Getting unstuck is a challenge all of us must face at one time or another. But when you’re embarking on a new chapter in your life or changing careers, you can be especially vulnerable to losing your focus.
You have a clear and compelling vision. You’re excited to be moving forward toward your dream.
But then one day you find yourself stuck, unable to move forward.
We all get stuck. Our old fears and self-doubts are all too ready to kick in.
The problem is we want to think our way through being stuck, which keeps us repeating all those old patterns and behaviors. You can’t continue to try to solve problems with the thinking that got you stuck to begin with.
Getting unstuck and regaining your focus requires breaking those old patterns. Let yourself be open to new ideas. Allow yourself to see things in new and fresh ways.
Step Outside Yourself
Try looking at your larger goal sideways rather than head-on. Changing your perspective can often help you see things in a fresh way. You might also try breaking up your routine. Creative insights often come when you’re doing something new and totally different. Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way is a wonderful 12-week program designed to get your creative juices flowing again.
Be Gentle With Yourself
Slow down and really listen to yourself. What’s getting in your way? Stay with your feelings of uneasiness, knowing that they’re normal and a natural part of growth. Step into and acknowledge the negative thoughts and painful feelings that go along with being stuck. Then allow yourself to slowly release the negativity and replace it with positive thoughts and feelings.
Practice the Japanese Art of Kaizen
Kaizen is a Japanese business model based on small, incremental improvement and change. When you set your goals too large, it’s easy to become overwhelmed, which can lead to procrastination and loss of focus. Kaizen involves breaking your larger goal into very simple steps and concentrating on only one at a time. Don’t look too far ahead. As you keep taking those smaller steps, you will gradually reach your goal.
As you begin to spread your wings once again and move on, keep your vision in front of you but don’t let it overwhelm you. Let it serve as the inspiration for the one step you take now.
What helps you in getting unstuck?