What has you stuck? Too much house? A job you hate? Smothering debt that is very slowly and painfully suffocating you?
The worst part of being stuck is the soul-sucking hopelessness. The feeling that no matter what you do it will always be this way. Every escape plan you try to make fails before you start. You can’t sell the house, its underwater, you can’t quit the job, you have bills to pay, you can’t make any headway on the debt because it takes every penny you make to keep things current.
I am here to tell you, you can get unstuck; there is cause for hope.
Accept the reality of where you are. When we are in a bad place our natural tendency is to put our heads down and watch our feet shuffle. We are afraid to measure the true depth and width of the swamp. Quit fighting the feelings and accept that you are afraid, worried and overwhelmed. Measure the swamp. Calmly and clearly, state the problem.
Get the 1000’ view. The ability to seeing the big picture is vital. If you could imagine it’s someone else’s problem, what would it look like? Find someone who has made it through the same swamp, how did they do it? Reach out.
Be willing to accept pain to get unstuck. Go back and review the things you “can’t” do. Chances are it is one of those things that you will need to do to be free.
When the solution is a three-year plan, we irrationally avoid starting because it seems so hard. Yet, in our avoidance, we endure three more years of pain without progress.
The good news is as soon as you start working a plan, the hopelessness turns to hope and that makes all the difference in the world.