Volcanic Momentum: Get Things Done By Setting Destiny Goals, Mastering The Energy Code, And Never Losing Steam, by Jordan Ring
[Note: This book was sent free of charge by the author. All thoughts and opinions are my own.]
Sometimes the reception of a book depends a lot on timing. As it happens, the author sent me this book while I was in the process of building an accountability partnership with a coworker of mine who definitely has some side hustles going on. To be sure, this is the sort of book I appreciate anyway, as the author and I share some interests in healthy eating as well as motivation and resistance to change as well as authorpreneurship. And in reading this book I was certainly interested in other books that the author had as well. But it is easier for a book to be appreciated when it comes in a context, and this book happened to come in a context where working on various goals was already being done, and so this book was able to reinforce what was going on rather than try to motivate from rest, which can be a very difficult task. Obviously, those who are already motivated to change can get a lot out of books that motivate them to keep doing what they are already doing.
In a bit more than 150 pages, the author makes some very practical and also rather visionary advice when it comes to establishing goals and building momentum towards achieving them. The author begins with chapters about the power of change and the start of what he terms volcanic momentum. After that the author looks at a firm foundation for growth through building quick wins, removing thoughts of a neutral state towards achieving one’s goals, looking at goals as small and achievable, big, hairy, and audacious, and destiny goals that have a great deal of personal meaning. The author then provides nine strategies to master momentum, including the energy code, embracing the tortoise inside of us, avoiding wasted time, using community to sustain momentum, seeking weekly meetings, diving in, creating serendipity, saying no (sometimes), and taking feedback well. After that the author looks at never losing steam by looking at what to do after one has achieved one’s goals and leaving normal behind, before looking at the need to take action now. Clearly this author has read his Victor Vroom and other masters of motivation.
A great deal of goodwill is gained by the author by his modesty in talking about himself and his own background as well as the fact that he clearly practices what he preaches. Most notably, the book talks about the author’s work in engaging in the big ask, such as asking others for book reviews, and this reader can affirm that he indeed practices what he preaches in asking for book reviews and repeatedly making sure that the book has arrived so that the previous and beneficial book review can be obtained. Likewise, this book has extra material (not read or reviewed yet) from the author’s website that are of interest in helping to set some destiny goals that tie our own efforts with things that will go on after we are gone, as part of a much larger context than even our own lives. It is pretty easy to determine the intended audience of this book in people that want enough out of life to engage in productive activities like reading and side hustles in their free time, and who don’t mind a bit of a friendly push or shove in order to get them to act on what they want out of life. If you happen to be that sort of person and reading books to help encourage self-motivation sounds inspiring to you, check this book out.