Book Review- Volcanic Momentum: Get Things Done by Setting Destiny Goals, Mastering the Energy Code, and Never Losing Steam

If you are in a constant search for a meaning in your life, have endless power to pause, reflect and improve every aspect of your life, or even if you are still in the process of setting the corner stone of your destiny, you will find something in this book. Although this is my first read for Jordan Ring, I felt like he was talking to me.

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Jordan Ring, in his book, Volcanic Momentum: Get Things Done by Setting Destiny Goals, Mastering the Energy Code, and Never Losing Steam, gave us clear, concise, and straight to the point tips and ideas on how to not only dream big, but also to achieve those dreams, or as what he called it: achieve your Volcanic Momentum.

Although some of the ideas are repeated and already covered thoroughly in other books, I still find this book a good addition to my knowledge and a quick reminder on the importance of the basic things.

In this book, Ring illustrated how It’s important to set three types of goals:

  1. SAGS (Small Attainable Goals): the quick wins that give you the early feeling of progressing.
  2. BHAGS (Big Hairy Audacious Goals): the large goals that will have a major impact on your life.
  3. Destiny Goals: the goals that help you to serve others beyond your expectations; the ones that will help you to leave a legacy.

The next step after setting these goals is to track our progress while pursuing them. This can be done by using a simple whiteboard, a journal, a spreadsheet, or by using the idea that I love; the “Don’t Break the Chain” concept: Jerry Seinfeld’s Method for Creative Success. You can use whatever combination you prefer, because the most important thing here is, and as Ring said, “figure out where you want to go, what you want to do, and who you want to be, and then write down your ideas. Get your head out of the box and let your creative side flourish”.

9 Strategies to Master Your Momentum

Ring illustrated 9 strategies that you we use to develop and master our momentum while achieving the above three dreams, Personally, I liked the first one which is “Mastering the Energy Code”. The 9 strategies are:

  1. Mastering the Energy Code: maintain your energy level by recognizing your eating habits, get enough sleep, use digital solutions to organize your life, follow the 20/80 rule when accepting/ rejecting tasks and obligations, link your goals with your core values, take breaks and ask for a help so you can avoid burnout, break the boring routine often, never underestimate the power of the small progress even if it is only a 15 min a day, meditate, reflect and appreciate the journey.
  2. Embracing the Tortoise Inside of You: no matter how big your goals are, start small and appreciate your small wins. Remember, “No one has the capacity to fully realize a Destiny Goal in a short period of time. It will take continuous minute changes to reach your bigger goals.”
  3. The #1 Enemy of Momentum: Wasted Time and How to Avoid it: avoid losing your momentum and wasting your time on the things that don’t matter.
  4. The Importance of Community for Sustaining Momentum: surround yourself with the right community, find a mentor, or a mastermind group.
  5. Weekly Meetings for Abundant Momentum: Execute the Right Goals Week to Week: find an accountability partner and review your progress on weekly basis.
  6. Fail Forward: Gain Massive Momentum by Ditching the Plan and Diving in: “You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing and falling over.”—Richard Branson”
  7. Create Serendipity to Keep Up Momentum: you don’t have to plan every single step, sometimes you just need to take chances along the way.
  8. How to Create Time: Get More Done by Saying No and Mastering Your Priorities: how true is this quote from Gandalf from The Lord of the Rings: “The one and only thing we can do is to “decide what to do with the time that is given to us”; prioritize, prioritize, prioritize.
  9. Don’t Let Others Get You Down: Take Feedback Like a Champ by Mastering Your Personal Filter. Remember, “We aren’t responsible for how others choose to give us feedback. The only thing that we can directly control is what we do with that feedback.

Takeaways

My favorite takeaways from the book are:

  • “Remaining neutral is not an option if we wish to grow. We all make mistakes and fall back from time to time. We are finite human beings who don’t have time to do everything. Some things will falter as we pursue lofty goals and make our dreams come true”.
  • “Lasting success is not found in the completion of a goal; success is found by the change we make within during the journey. By working towards a goal we change for the better, as goals require us to learn skills along the way”.
  • Leaving normal behind”.
  • “It’s through questioning our purpose, goals, and direction that we grow. It’s through contemplation that we find true and lasting momentum. Without stopping to think and wonder, we will never get anywhere.”
  • “We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman, “O me! O life!… of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless… of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?” Answer: That you are here — that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play *goes on* and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?”—John Keating”

I highly recommend this book.

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