You’ve probably heard of the “tipping point” phenomenon: that moment when a trend suddenly becomes mainstream.
For example, when it seemed every child had (or wanted) a fidget spinner.
Or the summer when it appeared everyone was wearing Crocs.
The tipping point happens when something that has been kind-of popular – just bubbling under the surface – suddenly has enough mass to burst forward.
Rather like a winter flu epidemic.
The tipping point also happens with our mood – and our momentum.
A lot of this work is about managing momentum. We keep monitoring our feelings, noticing when we are feeling bad, accepting those feelings, and then doing something to feel just a little bit better.
If we keep repeating this practice, we slowly build positive momentum, feeling a little bit better every time.
Until – suddenly – that momentum gathers enough speed that we find ourselves feeling great.
It’s like pushing a car. The first few pushes don’t make much difference, until suddenly we have pushed just enough to get the car moving.
This happened to me the other day. I was feeling a kind of background anxiety, so I tapped into that feeling, acknowledged it and allowed it to be there.
That very act of acceptance allowed me to shift into a better feeling space.
I continued to repeat the practice throughout the day until I suddenly noticed that my anxiety was gone and I was feeling energized and excited.
That was the tipping point moment.
It’s interesting to monitor our moods like this, giving them a gentle nudge.
That tipping point – that inflection point – is very delicate. It’s like the moment of suspension at the top of a rollercoaster.
But when we are able to ride the positive momentum forward, it feels great.