Having a hard time picturing it?

As creatives, we do our best to clearly describe what we have to offer. Truly, we put a lot of work into that part of what we do.

But as creatives on the receiving end of a ton of incredible offers (if I had unlimited funds, I would spend them on soooooo many of the things you guys have made!!), it can be hard to know if something is right for you right now.

In an ongoing effort to show you as clearly as possible what the things I create look and feel like, I’m sending out an email later today with a passage taken straight from Stay Unstuck.

It’s a detailed example of how a creative could use the work done in the guide to move through a couple of different instances of being stuck in their business.

This example can really help you understand how Stay Unstuck: A Guide to Awareness and Action could help you day to day, so if you want to read the excerpt, sign up below!

(And if you see this after the email goes out, sign up anyway—I’m putting a PDF of the passage in the free library, to which you'll gain immediate access when you become part of my email crew!)

As always, I’m here to answer any questions you have about being stuck, getting unstuck, and Stay Unstuck itself.

I’m not at all pushy; I’m just here to help you get the clearest picture possible about how the things I offer could fit into your work and life.

Thanks for all your love and support these last couple of weeks as I’ve brought Stay Unstuck to life! You guys are so encouraging, and it makes me so happy to know each and every one of you.

From no big deal to a very big deal

My new guide, Stay Unstuck, started small—as so many good things do.

For years, I worked as a copy editor and then a content coach. And along the way, I offered lots of ideas about ways to get unstuck when a client was facing writer’s block or some other issue that kept them from moving forward.

Eventually, I realized that I’d built up a pretty solid bank of ideas about getting unstuck. So I thought, Oh, I’ll turn these into a little guide for people who work on creative projects, especially those that are writing-based. No big deal.

But (as I’m sure you can guess by how these kinds of stories usually turn out), it was actually a really big deal.

As I began pulling together all these tactics for getting unstuck and writing about why it’s so important to use them, I realized how often I wasn’t using them.

And that gave me pause.

How could I possibly help you make the most of these ideas when I wasn’t making the most of them—and I was the one who’d been carefully writing them down over the years?

If I didn’t stand a chance, where did that leave you?

That’s when I realized that no matter how good we are at giving advice to others when they need it, we’re often terrible at giving advice to ourselves at the most critical moments.

I’ve given advice to countless numbers of people about how to get unstuck, and it was incredibly humbling to realize that I was struggling to take my own advice.

When I figured it out, I knew that Stay Unstuck needed to be much more than just a list of tactics. I had to find a way to help you (and me!) use these ideas over and over, to make them an intimate part of our life and process. And that meant that turning to them had to be as simple as possible.

So I got serious. I stopped thinking of this as a little guide to help every now and then and started to think about how this guide could change the way we approach creative projects in the first place.

If we know we're prepared for whatever internal roadblocks might come our way, we're more likely to take on creative projects and less likely to procrastinate on decision-making. And that's the way I want to live and work.

I get really excited when I think about where I could be six months from now, a year from now, five years from now—if I truly take my own advice to heart and make these tactics a part of my life.

So now that I've put the guide out there for you, it's time to get down to work. I’m going to start at the beginning and do the entire Stay Unstuck process myself, all the way to the end.

I’ve done this kind of work over the years, but I've mostly sort of stumbled into doing it as the need arose. But in creating Stay Unstuck, I put together all the pieces in a step-by-step process, and I can't wait to use it.

I can already tell how powerful it’s going to be for me to have a guide to lean on, so I can simply focus on getting my own solid stay unstuck process in place.

So what about you? Are you ready to dive in and prepare for the inevitability of messiness and roadblocks in your creative projects?

Stay Unstuck: A Guide to Awareness and Action is here to help.

First, you’ll work through creating a powerful list of tactics to use when you get stuck—because while you may have of lots of ideas to share when someone else needs help, I'm guessing that when you're the one who's stuck, all those ideas seem to disappear. Don’t put yourself in that tough position; plan ahead for the inevitability of needing these ideas.

And then you’ll work through a four-part process that will help you more quickly and easily recognize when you’re stuck, and then turn to your tactics—so you can get moving again.

Plus you’ll learn how to keep your lists current and top of mind, so you don’t slide back into old patterns (the worst feeling after you’ve done so much work to make a change, right?!).

All if this is available for you right now, for $59!

I just started, and it’s like you’ve read my mind when it comes to feeling stuck. I can’t wait to dig in more!
— Michelle Montgomery of @perfectlywildco

P.S. On Thursday, I'm sharing an excerpt from the guide, one that'll show you exactly how it looks to use it.

But I'm only sending it to my email crew. If you want in, sign up below! You'll get fairly regular emails from me, as well as immediate access to a library full of resources to help you as you work on creative projects and more.

It's not your fault (plus Stay Unstuck is here!!)

Ok. So that we’re on the same page here, let’s recap.

We don’t have to just be idea people—we can be the kind of people who follow through on our creative projects.

But we have to do some work ahead of time, to prepare for the inevitability that we’ll get stuck.

Why?

Because as humans, we’re terrible at remembering things when we most need to.

I’ll never forget the light-bulb moment I had—and the relief I felt—when David Allen (in his book Getting Things Done) said our brains aren't wired to remember milk when we're at the grocery store. All those times I walked right by the milk section, only to groan when I opened the fridge to see an almost-empty carton? Not my fault.

So it’s not your fault when you get stuck and you can’t see your way out of it.

Well, it hasn’t been your fault until now—because now you know better. (Sorry…but only a little.)

Because his point was this: If you don’t want to spend a lifetime wishing you’d remembered the milk (or stamps or toothpaste or whatever), you need to prepare ahead of time. You need to make a grocery list and you need to remember to check it.

And I believe the same is true for getting stuck.

You need to make a list of ways to get unstuck and then you need to remember to use it.

That way, when you hit a roadblock or things start to feel messy, you don't have to rely on your brain to call up all the different pieces of advice you've heard or read about or thought up in the distant past. You take one action—look at a list you made when you were in a (possibly much) better state of mind—and you get the tools you need to get back on track..

Stay Unstuck: A Guide to Awareness and Action will help you make that list and remember to use it.


And—drumroll, please—Stay Unstuck is now available!
If you already know you’re in, scoot on over here and sign up!

Otherwise, read on for more details.

Stay Unstuck is designed to tackle everything we've been talking about this week.

It'll help you prepare ahead of time for the inevitability of getting stuck, help you learn to read and better react to the signs and opportunities that come along with being stuck, and help you make a list of ways to get unstuck—and remember to use it.

It'll also help you make decisions with less stress, make conscious decisions about when to ditch a project (vs. pushing through being stuck), and more!

When you purchase Stay Unstuck, you'll get a 68-page self-paced guide that includes the following:

  • A detailed list of 25 tactics you can use right now to get unstuck on any creative projects or decisions
     
  • Another list of 7 tactics that can help you when you feel a general malaise and you’re not sure what’s going on
     
  • Step-by-step instructions for choosing which tactics to try, adding in others that work for you, and setting up your own personalized lists
     
  • A powerful four-part process to help you raise awareness around when you're stuck
     
  • Instructions for keeping up with your lists (so you don't slide back into old, comfortable-but-unhelpful patterns)
     
  • Guiding worksheets (8 of them to be exact) that will help you carry out the ideas in the guide
     
  • The confidence you need to get back to work!


Stay Unstuck is available right now for $59!

But the price will go up soon, so if you want in, now's the time!