3 Surprising Reasons You Feel Stuck!

What’s Stopping Your Momentum?

Did you know that when standing still a single block of wood can stop a locomotive from moving forward? My question for you today is simple: “What’s your block of wood?”

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What’s keeping you from moving forward might surprise you. Your obstacle may not be as big as you think.

3 Surprising Reasons You Feel Stuck

The good news is you can do something about it today. Momentum can flood into your life once you remove one of these blocks of wood.

1. A Glass Lid You’re Not Lifting

Are you placing a glass lid today on:

  • Your potential to lead?
  • A project you don’t feel ready to start?
  • A position you feel you can’t live up to?

We are often our own worst enemy. What’s the first thing you think of when success comes into your life? If it’s not more success you may have an Upper Limit problem. An Upper Limit problem is when we sabotage our own success.

In the book The Big Leap: Conquer Your Hidden Fear and Take Life to the Next Level, the author Gay Hendricks, describes his own battle with his Upper Limit problem like this:

“I have a limited tolerance for feeling good. When I hit my Upper Limit, I manufacture thoughts that make me feel bad. The problem is bigger than just my internal feelings, though: I seem to have a limited tolerance for my life going well in general. When I hit my Upper Limit, I do something that stops my positive forward trajectory.”

2. A Personal Strength You’re Not Engaging

You may feel stuck today because your work isn’t aligned with your strengths. I believe each person has a core gift. Your core gift is something that comes easy to you and is super valuable to others.

Once you discover your core gift, it’s like moving a block of wood from under a locomotive. You suddenly have a new sense of passion and purpose.

Without engaging your personal strength, work can feel hard and frustrating. It reminds me of this quote from Albert Einstein:

“Everybody is a genius. But, if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it’ll spend its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

If you want to start your journey to discover your core gift, I’d like to invite you to read my new book: The Gift – What You Have That the Richest Man Can’t Buy.

3. A Multitude of Counselors You’re Not Using

Are you a part of a mastermind group? If not, I highly encourage you to consider joining one. I started a mastermind group just over a year ago and it has changed my life (see 5 Amazing Benefits of Mastermind Groups).

You need people who are for you speaking into your life on a regular basis. As the Scriptures teach us, there is safety in a multitude of counselors. Allow others to remove your block of wood for you. The big problem you see in your head may not be a problem at all.

Question: Which of the three above do you need the most help with today? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

    Jonathan has been blogging since 2009 and is still in awe that the Creator of the Universe desires to have a relationship with him. His passions include spending time with his kids, reading, March Madness, surprise get-a-way trips with his wife, and watching funny YouTube videos.

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    5 thoughts on “3 Surprising Reasons You Feel Stuck!

    1. Jonathan, great list. I am not sure if I am stuck or just strategically waiting. Sometimes my mind is so clouded by details that it makes it difficult to sort through my mental checklist of “am I making progress.”

      I love that illustration with the block of wood! So true. Thx for taking the time to write this and share it.

      I do have one question about the mastermind group, where did you learn about leading it? How did you make sure you weren’t wasting anyone’s time?

      • Hi Dave, great question. Honestly, I just tried to create a group based on what my needs are. I know it may sound selfish, but I’ll try to explain. As a Soloprenuer working from home, I need feedback on ideas and having a weekly hangout helps this. I also created a Google Docs survey, ask a few questions, and hand-picked the people I thought would be a good match for each other. I’ve been doing it for a bout a year and it’s been awesome! I hope to share more soon.

    2. I think I struggle with #1 the most. I criticize myself and my work. I feel I shouldn’t be where I’m at. It’s a struggle that’s worth fighting though. Once I can overcome that glass ceiling I’ve put into place, I’ll go places.

      • Hi Joe, I have struggled (and still at times struggle) with this. I read this from Steven Pressfield recently and it really challenged me: “If you were the best in the world at what you do, how would you behave? Are you behaving that way today?”