Getting stuck is an inevitable part of creative work and life.
But staying stuck doesn't have to be.
We all get stuck. It's natural.
You get so far into writing a book proposal, and then you freeze. What comes next?
You have two really cool opportunities, both happening on the exact same day. You're truly interested in both. Which do you choose?
You've spent hours on new design concepts for a passion project you're really excited about, and it's time to make some decisions. Which concept is the best fit?
You're really into your novel now, the writing is coming so naturally, and then...writer's block. Where is the story going?
It's what comes next that matters. A lot.
Do you give up on the book proposal...or take a break (and a walk), come back with a fresh perspective, and keep going?
Do you look at the pros and cons of each opportunity and choose the best fit, or are you so crushed by indecision you miss both of them?
Do you crumble under the weight of indecision...or do you revisit your notes about why you started this project to help you choose the best path?
Do you do some creative exercises to think about your novel in a new way and then return to writing...or do you slowly drift away from your novel never to return?
I think we'd all like to say we "take the high road" or make the "right" decision when we get stuck.
That's because it's pretty easy to see what the "right" thing is when you're not in the situation. That's why we can give such good advice to others when they're stuck.
But when you're actually stuck, good and truly stuck, it can be really hard to see a way out.
Suddenly, all that good advice flies right out of your head, and without even realizing it, you're compromising your creative dreams and projects because you're not sure how to move forward. This happens over and over again.
And of course, that assumes you recognize you're stuck...which isn't always the case.
There are plenty of times when we avoid things or walk away from projects, claiming they're "just not right any longer," when what's really happening is that we don't know how to get unstuck.
Am I giving you hives here?
Don't stress...because while I'm pointing out a painful problem (that I also face over and over), I'm also presenting a solution.
It's called Stay Unstuck: A Guide to Awareness and Action.
Because I don't just want you to get there (unstuck, that is)...I want you to stay there.
Stay Unstuck will be available Friday, May 19!
But I've written more about it on the blog, along with exercises you can use to start getting unstuck right now.
Read these posts (in this order) to get a deeper look at how Stay Unstuck can help you! Each contains an exercise you can do right now to start getting (and staying) unstuck.
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