You’re not “just an idea person.”
You have the capacity to be a follow-through person.
(It's not that hard, and it's way more fun.)
As creatives, we’re naturally good at coming up with ideas. It’s how we roll.
But bringing ideas to life is inherently messy. And we struggle to deal with messy. We have too many other things going on to feel like we can stop and deal with these problems.
And that struggle to deal with the messiness is how a small decision (I’m not sure which option to pick) so easily turns into overthinking and indecision (I’m not sure what I’m doing with my life).
All too soon, we retreat to safer ground—a new, shiny, as-yet-uncomplicated idea. And that cycle goes on and on: idea, messiness, abandon. Idea, messiness, abandon.
Eventually, our self-confidence erodes, and we begin to feel we are the problem—our lack of knowledge, our lack of airtight systems, our lack of willpower.
So we spend too much time and money trying to solve these problems. And when they don’t make things all better, our self-confidence slips another notch.
The problem isn’t you.
It’s how you’ve learned to deal with roadblocks.
Messiness is inevitable...yet we don't plan for it.
So we seem surprised every time it pops up. But a little time spent preparing would mean:
- Having an easier time moving forward with what's important
- Ditching what's not right without all those feelings of guilt and disappointment
- Spending less time and money on the wrong solutions
- Struggling less with decisions, both big and small
- Feeling more connected to and satisfied with your work, creative projects, and so on
Why don't we plan ahead? We're not connecting all the different ways things get messy.
I'm not surprised. Because I'm guessing:
- You abandon projects without even meaning to, simply sliding away from them over time, trying not to think about them since they make you feel guilty.
- You have tons of half-finished drafts—emails, blog posts, ecourses, and more.
- Decisions, even small ones, can feel like a huge deal, and you often wish someone else would make them for you.
- Your brain is always buzzing with ideas, and you find yourself bouncing around from idea to idea, chasing “the one” that will make things different.
These seem disconnected.
But the truth is, these are all signs that you're stuck.
But it’s not getting stuck that matters—it’s how you get unstuck that makes a difference.
And when you prepare for the inevitability of these situations:
- You can make conscious decisions about whether or not to abandon a project or a half-finished draft because you know why you have the impulse and what to do when it arises.
- You can feel more comfortable making decisions because you’re prepared with tools to help you make them.
- You can act on the ideas that are important to you (any idea can be “the one,” but it has to be given a fair chance), knowing that when the going gets tough, you have a plan.
Stay Unstuck: A Guide to Awareness and Action will help you do all of those things—and more.
I’ve spent years thinking if I just had a better grasp on the big picture of my business, or just had a tighter organizational system, I’d finally be able to follow through on my ideas.
So instead of working on my projects, I worked on how to work on them—which was such a waste of time.
But after my son was born, I could see that something had to change. I struggled to figure out how to get things done and spend less time on the unproductive parts.
I made some progress, but I wasn’t feeling that true sense of breakthrough until I began working on Stay Unstuck.
The guide started out as a simple thing, just a simple list of tactics to try when you felt stuck, gathered throughout my years of working as a copy editor and content coach.
But as I worked on the guide, it became clear I already had the tools I needed to get moving. I just wasn’t using them in the right way.
And that's when this guide began to truly come together into something that has helped me immeasurably.
Stay Unstuck is designed to help you harness the power you already have, so you can stop spinning your wheels and start taking intentional action to bring your dream projects to life.
First, you’ll build a list of tactics that you can turn to any time you’re stuck.
When you get stuck, it can feel like your brain has turned off. It's hard to think of what to do, and it's much easier to wallow in that feeling.
Having a list of ideas you can access will help you move into action mode, pushing you to get out of your head and try different things until you get moving again.
Then you’ll heighten your awareness around being stuck, so you can turn to your list more often.
It's one thing to make a list of tactics, but another thing entirely to use it. And often, when we’re stuck, we don’t even realize it, especially if these are deeply ingrained patterns.
So we’ll walk through a powerful four-step process to help you more quickly and effectively identify when you’re stuck, so you can address the problem and get moving again.
Here's what you'll find inside.
When you commit to Stay Unstuck, you’ll get a ___-page guide that walks you through creating a list of tactics to use any time you get stuck and heightening your awareness around when you’re stuck in the first place, including:
- A detailed list of ___ tactics you can use right now to get unstuck on any creative projects or decisions
- Another list of ___ 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 what works for you, and setting up your lists
- A powerful four-part process to help you raise awareness around when you're stuck
- Ways to keep up with your lists so that all your hard work doesn’t go by the wayside as you try to slide into old, comfortable patterns (something we all do, even when we know they don’t work for us)
- Guiding worksheets (___ of them to be exact) that will help you carry out the ideas in the guide