“It is no good getting furious if you get stuck. What I do is keep thinking about the problem but work on something else.” – Stephen Hawking
How often do you get stuck working “on” your business?
I hear it often from my clients, they are stuck. They don’t know how to _____. You can fill in the blank with many different things: create content, find more sales, follow up with a lead, etc.
Let’s face it, we all get stuck. It is part of life and it is part of being in business. You can let it spin in your heads and get frustrated or you can refocus your energy.
I know when I get really stuck I’ve learned to do one of the following:
1) Talk it out – Sometimes being stuck requires someone else’s perspective. Talking it out with a close associate or business coach can help you see beyond your “stuck” and your own blinders to your situation. It can help you determine what is the next step you need to take.
2) Get away – If I’m really stuck and frustrated the best thing for me is to get away from it for a while. Get up from the computer and get moving, go for a walk, run a business errand, do something that takes you away from sitting and thinking. I find the best breakthroughs happen for me when I’m out walking my dog and my mind is able to relax and be constructive.
3) Focus on another activity – As Stephen Hawking says, “keep thinking about the problem but work on something else”. A personal example is when I’m stuck generating content for a program or a blog post. If I refocus and work on something else then ideas start to crystallize and the creative juices start to flow.
What do you do to get unstuck? Please share below!