Here’s a 5 step process to get moving again when you are feeling stuck with problems or your business, from Flying Solo’s Jayne Tancred.
When you’re in one of those situations where nothing seems to be working or the best way forward is distinctly murky, it’s easy to fall into a state of paralysis or reluctant resignation.
If you want to be the master of your own destiny, however, neither staying stuck nor admitting defeat is an acceptable option. So, over the years, I’ve worked out a nifty little approach that helps me sidestep the roadblocks and find my momentum. I hope it helps you too.
Step 1: Do nothing
When you’ve been doing everything you can to get things going, and you just aren’t seeing any results, there’s no point continuing to beat your head against a brick wall.
Instead, schedule a block of time in your calendar to dedicate to the issue, and then declare a holiday from the whole catastrophe until that time arrives.
Your goal is to return to the issue with a fresh perspective, renewed energy, and a different attitude, so if the topic crosses your mind in the interim, gently remind yourself that there’s an agenda set for this to be revisited later and in the meantime do something completely different…
Step 2: Go macro – revisit the big picture
Often when we’re stuck, it’s because we’re concentrating on the obstacles rather than on our objectives. With that in mind, the first thing I do upon re-entry is to re-familiarise myself with why the issue at hand is important to me, and what my goal is in addressing it.
I always find that when I stop thinking about how I’m going to make something happen and instead focus on my best-case scenario outcome, I shift out of a defeatist mindset and into a can-do one….
Step 3: Go micro – zoom in on what you can do
If your big picture review has confirmed that you’re on the right track and the issue you’re trying to push forward is one that you really are committed to, you may still be stalled by not knowing all the steps it’s going to take to create the breakthrough you need.
Whenever there are lots of unknowns, it’s easy for me to fall into the trap of thinking that I don’t know anything at all, but that’s actually rarely the case. I almost always have some idea of what’s needed, even if I don’t yet have a handle on everything there is to know.
At this point in the process, it always seems to help to step away from the computer and go old-school with paper and pen to create a list or (better still) a mind map of all the tasks and milestones that might need to be completed in order for my big picture goal to be achieved….
Step 4: Make it fun
If everything’s still feeling really overwhelming or as though you’re not gaining any traction, try turning parts of it into a game.
My business partner and I did this recently when we decided to pursue an opportunity we hadn’t budgeted for but really wanted to take up. The first time we ran the numbers, the cost of participation was so far outside our reach that no-one would have blamed us if we’d walked away. But from a big picture perspective it was a no-brainer, so we set ourselves the challenge of coming up with the cheapest way possible to achieve our goal.
Once we made the decision that we were going to go ahead regardless of cost AND that we were going to do so in a way that was affordable for us, momentum came as we amused ourselves coming up with wild and wacky ways that we could achieve our objectives while spending a minimal amount of money….
Step 5: Rinse, repeat and learn along the way
None of the processes above work unless you commit to learning everything you can about yourself, your business and what’s effective every step of the way, and applying what you learn.
Often a project that’s big enough to make you feel stuck in the first place will also be big enough to involve many layers or moving parts. Applying the steps above in an on-going loop has helped me get unstuck so many times that I’ve lost count, and might be just what it takes to help you move forward too.
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