Getting the Ball Rolling

Final-Momentum-LogoMomentum is one hell of a thing.

Sometimes all it takes is a small nudge in the right direction, and the metaphorical snowball starts barreling down a hill at blinding speeds.

Little successes in one area of life, can easily and often translate over into others.

That’s why whenever I find myself in a rut, I try to learn something new.   It doesn’t have to be something cumbersome, or entirely practical even, just something novel. There are lots of small or fun things you can learn to do in less than a day.

Here are 24 skills you can learn in under 48 hours, with pretty amazing instructions.

I have tried my hand at many of those skills listed in the past year, and have had success with several of them.

Most notably though, would be my adventures in juggling.  If I had to suggest any one skill for you have a go at, this would be it.

I remember being younger and trying to juggle.  I would grab 3 balls, start throwing them in the air at once, and watch as they all inevitably landed on the floor.   And that was that.
Nope. Not me. I can’t juggle.

My problem was not that I didn’t know how to juggle, it was that I didn’t know how to learn to juggle.    As is with most skills, we have to learn how to learn.

Jason’s instructions below are great.  He breaks down the skill of juggling into very small, manageable steps and encourages you to master them before moving on.  You start with one ball, learn the proper techniques, and slowly add on from there.  It’s very accessible.

The benefits of learning this skill are multifaceted and amazing.

First, you are going to greatly enhance your eye-hand co-ordination and reaction times.   The benefits of this are numerous, from preventing trips and falls to becoming a better, safer driver.

It also sharpens your focus and concentration, all the while making you smarter.  You are building bridges between your left and right brain, which impoves cognition and goes a long way to preventing Alzheimer’s disease.

And lastly, it’s exercise that doesn’t feel like exercise!  You will burn about 300 calories per hour doing it, and can do it anytime and anyplace.

It’s a great activity for all age groups and body types.

It will be a challenge at first, but you’ll get it.  I’m sure of it.

And once you do, maybe you’ll see that any undertaking can be accomplished when you break it down and put a little effort into it.

And that might just be enough to give you all the momentum you need.

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16 thoughts on “Getting the Ball Rolling

  1. The first time I saw that picture, I thought it said ‘My Omentum”. Instant double take,lol. Thank you for sharing! ANd for the refresher course on juggling, I’d forgotten how much fun it is! 😀

    • Certainly would’ve been a much different post if it had been about my omentum. Not sure anyone would actually like to hear about that! Glad you enjoyed the post 🙂

  2. You know what’s funny? I did this exact things a couple of years ago. I was feeling in a total rut, but instead of learning to juggle I went to a yoga class. At first I felt completely ridiculous since I didn’t know what I was doing, but it didn’t take long for me to figure it out. Once I did, it really started to change the way I look at my life (as well as how I look, period, but that was just an unexpected side benefit).

    Thanks for your post!

  3. I need to add “learn to juggle” to my Bucket List! Thanks for the suggestions about learning something new. #lifelonglearner

    Be a Blessing,
    Nancy ~ Bead Charmer Girl

  4. Hahaha, I Agree, completely. I feel we should always keep learning, even if it doesn’t seem like something you would find yourself doing. I’m planning to learn how to ride the unicycle. Here’s hoping That goes well.

  5. I was part of a program that was pretty segregated from the rest of the world and electronics for a few years and I taught myself how to juggle. It took months to get good, but now I can do over 30 tricks. It’s something to be proud of, even if it isn’t really that relevant. It can be a good stress relief too when I need it. Thanks for the post. It’s inspired me to want to learn more skills.

  6. This is so cool. I tried to find the bean bags I purchased a few years ago – but no luck. I am inspired, though and will hit a local hobby store today! Thanks.

  7. Reblogged this on DJ's Reflections in a Crazed Mirror and commented:
    Getting the Ball Rolling.

    This is a great article on momentum…and juggling. I bought a little juggling “kit” to give to someone a few years ago. It came with a “how to juggle” book and three small bean bags. It was such a neat gift that I bought one for myself. Lacking “momentum,” I never got around to it, but after reading this blog, I am invigorated! (Gonna’ hit the Hobby Lobby today and see if I can’t find another kit, because my neglected one is no where to be found…)

  8. Thanks for this article..I so needed a distraction and good advice.You keep going steadly and then something derails you.I lost focus and my mind just wont shut up.And you are right I need to learn something new.
    Mostly the future is worrying me.I know its stupid but you know us humans.
    Anyways sorry for my rant.Im going to visit the link thay you mentioned.Thanks

  9. Hi Hart Helps,
    Thanks for popping over to check out Sound Bites. I’ve been poking around your blog and just wanted to say it looks great.
    In the immortal words of Arnold –I’ll be back.

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