• John Panepinto

The Upward Spiral - How To Use Momentum To Succeed In All Areas of Your Life

Updated: Jan 21, 2021

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Ever wonder why successful people seem to keep achieving greater and greater levels of success?

Ever wonder why people with great relationships, tend to attract even more great relationships?

Or maybe you’ve noticed how people who have great lifestyles just seem to keep spiralling upwards. Why is that?

It’s because of momentum – the most powerful force in the world.

The most successful people in the world have all mastered gaining and using the force of momentum to their advantage.

Momentum is functioning in all areas of your life right this instant - your health, your wealth, your love/relationships, and your happiness.

Once you do learn how to use it, and you are able to get it rolling in the areas that matter most to you – your success in those areas will be hard to stop.

The good news for you is – in today's blog I am going prepare you for all scenarios.

Teaching you:

(1) how to jumpstart positive momentum (when you have none).

(2) how to break negative momentum (when you have bad habits).

(3) how to maximize positive momentum to reach greater heights (when you have good habits).

Let’s get to it.

Understanding Momentum:

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Most people have heard the term before, but they don’t truly keep a pulse on it in the key areas of their life... nor do they consciously use it to their advantage.

They just let it be. They leave it up to their circumstances, and whether it works to their advantage or disadvantage is considered ‘out of their hands’.

That’s BS.

You should be pro-actively building it, harnessing it, and manipulating it in your favour – each and every single day in the areas that are most important to you.

How Momentum Works - The Snowball Effect:

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The best analogy for how momentum works is the ‘snowball effect’.

As a snowball rolls down a hill, it picks up more and more snow, growing in size and speed.

As the snowball keeps rolling down the hill, it gets bigger, faster, and harder to stop.

Obstacles that would have stopped the snowball earlier on, soon become no match for it’s force as it keeps in motion, getting bigger and bigger.

Before you know it – that tiny snowball has turned into a massive snowball that now cannot be stopped easily.

Now, whether that momentum is working for you and to your benefit (positive momentum), or against you and to your detriment (negative momentum) – is up to you.

The fundamental law still applies - momentum, once in motion, is hard to stop.

The Three Laws of Momentum:

In order to be able to actively use and manipulate momentum in your favour – you must know the three fundamental laws of momentum.

1. Once you get started, it is easier to keep going.

2. When you are in motion, it is harder to stop you (the power of habits).

3. As you keep going, you are stronger and more resilient.

Anyone who has tried starting a new habit or new life project knows that it can be a lot like trying to get a big boulder rolling. It’s very difficult at first.

In fact, ‘starting’ is often the hardest part.

But once you do start, and you get the ball rolling, it tends to get easier to keep going. You become harder to stop, and you become stronger and more resilient with the more you keep going.

The States of Momentum:

As mentioned at the start of this blog – momentum is actually functioning in all areas of your life right this instant.

There are three possible states that momentum will be in at all times for you.

Positive Momentum (consistent good habits; beneficial things become easier)

  • Which you can build upon, and ride to the very top; and actually leverage to have more success in other areas of your life.

  • Example – positive momentum in your physical health may give you the confidence to jumpstart and begin positive momentum in your career (wealth), love (relationships), and overall happiness.

No Momentum (not doing anything; need to jumpstart it by taking action)

  • Which is like being inactive. You must jumpstart this with motion or movement of some sort (taking action). A new habit is often one of the trickiest things to start and stick with – but once started, is often well worth it and becomes easier over time.

  • Example – Someone who has never rode a bicycle before will not have any momentum going for them when they try it for the first time; that only changes once they start trying it and practising. You cannot learn to ride a bicycle at a seminar, or by reading a book, you can only learn it by ‘taking action’ and doing it.

Negative Momentum (consistent bad habits; things that are detrimental to you become easier and harder to break the habit of)

  • This works against you, puts you farther away from your goals, and actually limits your overall potential. Negative momentum lives upon ‘bad habits’ – doing things and making decisions that aren’t good for you. It is just as powerful as positive momentum, and grows in power the more you do it, and becomes harder to break – but you can (and you must).

  • Example – Someone who is overweight and has been eating unhealthy food for the past 20 years will find it more difficult to break the habit of eating unhealthy food, than someone who is of average weight and dabbles in unhealthy food occasionally.

#1 - How To Jumpstart Positive Momentum:

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We usually all start with no momentum.

The problem is – we always assume that just because we don’t have any momentum in a particular area that we can never be good at it, or we assume that it is just ‘too late’.

The truth is - that is BS, and those are excuses that keep you where you are.

Don’t believe me?

Sam Walton founded Wal-Mart at 44 years old. Do you think he let his age hold him back from starting? NO – he just took action and started grinding.

George Foreman became Boxing Heavyweight Champion of the world at age 45. Do you think he considered himself too old or out of shape to be champ? NO – he just took action and started training.

Morgan Freeman’s first Hollywood role was at 52 years old. Do you think he considered himself too old to chase his dreams? NO – he just took action and started getting out there.

We always assume that just because we haven’t done something before, that we’ll never be able to do it.


What To Do:

So how do you build momentum in an area where you have none? You START.

No action only means no momentum – you will stay where you are forever, till you ‘start’ and get the movement flowing in some capacity.

The first step is always the hardest, but; any action will always be better than no action at all.

In turn, my two biggest pieces of advice are:

(1) Start small (baby steps) – make it as easy as possible to start.

(2) Stay consistent – keep coming back and building upon your last go.

There is no other way to do it.

Again - you can’t learn how to ride a bike at a seminar, or by reading a book.

Until you decide to ‘start’ – you’ll never be able to ride that bike.

You’ll fall at first, but each time you get back up, you will get better and better – and before you know it, you’ll be riding that bike with your eyes closed.


Never been to the gym, but you want to get in shape? Start going.

Don’t have the money you want, and you want to make a lot more? Start doing your research, make a plan and start taking action towards it.

You don’t have the relationships you want? Start doing fun things, becoming more interesting, and putting yourself out there.

Start small, and stick with it.

It’s the only way to get momentum of any kind.


Once you have started something that is good for you, your goals, and your life – you will continuously build upon that positive momentum with the more action you take.

Remember – starting is the hardest part; so get it out of the way and just do it.

Success breeds more success.

#2 - How To Stop Negative Momentum - Breaking Bad Habits:

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If positive momentum is the force that brings you towards your goals, and no momentum keeps you where you are – then negative momentum is the force that brings you away from your goals.

Negative momentum comes from bad habits (aka – continuously making bad decisions and taking detrimental action).

Whether it be bad habits relating your health, wealth, love/relationships, or happiness – these decisions/actions actually push you farther and farther away from the things you desire.

With health – this may mean not taking care of your body, and not taking care of your mind, on a regular basis (e.g. smoking, not eating healthy, not being physically active).

With wealth – this may mean not being productive, emphasizing pleasure over work, and ultimately not taking meaningful action towards making more money. (e.g. Excessive Netflix, video games, and social media)

With relationships – this may mean putting yourself around people you don’t truly enjoy being around, or who do not want the best for you.

With happiness – this may mean doing things that aren’t the best for you and don’t make you happy.

Just as positive momentum becomes stronger with the more actions you take in favour of it – negative momentum also becomes stronger (and harder to stop) with the more actions you take in favour of it.

The biggest indicator of negative momentum is the results you are going in an area. If you aren’t in the best shape, don’t have the money you want, don’t have the relationships you want, or the happiness you want – then you likely have negative momentum functioning at some degree.

What To Do:

So what do you do if you have negative momentum in an area of your life that is important to you?

Given that all momentum functions off of movement, and given that all negative momentum derives from bad habits – then your first course of action is to stop doing the things that give you negative momentum (cut out bad habits).

I can do a whole article on habits and how to establish good ones, and cut out bad ones – but in short, to remove a bad habit you want to (1) avoid your cues/triggers that make you want to do the bad habit, and (2) make it hard for you to do the habit.

Once you eliminate the bad habit, you will be stopping the movement, thus stopping the negative momentum.

To avoid staying in limbo (no momentum at all), I’d recommend replacing that bad habit with a good habit that will spark positive momentum.


Health - stop smoking cigarettes and eating unhealthy food – start working out and eating healthy food.

Wealth - stop playing video games and watching Netflix – start building a side hustle and working on your career.

Relationships - Stop hanging out with people who you don’t enjoy or aren’t the best for you – start hanging out with people you enjoy and want the best for you.

Happiness - Stop doing things that aren’t good for you – start doing things that are good for you.


By stopping negative momentum and replacing it with positive momentum, you swiftly go from moving farther away from your goals, to actually speeding directly towards them.

#3 - How To Ride Positive Momentum To Great Heights:

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Positive momentum should be the goal of yours in all aspects of your life – it is a force that will bring you to the greatest heights in your life and enable you to maximize your potential.

Imagine this – you’ve been going to the gym for 5x/week for the past 5 years. You’ve gotten the body you’ve always wanted, you’ve met and built many great relationships at the gym, and you’ve actually improved your wealth and overall happiness because of this great habit and how it has made you feel better and more productive each day.

Then one day, you decide you’ve worked hard enough, and stop going altogether. Soon enough, you also start letting your diet slip, and start letting your sleep schedule slip.

Suddenly - that full-fledged momentum you had raging for the past 5 years has just slowed and isn’t flourishing as it was for you before. The movement has stopped.

As time passes by - you continuously move farther away from your ideal body. You also lose touch with the relationships you had built at the gym, and you don’t feel as good as you did before – in turn, you don’t perform as well at work and aren’t as happy.

You’ve just broken the cardinal rule of ‘riding positive momentum to the very top’ – which is slowing or stopping the movement.

Action drives momentum, and momentum drives action.

Movement is the ‘lifeblood’ of all momentum.

What To Do:

Now this depends on what you want to do.

If you want to avoid falling off at all costs – then avoid stopping the movement at all costs (keep taking action at all costs, even if it’s just 10% of what you normally do).

If you want to maintain where you are and stay there - then keep taking action at your current rate.

But if you want to reach new heights and ride that positive momentum to the very top – then double-down on your action (take more of it); in doing so, overtime you will reach greater and greater heights and have more going for you.

As your positive momentum gets stronger from doubling-down, it gets even harder to stop, and the results keep getting better and better.


Wealth – you’re making $50,000/year from a side-hustle, and want to ride that momentum to the top? Double-down on the efforts and focus you put into that side-hustle, move it higher in your priorities and keep hustling at it each day.

Love/Relationships – you’ve been building great relationships, and want to ride that momentum to even more great relationships? Double-down on your efforts; keep meeting new people, doing more new things, and building on that social momentum.


In riding your momentum to the top – you’ll find yourself in a place where working hard becomes easy (a powerful place to be). It takes hard work to get there – but getting there is the hardest part, once you are there, the results flow in easier than ever before. It’s worth it.

The moment you begin to stop that flow of action and movement, is the momentum you start to slow your momentum and become vulnerable to falling off.

If you have been going to the gym consistently for the past 3 weeks, don’t stop going.

If you have established great social momentum and have been building great relationships, don’t stop doing what you’ve been doing.

If you’ve been making great progress in your career or side hustle, don’t stop grinding and hustling.

The Interdependence of Momentum:

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Before we close things up – I did want to acknowledge the interdependence of momentum.

Positive momentum in one area of your life, often leads to positive momentum in other areas of your life.

For example - establishing positive momentum with your physical health will give you more confidence, which then gives you the courage and confidence to take more action and improve your wealth, relationships, and overall happiness.

Upon doing that, you actually start building positive momentum in all areas of your life.

On the flip-side, negative momentum in one area of your life, often leads to negative momentum in other areas of your life too. One bad health decision can slow you down in your wealth, relationships, and overall happiness too.

Momentum, whether positive or negative, is hard to stop.

Understand this – and use it to your advantage!

The Bottom Line:

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Within just 30 days, you’ll start to notice a difference in the way you think, feel, act, and the results you're getting in ALL major areas of your life.

Right now, you have the power to do something, to start something, that will give you positive momentum for the rest of your day (and possibly your life).

So put down your phone, and go do that thing!

My Challenge To You:

So now ask yourself:

  • What areas of your life do you have positive momentum in?

  • What areas of your life do you have no momentum in?

  • What areas of your life do you have negative momentum in?

If you are serious about improving your life right this instant - I challenge you to (1) double-down on your positive momentum, (2) start momentum in area that you currently have no momentum in, and (3) halt your negative momentum and replace it with positive momentum.