“If you’re trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I’ve had them. Everybody has had them. But obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, work around it or go through it”. -Michael Jordan
I’m almost compelled to not write anymore because that sums it up so nicely. I said almost 😉
It never fails…you’re on a great roll, getting big things done and BOOM. You run into a wall. It’s not the size of the wall that matters, it’s the size of your determination to get past it that does. But how do YOU get past it?
Your options are several:
You can keep working on the problem. This is good for the dogged determined but Einstein said it best: “we cannot solve our problems with the same level of thinking we used to create them”. You need to get away from the issue for a bit so you can come back in a different state of mind. Here are some ideas that work for others:
- Take a walk
- Talk to your mentor or other respected colleague
- Browse Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter
- Go outside
- Grab a drink…could be soda, coffee, beer or whatever
- Take some real time and hang out with some friends
- Play a game (I’m still a little too fond of “words with friends”)
- Smoke a bowl (tons of problems have been solved this way at least temporarily)
Here’s the deal: it doesn’t matter how much time you take, your “wall” will still be there. I promise. It will wait for you. Deadlines come and go. Solving the challenge correctly is far more important than solving it based on a date on the calendar.
The key is to keep going after it. Don’t let this wall, or the next one, or the one after that stop you. IF you’re truly determined to make something happen, you can’t let them stop you…only detain you for a bit. And that’s okay. Because you can always start again tomorrow.
What’s your “unstuck” plan?
Do you go over the wall, through the wall or around the wall?
Are you stuck on a challenge right now? Maybe talking to someone can help you through it? If so, call me.