5 Reasons You Keep Getting Stuck
Do you feel like you're spinning your wheels and not getting anywhere? Read this article on the top 5 reasons you get stuck and what you can do about it
If you find that youíre feeling off track, stalled out or simply spinning in possibilities, itís time to figure out whatís getting in the way.† Once you know whatís going on, you can actually do something about it!
The top 5 reasons you get stuck or spin your wheels:
-- 1. Youíre not playing the game you really want to be playing. It goes something like this:† Iím frustrated.† Iíve got big ideas, but Iím not making progress on them.† Really, Iíve got a good life.† I make good money.† Maybe I should just be happy with what Iíve got.† And so you keep trying to talk yourself out of taking the risk and going for what really matters.† But the truth is, youíre ambitious and no amount of rationalizing is ever going to make you happy when you know thereís more you want to be doing. Claim the game you want to be playing.† Itís the first step!
-- 2. You play on slippery slope of self doubt.† You know what you want.† You know what steps you could be taking to get there. And yet you donít do it.† You decide and then backslide.† You look at what everyone else is doing and it sends you back to the drawing board.† You think:† hmm, maybe this isnít quite right.† Maybe I should keep looking for Ďthe answerí.† Maybe Iím not ready.† The slippery slope of self doubt will trip you up as long as you let it.† Commit to moving forward.† You can always adjust course.† But going backward sends you down the slide every time.
-- 3. Overinvesting in information gathering.† Itís easy to pour your time, energy and money into information gathering.† Read another book. Take another class.† Download another report.† Scan for what everyone else is doing.† You can gather information all day long, but what you want is in the implementation, not the information.† Thereís a time and a place for scanning for information.† And then thereís a time for action.† Know the difference.
-- 4. Aimless action.† Jumping in without a strategy and engaging in Ďfrantic tacticsí or aimless action is the fast route to spinning your wheels.† You feel busy.† You feel like youíre doing somethingÖbut in truth, youíre getting nowhere.† You donít know why youíre doing Ĺ the things youíre doing -- other than someone else said you should.† If you donít know WHY you are doing what youíre doing, itís aimless.† You need a strategy.† A focus.† A bias for action can be good, but overused it just keeps you spinning your wheels and getting nowhere fast.
-- 5. Pretending thereís no fear.† Letís be honest.† If youíre playing a big enough game, youíre going to be scared.††† But I hear people tell me all the time that they are Ďfearlessí.† If youíre fearless youíre not really engaged in something that matters.† I think the real truth is we say we have no fear because we think youíre supposed to be fearless if youíre a risk taker.† Bah humbug.† True risk taking involves courage in the face of fearÖnot itís absence.† I love this quote from a well-known bullfighter (whose name I donít recall):
ďTo fight a bull when you are not scared is nothing. And to not fight a bull when you are scared is nothing.† But to fight a bull when you are scaredóthat is something.Ē
Do something that scares you.† Itíll be well worth it!
My coaching challenge:
If you saw one of your patterns in the list, itís time to take action.† You only need to do ONE thing differently to get back in the flowÖso, what will it be?† Will you claim your big game?† Will you do something that scares you?† Will you silence your inner critic?
I canít wait to hear what shifts for you when you do!
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