Look, we have all been there, and probably more than a few times. You’re trying to increase sales, implement a new strategy, develop a new product and you feel like you can’t make progress. In other words, you’re stuck.
While this has always been a challenge in business, it feels like in the age of COVID; it has gone on steroids. Change is happening at such a colossal level, and while we know it is coming, we don’t know what that change is going to be or how it will impact us. It can be scary, and it can be exhausting.
So, while getting stuck comes with the territory, staying stuck is not an option if you want your business to grow. One of the most important skills you can gain as a leader is understanding when you’re stuck and learning how to move through it and past it.
One Step Forward Towards Change
I have been struggling with this in my own business. Like many of you, my industry was turned upside down when this pandemic hit. It not only significantly decreased my revenue, but it rendered my business model unworkable. I have spent that last year redesigning my business and doing the dreaded pivot.
With many false starts and a few steps backward, I have finally landed on a business model that I am excited about and one I want to pursue. If only it were that easy, I could select my new business model, and I could easily transition into it. But it doesn’t work like that; making change at this level is challenging, and more often than not, I have found myself stuck and unsure of how to move forward.
Here are the five strategies I have used to get unstuck in my business. I hope that they will work for you too.
1.Go Back To Your Vision:
In my opinion; success is not logical. In fact, if you sat down right now and made a list of all the reasons you cannot be successful and all the reasons you can, the list of why you can’t will always be longer. Again, success is not logical. So, to move forward, you need to spend time focusing on your vision. And in the meantime, up to three times a day, looking at and focusing on your vision will not only motivate and inspire you, but it will also align your actions on moving forward and pushing through the obstacles.
2.Focus On What You Can Control:
One reason it is easy to get stuck in uncertain times is that there is so much outside of your control that can impact your success. You are at the mercy of competition, the market, customers, and the list go on. One of my favorite exercises is to make a list of everything I am worried and excited about. Just do a massive brain dump. Then divide that list into what you can control and what you can’t. Your job is to then focus on what you can control and forget about the rest. Again, success is not logical; it is a function of what you focus on.
3.Engage Your Connections:
Your connections are your currency; you have heard that a million times. When you are stuck, you need your community. Sharing the challenges you’re having, asking for ideas and input will not only renew your passion for what you do but will give you a new perspective and new actions to take to get unstuck. There is no problem you are facing in your business, no challenge that someone in your community has not faced or has not dealt with. Invest in your community, and they will invest in you.
To get unstuck in your business; you need to be clear on what is working, what is not, what you need to do more of, what you need to do less of, and what you need to add that you are not doing. The tool Seeds, Weeds, and Needs is so powerful for this. Reflect on your business at least every three months and ask yourself what are you doing that you need to keep doing (SEEDS), what do you need to quit doing, what is wasting your time (WEEDS) and what do you need to add, what would infuse energy and ideas in your business (NEEDS). The Seeds, Weeds, and Needs will ensure you refocus consistently.
Then take the time to celebrate every little step you make. Getting unstuck is about progress and moving forward. Take the time to think about how far you have come, what you have accomplished, and the progress you are making. Progress builds confidence, and that confidence will ensure you get unstuck.
Getting stuck in business, especially in times of extreme uncertainty, is something we all experience. But the difference between people who succeed and those who don’t is implementing the strategies, these strategies, to push through the obstacles. They move from being limited by uncertainty to turning it into their competitive advantage.
What ideas are you using in your business to get unstuck? To learn more about turning uncertainty into a competitive advantage, I invite you to check out my newest book, THRIVE Turning Uncertainty To Competitive Advantage. I’m offering a sneak peek – go here to get the download. I bet you won’t be able to wait to read the rest of the book!