There are two primary forces within the universe and each of us taps into the energy in a different way. Although there is overlap between the two forces, all of us tend towards one or the other. We either use leverage or momentum to accomplish our goals.
It’s important to know which “type” you are because each approach has pros and cons. A momentum type, for example, tends to make things happen. But a momentum time also stumbles into some traps, as the desire to keep moving somewhere often leads down him blind alleys.
(The Hulk needs momentum.)
A leverage type is efficient and rarely wastes energy. They move with determination. Yet their cautious nature often causes them to miss out on opportunities.
Are you a leverage or a momentum type? Take this test to find out.
Before taking the personality inventory, keep in mind that most people are a little bit of both. The idea is to find which type you tend towards.
Which most or best describes you?
(Check all that apply.)
1. ___ I’m always in a hurry to get things done.
2. ___ When I get something done, I want to move onto something else.
3. ___ When I haven’t been productive, it’s hard for me to get moving.
4. ___ I’ve rushed into some decisions (investment, personal, etc.) that I later regretted.
5. ___ People think I’m intense and angry.
6. ___ I think that other people are too spazzy and frenzied. They should chill out.
7. ___ You should wait for the “right place, right time” before making a move.
8. ___ I like to take my time to deliberate and have every piece of information before making a decision.
9. ___ I have missed out on some good opportunities in my life because I didn’t act quickly enough.
10. ___ People think I’m too chill and sometimes view me as “checked out.”
If you checked more boxes in Questions 1-5, you’re a momentum type. If you checked more boxes in Questions 6-10, then you’re a leverage type.
The pros and cons of momentum and leverage types.
Some people need momentum to get things done. Move. Smash. Keep moving. I am a momentum type.
Pros: We get things done quickly. We are decisive, creative, and audacious.
Cons: Because we either “move or die,” we fall into traps and take on undue risk. When we lose momentum, we have negative momentum. As Newtown observed, “An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion.”
They wait for the right time to move with maximum efficiency. My boy Nic is a leverage type.
“Give me a place to stand on, and I will move the Earth.” – Archimedes.
Pros: They don’t waste energy. They are efficient. When they move, their moves count.
Cons: They can be indecisive. They miss out on opportunities waiting for the perfect time to act. Yet as anyone who has lived for a few decades has learned, there is often no perfect time to move.
Which type are you?
In the next installment of the series, I’ll talk more about the two different types. I’ll even discuss how momentum and leverage types can work together to form amazing partnerships.
In the meantime, let’s hear what you have to say. Which type are you – a momentum type or a leverage type?