There are days as a leader when you just feel stuck. The situation in front of you isn’t necessarily bad or uncomfortable, but you still feel like there is no clear path to get to where you want to be.
You’re stuck where you are.
At least that’s how it feels. If you’re not there right now in your life then you’re guaranteed to feel that way some time soon in your quest to be successful.
So what do you do? How do you “unstick” stuck?
1. Be brutally honest about your current situation.
Things might not be as bad as you imagine them to be. In fact, you might be a whole lot better than you feel like you are right now.
Take a quiet moment to think through the logical pros, cons, and possibilities for taking action in your life. Take out a pen and paper and start writing down what you are thinking right now.
Don’t do anything just yet. Just be honest about where you are.
2. Reach out to people who can give you a different perspective.
Often, someone else’s critical thinking is all you need to figure out what’s bothering you. A wise mentor or coach can often steer you in a direction that you hadn’t thought about yet.
Listen to the people in your life that can help you. Reach out to people you trust — people who have your best interests at heart. Explain where you are, where you want to be, and the obstacles that seem to be holding you back.
You’ll be surprised at the insights you get back — almost instantaneously.
3. Take a step back from the chaos.
Complex problems demand extra creative solutions.
You can’t be creative when you’re surrounded by the chaos and stress that is holding you captive in the moment. Push back from your desk. Walk around. Go for a run. Get some exercise. Grab a cup of coffee. Go smell the flowers. Take the rest of the day off. Go to an art museum.
There are a lot of ways to distance yourself from the nonsense that confuses your brain and tells you you need to freak out. Be deliberate about pushing it to the back of your brain for a few minutes while you recharge the creative part of your brain.
4. Challenge yourself in another area of your life.
Feeling stuck usually isn’t about all parts of your life blowing up at the same time. It’s about one big thing. You might be stuck financially or stuck physically or stuck emotionally. Usually there is one big obstacle in your way.
Challenge yourself to do better where you’re already doing better. For example, if you’re doing well financially, you should challenge yourself to invest more, save more, give more, and spend less. Take things to the next level.
That added confidence might be motivation to take on the real challenge that is bothering you.
5. Get busy doing something.
The longer you think about your frustration, the more stuck you’re going to feel. You have to do something.
It may not be the perfect action to take — it may not even be the best action to take — but action always trumps inaction. Do the best thing you know to do. That’s probably pretty close to perfect anyways.
You can adjust down the road. But taking action, even in small ways, is the antidote to the fear and confusion your brain is over-producing.
Getting unstuck is a choice.
It’s a challenge you’re going to face many times in your life — especially if you attempt to achieve audacious goals.
To be successful, you need to be a master at moving past obstacles, talking yourself down from the crazy thoughts that make you want to give up, and surrounding yourself with allies who are willing to go to battle with you at any cost.
The surprising secret to getting unstuck yourself is helping those around you get unstuck themselves.
Ultimately, healing others has an amazing way of making you whole yourself.
Fight on. lead on. Keep your hands up. Keep on swinging until the round is over.
That’s what winners do.