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Over every mountain there is a path, although it may not be seen from the valley.
-- James Rogers


Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Get unstuck

If you feel like you’re stuck, in many ways that’s a positive sign. It means you’re eager to get moving.

The feeling of being stuck shows that there’s somewhere you truly would like to go, and you’re ready for some real progress. It means you’re highly motivated, and that’s a powerful state to be in.

Instead of focusing on the particular problem of the moment that’s making you feel stuck, step back and look at the big picture. Recall the reasons why you originally chose to be on this path in the first place.

Most likely, the challenge you’re facing right now is trivial compared to the goal you’ve set for yourself. Put things in perspective and you’ll realize that what’s really keeping you stuck is not the situation itself but rather your response to it.

Instead of feeling overwhelmed, choose to start working your way through the challenge one step at a time. There is a little bit you can do now, a little bit of progress you can make later, and bit by bit you’ll make your way through.

Take advantage of the frustration you feel, and redirect the energy of that frustration into positive, thoughtful action. You’ll soon be looking back on this moment with the grateful realization that you just cleared a major hurdle and are quickly moving forward again.

— Ralph Marston

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