my direct reports, on staff, and on our elders. If our team is healthy at the top, it will be healthy throughout the church. So I focus on keeping our key leaders healthy and aligned.

I also make time for leaders and coaches who sharpen me. Because of that, the people who attend our church have a much better experience relationally (they connect with each other) and spiritually (the community is healthy) than if I tried to meet with all of them (which would, actually, be impossible).

4. Who are you not spending time with that you need to be spending time with?

Usually you spend time with people who are causing the most issues or friction in the organization, and you ignore you best leaders because they don’t ‘need’ you.

Flip that.

Spend most of your time with your best leaders. It will fuel momentum and create a positive, healthy culture.

Plus, you’ll love how you spend your days far more. Spending your time on perpetual crisis management kills momentum.

5. How can I put more fuel behind the areas that are seeing the most traction? 

Just like you need to spend most of your time with your best leaders, you and your organization should spend most of your time focusing your efforts on what’s producing the majority of your results.

If you can apply the Pareto Principle to all areas of your organization, you’ll go further.

For example, let’s say your kids ministry is seeing huge growth right now. Do you give resources to other areas that are weaker, or do you give more money and resources to kids ministry to further their growth?

I would vote for giving more money and resources to kids ministry. And then jump to question 6, below.

6. What areas of your ministry are seeing the least traction? 

Kill what’s not working. As my friend Reggie Joiner says, “It doesn’t take a leader to kill what’s dead. It does take a leader to kill what’s living.”

You need to prune and cut your organization as much as possible to fuel momentum. In the same way a pruned apple tree grows more apples, a pruned ministry bears more fruit.

7. If you were an outside consultant, what would you tell you and your team to do?

I love this question.

It might seems a little strange, but it will give you distance.

If you were an outsider, what would you tell yourself to do? Often you know the answer to this…you’re just afraid to say it.

So say it.

And then once you figure that out, just go do it. Often answering that question can lead to a breakthrough.

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What questions would you add to this list?

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How to Get More Personal and Organization Momentum Starting Now


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  2. Lawrence W. Wilson on September 8, 2015 at 7:56 am

    Carey, No. 2 is such a great question, and one that can be so easily overlooked because we think we “have to” do certain things. There’s a cost to giving away a task, even an energy sapper (time to delegate, risk of poor outcome, staff salary), but it’s *always* worth it.

  3. Jason Kennedy on September 8, 2015 at 1:15 am

    Great post again. Always great reading your stuff. I think #3 and #4 are always the big challenges for me! There are some people that can just absolutely suck your time and your life, and there are some awesome leaders that have high impact and low maintenance that get overlooked. The other momentum challenge we always face is the calendar for better or for worse. We’re a young church that just moves with young families and University students! Trying to not lose all momentum during the slow times is really hard!

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