How to Get Unstuck

 
How do you get unstuck?  Take a step.
 
I have noticed my clients tend to feel less stuck once they’ve started working in a direction.  It doesn’t matter which direction, because finding out what doesn’t work is just as important as finding out what does work.  It dawned on me that there was another way to look at what taking a step meant:
 
S – See what’s out there
T – Take your time
E – Evaluate your wants and needs
P – Pursue your passion
 
Let’s walk through each part of the STEP:
 
S – See what’s out there
See what is in front of you, then look again.  Sometimes we’re conditioned to look in only one place for options so look again.  If what is obvious to you now is not the only option where else can you look?  If you’ve looked everywhere you can think of where have others looked that you are not looking?
 
T – Take your time
If there is no deadline on when you need to make the decision, stop and take a breath.  Check in with yourself.  Why do you feel pressed for time?  Is this really the path for you?
 
E – Evaluate your wants and needs
Consider what you want versus what you need.  What’s important enough to change? If you’re not sure because everything is jumbled up, list your priorities on a scale from 1-10 where 10 is of critical importance and one doesn’t matter.  Where does this action rank?
 
P – Pursue your passion
Once you’ve decided, or at least picked a path to go down, check in with yourself again.  Does this direction get you excited or cause you to hesitate?  You can be sure of the path you’re to take, and still not feel at peace or excited about moving forward. Is it the right path but not the right time?  This is also possible, after all there is a time when fruit is ripe and a time when it is out of season.  What season are you in?
 
 
 
If you’ve been feeling stuck I challenge you to look at your situation again using this STEP.  There is a difference between not knowing what you want to do, not feeling as though you can do it, and not liking the conditions that are in place in the moment.  The more you see that you have a choice, the more you can realize your true power.

About Tiffany A. Dedeaux

Tiffany is an ICF Career Coach and a cross-pollinator of ideas with a background in broadcast journalism, social and ecopsychology, and coaching. Tiffany’s nearly two decades of experience has helped her to identify the power of story in connecting us to each other as well as to our environment. A believer in the power of reflection, practical application, and celebrating victories, Tiffany understands that the more we all live our dream, the more we can model it for future generations.
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