You know what you want. You have a vision and a plan. You try to implement that plan but for some reason you can't. You are officially "stuck" You feel like you can't move forward, but can't discern why. You say to yourself "Okay, today I'm going to get that proposal written. No matter how I feel, I'm going to sit down and do it." But you can't - not matter how hard you try. You might feel grumpy, confused or mad at yourself and possibly the world.
Consider my advice to give yourself a break. Being stuck is different than good, old-fashioned procrastination. And it's not a sign that you lack self-discipline, determination or perseverance. You might be persevering with the best of them and still feel like you're getting nowhere fast.
While being stuck may feel uncomfortable, it's actually an opportunity. It's your soul's way of pointing out that there is something you need to see, understand, learn or experience before you'll be ready to make your vision a reality.
How does being stuck serve you? Being stuck:
So what should you do? Stay put. Relax. Keep an open mind. The reason for being stuck usually becomes clear when the timing is right - and that's usually not until after you stop thinking about being stuck.
Personally, I find few things more frustrating than feeling really stuck. It reminds me of being caught in the middle of a boxing ring, rushing the ropes and being bounced back into the middle of the ring. Argh!!
Having recently triumphed from my own bout of being stuck recently, I'll offer some ideas and steps that I found helpful:
Although it isn't fun to experience, the result of being stuck can actually be as rewarding as winning a platinum title belt during a first-round knockout. Being stuck can bring many new insights and self-knowledge. Most of the time, being stuck is a precursor to spectacular mental breakthroughs and a heightened awareness that leads to a successful life outside of the boxing ring.
So if you're feeling stuck, give yourself a timeout. Coach yourself to lighten up a bit to get refreshed and recharged. The reward could be well worth a few days spent being down for the count.