What Does ‘Getting Stuck’ or ‘Being Stuck’ Mean?

Businessman stuck in pavementWatch for these 3 early warning signals.

By Bill Reeb

Based on experiences in my own life and decades working as a coach and consultant to very successful business executives and owners, getting more out of your life often comes down to how quickly you recognize and respond to the early warning signs like losing momentum, suffering from diminishing returns on your efforts, or experiencing the disconnect between what you are thinking and what you want to do.

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Overachievers get stuck regularly. For us, this is simply life in action.
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Let Go of What You Think You Know

Woman touching tablet and words "Never stop learning"Doing so mentally prepares you to learn more.

By Bill Reeb

“Let go of what you think you know” is something my mentor John’s martial arts students say and read every time we enter the school to train; it is a fundamental idea to embrace if you want to expand your ability to learn and grow. This phrase is a reminder to ensure that your existing knowledge and skill do not negatively impact your willingness to gain new knowledge and skill!

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It’s funny how we think, sometimes. For example, it is not uncommon that we position ourselves on either end of a spectrum (I know something or I don’t; I have a skill or I don’t). When people think they already know something, it is hard to even get their attention to consider new ideas unless they believe someone else knows more than they do.
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Roadblocks from People with Good Intentions

Young black businessman looking at his reflectionDon't let others determine your path.

By Bill Reeb

It’s funny ... every business I have counseled is different, yet fundamentally they are all dealing with some of the same basic issues.

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And while every individual I work with is unique, I also find that we are all fundamentally similar (just another reflection of the concept “same-same”).
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3 Ways to Get ‘Unstuck’

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A process for overachievers.

By Bill Reeb

I was looking for a process that was logical, yet would be dynamic enough to respond to life as it unfolds around us.

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For example, when I am hired to help an organization create a strategy and then implement it, I call upon a formal process to get us from vision through execution. However, often the reason I am called in the first place is because someone or some organization realizes they are stuck.
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