How to Go From Stuck to Unstuck – Part 2
Last week you took time to identify the specific areas of your life in which you feel stuck. We looked at 3 ideas for making an inroad into becoming unstuck. Today, we continue with some more ideas and an Action Plan example.
(If you missed Part 1 of this article, CLICK HERE to read it now).
- Change Your Thinking. It’s true: your actions first start as thoughts. If you think you cannot find a solution to these circumstances, you won’t. When you think positive and brave thoughts, you’ll be motivated into action!
- Take Time for Reflection. Remember to take some time for yourself to collect your thoughts. You may discover some insight into how to solve your challenges. Make sure you’re completely alone with your thoughts without any distractions.
- Look for Role Models. Find someone who has been through your situation or something similar and see how he or she was able to overcome obstacles. This could be someone you know, or it could even be a character in a book you’ve read or a movie you’ve seen. Make a list for yourself of all the questions that you may like to ask them. If it is a friend or colleague, if possible, set up a coffee date with them and chat to then about your questions or ideas for moving forward.
It’s easy to remain in your “stuck” situation because it’s safe and familiar and you know what’s going to happen. However, eventually the dissatisfaction you feel will take over and you’ll realize that the only way to get “unstuck” is to take immediate action to change.
Make the Change
Once you’ve made the decision to take action, break down your changes into small, manageable steps. Set yourself a specific time over which you want the changes to take place. Track your progress and tweak your system to make sure your changes are making a difference. If one solution doesn’t seem to be working for you, then try something else.
For example, if you’re feeling stuck in a relationship, you’ll first evaluate where you think the concern lies. Perhaps you aren’t communicating effectively. If so, you can set a timetable of three months to overcome this challenge. You can then break down the problem into smaller steps by reading a book on communication, talking about it with your partner, or sign up for some Life Coaching sessions. As you go through these actions, you’re constantly keeping a close eye on how it affects your relationship. In the end you have a firm decision about your relationship’s progress and you no longer feel stuck. If you hadn’t taken action, it’d be impossible to improve!
Repeat the Process
Once you’ve applied this system to one aspect of your life, you can use the same strategies whenever you’re feeling stuck. Whether large or small, there are always actions you can take to break through barriers!