Feeling Stuck? 8 Great Ways to Get Moving Again!

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“If you get up one more time than you fall, you will make it through.” ~ Chinese Proverb  

Sometimes when life and business get overwhelming and you feel stuck in a rut, pushing and straining harder is actually counter-productive. So when you feel like you have blown a mental fuse, here are some powerful ways to restart yourself and get moving forward again!

1.         Get into nature. Go outside and take some deep breaths of fresh air. Put on your walking shoes and take a 15-minute power walk. Take off your shoes and wiggle your toes in the grass. Notice the beauty around you. Reconnecting with nature is a fantastic way to get your creative juices flowing again.

2.         Shift into learning mode. When you are beating your head against a wall trying to create or get something done, take a little break and do some learning. Pick up a nonfiction, business or personal development book and grow your mind and yourself. Turn on an audio CD or a program that will help you learn a skill you need. Don’t waste time when spinning in circles. If you need to disengage from business for a while, engage in something else that still feeds and serves you.

3.         Mix up your style. Do you have to do things the way you have always done them? If you usually work solely on the computer, maybe it’s time to disconnect and use an old-fashioned paper and pen. Maybe if you usually work in your home office, why not enjoy a change of scenery and work somewhere else for a few hours? Think outside of the box—sometimes just doing something in a different way or a different place will open new ways of thinking.

4.         Enjoy some self-care. Maybe your mind is fried because you haven’t taken any time for yourself in a very long time. Take some time to have a cup of tea, enjoy a piece of chocolate, take a short nap, get a massage, whatever it takes to recharge you. By refueling and refreshing your body, you will be doing the same for your mind.

5.         Reconnect with your big “WHY?” Sometimes when we are stuck, we need to take a moment to reconnect with our values, our priorities, and our big “WHY?” Why did we start our business in the first place? Why are we doing the task or project we are doing—what larger good in our business does it serve? Take a few minutes to get internally quiet and get in touch with your bigger motivations and visions for your business and yourself.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/luca_volpi/362754833/6.         Feel the love. Call or connect with someone who supports you and your career. Chat for a few minutes. You could even start off the conversation honestly saying “I am hitting a wall today and just needed to connect with you for a little pep talk.” Or, “I am really frustrated today and I am wondering if you have a couple of minutes to help me process things.” That person will probably be more than happy to give you a few minutes of support, and it will help you get refocused, re-grounded, and restarted.

7.         Work with a coach or mentor. Success leaves clues, and sometimes the best thing you can have is a coach or mentor to help you look at a problem in a different way, help you ask some different questions, and basically help you get from that rut back into motion. Sometimes it takes someone from the outside looking in to identify the problem, and together you can work toward a solution.

8.         Build a mastermind group. Find a group of other successful women lawyers that you resonate with, whom you respect, and whose input you value. There is power in a group of minds coming together. So next time you are stuck, you have a team of people to encourage you or to give you suggestions. 

Those are eight tips to get you going when you feel stuck. You probably aren’t as far from being “unstuck” as you think you are! You can get yourself back on track and on your way to success.

TODAY: When you are feeling stuck, try one of these tools or another one that you know has worked for you in the past. Don’t allow yourself to give up too early or stay stuck. Instead, look in your toolbox of ideas (like the ones in this article) and use them to get moving again as quickly as possible. Time wasted is time lost, so focus on doing what it takes, even if it is a few minutes away, to get rebooted and moving forward!

 

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