I was stuck.
Have you ever felt that way – when your wheels just come to a grinding halt and you try every tool you can think of, but you can’t seem to get dislodged?
So how do we get unstuck? How do we flip the energy from struggle to momentum? Here are some ideas:
- Re-frame: Instead of thinking of the situation as painful and intolerable, why not make it playful or a lesson of patience?
- Change your space: Get out for a while, take a walk, or just stand up and move your body. It’s pretty amazing how movement can change our energy and help our brains see things differently.
- Change your expectations: Don’t lower them! But rather than looking for a final outcome, try thinking about it as an experiment. Take a journey down that road and know that you can always make a U-turn.
- Put it down on paper: Get out of your own head space where thoughts can start to get jumbled. Use visual mapping and brainstorming strategies to mix up the creative juices.
- Turn down the pressure valve: This usually involves a combination of adjusting your expectations and re-framing the issue, but cut yourself a break. How can you give yourself time and space to make the decision?
- Tell your gremlin to take a hike: Tune into what you’re saying to yourself. If you’re finding that you’re using a lot self-talk that is limiting you to a smaller, less consequential version of yourself, give that voice a nice kick in the butt!
Can you think of something that you’re feeling particularly stuck about? What do you think is inhibiting you from moving forward? What can you do about it?
This may also be a good time to seek out a coach. Not only can a coach help you clarify what it is you want, but a coach can also help you develop awareness of what’s causing you to get stuck. I picture someone standing on solid ground, throwing out a rope to help you climb out of that quick sand.