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Where are you stuck?

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Here is an excerpt from the second of Five Questions for a Life of Fun, Inspiration & Action, and e course I signed up for the other day. I thought it might be worth sharing.

It's hard to have fun when you're feeling stuck.

Stuck shows up differently for each of us.

  • For some it's having a dream but not knowing how to get it.
  • For others, it's not having a dream and feeling empty.
  • It can be waiting for your superhero to show (and they're taking their time)
  • Or it can be feeling responsible for everyone - and feeling exhausted.

However you get stuck -- and we all get stuck from time to time, it's part of being human -- it has this as its essence: You only have one way to see the situation ... and you don't like what you see.

So where are you feeling stuck right now? Not sure? Here are some clues...

  • Where do you feel in a rut?
  • Where do you feel lots of "shoulds" and "musts"?
  • Where do you feel there's no choice?
  • What makes you grit your teeth in frustration?
  • What are you tolerating?

So what can you do about it?
Funny enough, just articulating and acknowledging the situation where you're feeling stuck is often enough to get things moving. When you finally get what's hanging you up it often doesn't feel quite so big, quite so overwhelming, quite as daunting.

  • So look at the situation head on.
  • No more sideways glances or head in the sand.
  • Get specific and detailed - go on, wade right into it.
  • Write it down.
  • Turn it from a "stuck-ness"... and into a challenge you're willing to take on and to change.

So... Where are you stuck?

from: Michael Bungay Stanier
Possibility Virus


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