Getting unstuck (quickly!)

So, you’re stuck. In your business, you don’t know what the next
step is.

It happens. A lot.

And so you blame your lack of knowledge of the technology. Or maybe your upbringing (“our family never were business people …”).

You’ve never done selling/writing/pricing/speaking before.

No, this isn’t going to be a “motivational” post which ends with a command to “Just do it!”

But I would like to help you get unstuck.

So, answer this question: of that area where you’re feeling stuck, what do you need most?

It might be clarity. If you don’t have clarity about what you’re supposed to be doing, it’s easy to get overwhelmed.

If you do have clarity about where you should be headed, and what you need to do next, then somehow that overwhelm just melts away.

Call it “mindset” if you like, but I’ve found that a lot of people blame something external (the market, for example) when they simply need to shed some light on the problem.

Light — clarity — doesn’t make the problem go away, but it puts it in perspective.

But what if you know what to do, but don’t know how?

So, the second place you might get stuck is because you lack a particular skill. There’s something you wish you knew how to do, but you don’t.

When this happens to me, I try to work out why I need that particular skill. There could be alternatives.

For instance, if you feel you don’t know how to create a video, then maybe you don’t need to know. What’s the goal of the video, anyway? Maybe you could write something instead.

Or else, you may be letting perfectionism or self consciousness get in the way of you actually recording that video. (This is a mindset thing, not a skillset thing).

If you do need a skill, what’s the level of skill you need to get to a state of minimal competence? How would you get to that? Are you going to get that skill on your own, or with the help of someone else? Do you really need that skill anyway? Can you outsource the work to someone else?

Let’s say you have the clarity, and you have the skill, but you’re still stuck.

Here’s where you can dig out your Nike t-shirt and tell yourself: “Just do it!” And here’s a place where people often get stuck: accountability.

So, they go back to blaming their lack of skills.

But very often it’s not the lack of skills. It’s a lack of clarity, or simply the inability to make a decision and carry it through.

The simple way to get unstuck quickly

Now, we’ve got a very easy 30-seconds assessment you can use when you get stuck.

Ask: “What do you need most? Clarity? A skill? Or do you have the knowledge and the skill, and just need to implement?”

And then, you can work out how you want to move forward with this. (Options are mainly: handle it yourself, or get someone else in to help. “Someone else” may mean a mentor.)

Bonus tip for getting unstuck

When you have a particular pain or find yourself in a state of stuckedness (is that even a word?) here’s another approach you can try:

1. Find the pain (get as concrete as you can in describing it. Make it very emotional, and describe how this pain is affecting you).

2. Paint the dream. What is the outcome you hope to achieve by overcoming this? What difference will it make?

3. Find the first step. What is the first, tiny step you need to take? Not “I need to call some clients.” That’s too big. Make it itsy bitsy small, so that you have no excuse for not taking it.

4. Name the obstacle. What might get in the way of you taking that first, tiny step?

Now, are you going to put this into practice?

Do you need clarity? Or maybe you need a skill. Or perhaps you have the clarity, and the skill, and you just need to implement.

So, where are you stuck? What are you going to do about it?

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