Have you ever felt completely stuck? I am the oldest of three boys. When we were younger, we lived on 45 acre campground. The camp housed 7 horses on the property (some of which seemed wild at times).
One Fall season when I was about 10 years old, my brothers and I decided to venture over the fence to get a closer look at the horses. They were just on the horizon so we strategized on how we could get them to come closer.
Not having any grain to shake in the bucket (which usually worked), we decided to shake some rocks in the bucket instead.
Sure enough, all 7 horses came galloping our way.
When they were about 50 yards away, I began to realize they were not slowing down. I yelled, “run!” I jumped over the fence and made it to safety.
Only one problem… my youngest brother was stuck in the mud. The deep grooves from the horses and all of the rain caused his little shoes to stick deep in the mud.
I quickly jumped back over the fence and pulled him right out of his shoes… just in time.
Have you ever felt stuck? Have you ever felt hopeless? Life has its way of piling up on us. Whether it’s problems with finances, school, work, or relationships, we often see no way out. We feel helpless hoping someone will somehow just pull us out.
While Superman may not be answering your call anytime soon, here are 4 simple steps you can take when you feel stuck.
1. Realize you are never really stuck
While you may feel like it, you are never really stuck. There are always options. While we may not like any of the options laying out in front of us, we always have a choice.
I believe the moment you think you are completely stuck is the moment creativity vanishes. Always believe there are choices.
2. Open your eyes to reality
Sometimes we are where we are today because of the poor choices we have made. Maybe you feel stuck because you refuse to look at the reality of your situation. Maybe it is too painful to look at where you really are financially so you’d rather close your eyes and keep going.
To get unstuck, you need to have the courage to look at the reality of your situation. Be brave. You will feel much better.
3. Create a personal policy that sets you in a new direction
I want to share with you a simple exercise that can pull you in a better direction. It’s called creating personal policies. Companies have them so why not us?
Create a new, personal policy that reflects the values and choices you want in your life. Here is a few of mine:
- We will always be completely honest with ourselves in making financial decisions
- We value experiences over possessions
- My business will never get in the way of my family
- I will have a business that works for me instead of me becoming a slave to it.
4. Focus only on the next step
The gap between where you are and where you want to be in life will discourage you if you’re not careful. Instead, just focus on the next step.
“What is one wise choice you can make today to head in a better direction?” [Tweet that]
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