I’ll never forget my dad helping me to learn to ride a bike. He would help me balance myself, but eventually, I would go around and around and flop over. That’s when he used a phrase that I have often heard in my life. He said, “Timmy, your problem is that you are not building up a head of steam. Get a head of steam and your balance will get better.” It sounded like wise advice, but I didn’t have a clue as to what that meant. He explained, “A head of steam is what it takes to get those old steam trains rollin’.” Later I realized that what my dad was talking about was momentum.
Momentum is what gets things moving, and sustained momentum is a powerful force. Whether it’s a snowball rolling down a snow-covered mountain or a train moving down a track, momentum is a self-perpetuating, potent influence. Athletes and sports fans know this and so do effective organizations. Without a “head of steam,” churches and organizations often languish and become stagnant. But with momentum, churches and organizations overcome problems more easily, and have a greater sense of excitement, confidence and hope. Momentum is the accelerator of any organization. Read more!