Running a business is full of challenges and how we feel about them can change daily. One day we are feeling really enthusiastic as everything is running to plan or we get some really great feedback and then next we can feel completely overwhelmed and STUCK!
It’s hardly surprising we feel like this as often running a business means getting involved from everything from marketing, sourcing clients, managing the finances, making decisions about products, development and delivery! It’s no wonder all of this can lead us feeling like we don’t know what to do next.
The problem is, that being stuck is bad for business. It leads us to make poor decisions and often leads us to make no decision at all! We feel so overwhelmed by the situation we are in that we become paralysed to take action. It knocks our confidence and so we feel even less confident about what to do, meaning we can’t move forward.
So what can we do to become Unstuck?
1. Stop panicking!
It’s often the panic which stops us from seeing the wood from the trees. Taking some time out to relax and gain some perspective is essential to being able to move forward. Doing an activity you enjoy or taking an afternoon away from the workplace to clear your mind, is a good way to remove you from the over-thinking and allow you to come back to work with a clearer perspective.
2. Work on those Mind Monkeys
Our mindset either helps us to achieve our goals or completely holds us back. Ensuring you have a mindset that gives you certainty that you can achieve, will mean you can confidently move forward. For example, if you don’t believe you will have success you won’t be as invested in taking action. However, if you absolutely believe you will achieve, you are more likely to come up with possible actions to achieve, and you are much more likely to invest in taking the action. This is where your mindset needs to be!
Therefore, removing that negative chatter (those pesky mind monkeys which tell us we can’t do it, we’re no good, not good enough etc), will allow you to move forward.
So how do we do this?
We can effectively gag them! When those voices show up, quieten them down, perhaps change their voice to something ridiculous so you don’t take them seriously; and replace those thoughts with powerful messages that will support you. Therefore, “I can’t do this” becomes, “I can do this”, “I have all the skills and knowledge to succeed.”
3. Take a high level view
Taking a step back from all the detail really helps to identify what’s really going on. Understanding what your vision is, and whether what you’re doing is really supporting that, is a great step to helping you find a way forward.
Just allocating an hour to this can really help. Focus on your vision and then look at all the activities you have done over the past 2 weeks and honestly appraise whether these have been the right activities! If they’re not, you need to change them. If you think they are, review what results these have given you. If necessary, change the plan.
4. Identify a few small actions
Once you have identified where the problem might be, identify a few practical steps to move you towards your vision. Break these down into smaller chunks if necessary and build these into your working week. Focusing on one area a week will build momentum, help you focus and become unstuck
5. Don’t be afraid to ask for help
If you are still struggling, don’t be afraid to ask for help. You can’t be an expert at everything, so seek advice from those who are experts. People love helping others so ask those in the know, so that you can take the action forward; get support from a Coach or Mentor; or outsource those areas that are really outside of your expertise!
It can feel completely overwhelming when you’re in this situation but the good news is, if you identify it early on and take prompt action it needn’t impact badly on your business. Give yourself a pat on the back for taking action; and be kind to yourself: you’re doing a great job!