Feeling Stuck? Keep These 3 Things in Mind

Feeling stuck?

Sorry. Can’t help you. Wouldn’t know anything about that.

….aren’t I funny? 😉

You’re talking to the king of feeling stuck.  Allow me to help.

It’s normal to feel stuck.

Eric Thomas says you’re either going through a storm, in a storm, or coming out of a storm.  I personally don’t recommend this exact mindset. It gives off a “things are always going to suck” approach. This is only the case if you believe it. Brian Tracy says, “You get what you think about most of the time.”

I digress. Obstacles are normal and they’re going to happen. Stop comparing yourself to friends on facebook who are reaching the goals that you’re not. Social media tends to share our “highlight reel.” Good times with friends, successful careers, etc.

You’re on your own path. And you’re doing great. Remember that and stay positive.

It’s not personal.

Anytime we hit a roadblock, it can get personal pretty quick. In his book, “Failing Forward,” John Maxwell teaches us to remove the word “you” from failure. Instead of putting energy into kicking yourself, take a step back. See this from an outside perspective. This makes the roadblock a problem to solve, not a personal issue.

Darren Hardy (who emails me regularly) says to see failure as a good thing. For some of you, this might be a hard concept to grasp. If that’s the case, perhaps it’s time to reevaluate how you spend your time. I could write a whole new post on this, but in a nutshell, here’s what to do: Associate yourself with positive people and read personal development. I can’t tell you how much this has changed my life. If you don’t believe me, feel free to check my narcissistic blog posts from a couple years ago.

Failure is feedback. It’s not personal.

Take a break

Confession: This is one of my struggle areas.

I have a reputation for exhausting my brain over my problem areas. Thanks to Brian Tracy, I’ve gotten better. “Whenever you ‘go into the silence’ and listen to the still, small voice within you, you begin to hear the whispering of your superconscious mind.”  (From his book Goals!) 

When we’re calm and relaxed, we’re more open to hearing the answers that we’ve been searching for to overcome our problem. Here’s what’s really cool: When we step back and take a break from our problem, our subconscious mind is still working. It knows it’s there. It knows it needs to be solved. It’s doing the work for us. Still mind boggling to me, but I won’t argue with it. So relax! Realize that this walk you’re taking around Wrigley Field is actually helping your problem.

…that was also for me.

To recap:  It’s normal. It’s not you. It’s okay to take a break. Relax. Enjoy life regardless of what’s going on. Enjoy the fact that the leaves are about to change. Then keep on being the awesome person that you are.

Go get ‘em 🙂

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