At some points in life, everyone faces stagnation, lack of momentum, and the feeling of trying to run in water. Tasks take longer. Motivation is no longer there. What once gave joy loses its impact. Projects stall. Business feels as though it has plateaued.
The very definition of being stuck is the inability to move further — think of your car being stuck in mud, unable to gain the traction needed to get moving again.
Getting stuck is a part of life and when that happens it undoubtedly impacts our business. As entrepreneurs, our enterprise is a part of us. For many, it defines who we are as individuals, for we often spend more time with the business than we do with the significant others in our lives.
As we go, so goes the business! Being stuck isn’t disastrous, but staying stuck is. When you see the signs, take action sooner rather than later.
So how do you get unstuck? Keep reading for five steps you can take to regain momentum and start moving forward again.
Take These 5 Steps to Get Unstuck
1. CHANGE WHAT YOU TAKE IN.
Often, being stuck happens between the ears. How you think, about yourself and your business, plays a big role in your momentum and success. Garbage in, garbage out, as the saying goes. Feed your brain a steady diet of positivity!
Be intentional about what you read and listen to. Offset the stream of negativity so readily available in today’s "news" and media with strong motivational messages from successful and positive writers and speakers.
2. TAKE A HARD LOOK AT WHO YOU HANG AROUND WITH.
The great business philosopher Jim Rohn said that you are the average of the 5 people you spend time with. What are these people pouring into you? Is it time to change your average by upgrading those you allow to influence you?
3. DO WHAT YOU'RE AFRAID OF.
Often the things we fear most are the very things that would have the most impact. Afraid of selling? Do it anyway and learn to get comfortable. Have a fear of public speaking? Do it and conquer it. The benefits are on the other side of your fear.
4. INVEST IN YOURSELF.
Enhance your skills through advanced training. Be intentional about honing your skills and improving your ability to lead your business forward. Do this consistently, not just once. Getting the help you need will greatly increase your chances of success.
5. CHANGE IT UP.
Shift your patterns and habits. One of my clients called this "pattern-interrupt." Changing things up can create just the shift needed to get out of the doldrums and back in the fast lane.