November 19, 2017

If you’re really stuck…

Exhausted and frustrated woman at a computerStart really, really small.

Sometimes, it’s difficult to get moving. For whatever reason, we’ve become stationary. Perhaps we’ve been away and everything has ground to a halt in the interim. The scale of what we need to accomplish—what we need to get moving again—can seem overwhelming.

In these circumstances…

Sometimes it’s best to forget planning and to forget figuring out priorities and to forget making lists. Instead, just do something—anything—that will give us a sense of movement and completion and achievement, however minor. Then, once that’s done, we can pick something else, and then something else again and gradually overcome our inertia—one little step at a time.

We’re in good company taking this approach: Nature normally starts very, very small, beginning with the tiniest little thing, like the germination of a seed.

How do you get going again when you’ve come to a standstill?

Getting unstuck

Exhausted computer userA reminder of something simple and perhaps basic but really important, which has certainly helped me…

To succeed, yes, we need a vision and a purpose and goals and priorities and all that.

But when we’re stuck; when we’re down, we sometimes can’t do any of it.

Instead, we need to…

Do something—ANYTHING—that moves us even slightly in the direction we need to go, even if that’s just polishing our shoes or painting our nails.

Then we’ll gather momentum and be able to tackle something slightly bigger. Setting our direction can come later. “Ready, fire, aim” as Tom Peters and Robert Waterman put it in “In Search of Excellence.”

Sometimes we don’t have to be that smart, just determined.

At times…

It doesn’t matter a tiny bit which task we do, as long as we do something.

So much starts with managing our energy. They say 50% of winning is showing up.

What about you…

How do you get unstuck?

Working back from the future

Three in discussionWhen there’s a problem, we tend to try and evolve things from how they are now. That’s natural. It’s logical to start from where we’re at. It’s the obvious thing to do.

Actually though…

Sometimes it works better to decide how we would like the relationship to be at some point in the future and then act as if it’s already that way now.

That can be difficult. It can seem ridiculous.

It can also work.

How do you want to look back on the present difficulty from the perspective of a year, say, or maybe longer?

Want to be good at getting unstuck and at moving things on?

Then work back from the future.