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Feeling Stuck? Don't Back Down!

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Have you ever felt stuck? We all experience this at some point on our professional journey. Feeling stuck often leads you to believe your options are more limited than they actually are.

For example, you want to apply for a new job and at the same time you feel nervous about leaving the comfort of your current job or company. Applying for new opportunities could mean you get to do the type of work you want to do. It also means new people, new systems and ways of doing things. While staying in your current role isn’t your preference, you at least know what to expect so you do nothing. And then, you feel stuck.

There’s a change in leadership at your company and the new vision doesn’t align with your values. You might feel like you have to hop on board with the new vision, get left behind, or even leave the company. You coast for a while and then you feel stuck.

If you were in either situation, you might think your choices were limited to the ones above. Not true. When faced with situations that seem like you only have one or two choices, I challenge you to do the following:

  1. Ask yourself “what are my options?”

  2. List what immediately comes to mind.

  3. Push yourself further by asking “what’s another option?” at least three more times to come up with some alternatives.

  4. List everything you come up with, even the things that seem silly.

  5. Evaluate and consider everything on your list before you make a decision.

You are more creative than you think you are. When you open yourself up to the possibility that there are other options out there, you might find a creative solution to the issues you are facing.

If you find yourself facing situations that feel too big to tackle on your own, consider getting a coach. It’s what we're here for!

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