10 Feb Unstuck: 5 tips for Problem Solving in your Business
Unstuck: 5 tips for Problem Solving in your Business
Momentum towards success is an exhilarating part of business. But sometimes we get stuck. It feels like we are treading water and no matter how hard we tread we simply cannot get unstuck. Today I am going to show you 5 things that you can do to help you get unstuck in your business. So you can get your creativity going and your business momentum back in gear.
A word about Mindset
Everything starts with mindset. For these tools to work, your mind has to be in the right place. If your thoughts are “Ugh I can’t get out of this rut” or “I am getting no clients!”…then those thoughts become the reality. So instead, I challenge you to use this affirmation:
I attract abundance, success and love every single day easily and effortlessly.
Make this your intention every day when you feel stuck and let yourself fully experience it. I find that when I set intentions and do affirmations, it’s not so much about saying the words but instead..it’s about feeling the words and what it would look like. So let’s jump right in.
#1 Go outside of your industry
Whether you are stuck with creating content, finding clients, or working on a big project (like building your website) I am going to challenge the urge for you to continue to seek information on the topic within your industry. (Unless you know NOTHING about the topic…but likely the info you have is good enough)
More often then not it’s not that we don’t know enough information its just that we are looking at the problem or issue from a perspective that does not allow us to see the solution. The reason for this is that when we are stuck by seeking information in our own industry we start to sound like everyone else. Clients don’t want everyone else…they want YOU.
Step out of your industry and take a look at what is working in other industries.
If you are a life coach, look at how your handy-man approaches a problem (Seriously!). You will be amazed at how differently he thinks and you may be pleasantly surprised at how you can apply similar problem solving techniques to your problem.
#2 Boost your Brain Power
Our brains are not designed to work 3 hours straight. However, you may have hired a babysitter and have 3 hours of time to work on your website…so you take the plunge.
Here is how you can maximize those same 3 hours. Research shows that 45 minute time chunks allow you to get the most brain power. This means you will have the most focus, concentration and productivity when you split up the 3 hours into 45 minute blocks.
If you are a Supermom like me, you will have to fight the urge to work for hours in a row and take brakes every 45 minutes. Set a timer or use an app like 30/30. Breaks can be getting up from your desk and going for a walk or going to get a healthy snack.
#3 Step out of your Comfort Zone
I am going to challenge you by asking you to do something you have never done. Allow yourself to get a little bit uncomfortable. Think about this quote…
Getting out of your comfort zone takes courage. It takes grit. This is where I work with my clients to help them to believe in themselves and to find comfort within the discomfort to continue to move their businesses forward. Focus on why you are doing what you are doing and it becomes much easier to deal with the discomfort.
I can also promise you that 9 times out of 10 what you thought was super scary in hindsight was not that bad at all.
As an introvert, I tell you this from experience. I pushed myself out of my comfort zone and I started to feel really amazing for doing it. I would say to myself “well I didn’t die”. The next time I stepped out of my comfort zone again I remembered it wasn’t that bad at all.
#4 Take 2 steps back to plan
Sometimes when we are in the middle of the grind, we are so deep into the problem that we are trying to solve that we can’t see the big picture. Take a step back and take a look at where you are, where you want to be and make a plan to get there.
Here is an example: When I was working on my masters, I was working full time as a nurse at the hospital. I had class during the day and I had clinical (where I saw patients) during the day as well. As you can see that was a pretty full schedule. I was stuck in the midst of the problem so my solution was not a good one. I started working night shifts to free up my schedule but would end up pulling 24 hour days multiple days per week. I had to take a step back and see where I could make some changes to fit everything in. My goal was to work and go to school (where I wanted to be). This was my plan: I decided to drop down to 2 days per week and work on the weekends. This allowed me to have Monday through Friday free to go to class and do my clinical rotation.
Getting that clear perspective by stepping back at the solution that was not working helped me to see where I wanted to go and create a a feasible plan to get there.
#5 Go have Fun
Do something that makes you feel happy. Don’t worry about productivity, networking or anything else related to business. Just go do something fun. Take the kids to the aquarium, go for a nature hike, go to the beach. Just get your mind off of what you are working on. This will help you to clear your mind and when you reproach the problem, you will be clearer, focused and creative.
The best thing to do when you are stuck either in your business or with a specific project within your business is to shake things up a bit. Use these tools to see how you can create your own momentum. And if all else fails, talk to a coach. I work with clients on getting them unstuck on a regular basis and I would be more than happy to see how I can help you.
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What are your favorite ways to get unstuck? Leave a comment below to let me know what you do when you are stuck.