Are You in Your Own Way?

Sometimes we get stuck in a groove and keep doing the things that prevent us from moving forward. This is OK if you don’t need to move forward, but that’s rarely viable for a leader.

I’ve found that the biggest excuses for getting stuck range from “I have too much on my plate” to “I’m putting out fires every day” to “I’m overwhelmed”.

All are good reasons, and they have one thing in common: you!

When you’re stuck, it’s easy to stay entrenched until the situation feels unbearable. As a leader, this is unacceptable. You need to free yourself from what is holding you back.

The trick is to get out of your own way as soon as you realize that you’re stuck. Your intrinsic motivation needs to kick in so you can loosen the mental logjam that’s causing the problem.

Remember your goals. Step back for a moment and revisit what you’re trying to accomplish. Does it still make sense? Has the process to achieve your goals changed? Are key people involved still doing what they need to do?

Take one small step. You’ll be surprised (and pleased) to see how doing one thing can make a difference. If you’re venturing into a new area, set up an appointment with someone who can add to your knowledge. Ask that person who else would be good for you to meet. The small step is making the appointment. Look where it can take you!

Be open minded about doing it differently. Perhaps the way you’ve always approached your situation in the past doesn’t work in this case. Don’t use old thinking when fresh ideas could propel you forward quickly.

When you break it down like this, it diffuses the obstacles that prevent you from moving forward. By the way, use these tips to help your team members when they’re stuck. Not only will it help them, it will reinforce for you the importance of getting out of your way quickly.

Have a great day!​​​​​​

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