The picture was taken in Italy on a walking holiday when after a shower of rain the muddy clay was an inch deep on the bottom of our boots. A friendly helper to the rescue!
I’ve been working as a professional coach for seven years and have come to recognise that when clients are ‘stuck’ a number of things may be happening!
(1) Being stuck is a feeling as well as a thought. What does being stuck feel like for you? What images does the word stuck conjure up for you?
(2) Being stuck may be completely unconscious.. I don’t know I’m stuck but I know things are not as I want them to be.
(3) Being stuck may be precisely what the feeling is immediately prior to a significant breakthrough. The stuckness can almost be like a labour pain (!!) – great when it’s over but part of the journey to success.
(4) Being stuck may be a feeling created by overload and the stress level of the situation simply leaves one unable to take the next step.
When recognised and confronted honestly (sometimes with another trusted person in a supportive but challenging environment) stuckness can be reframed from a Barrier to a Door just waiting to be pushed. The other side of stuckness is a great place to be!
So, what to do when you are stuck? Pay attention to the feeling and the thoughts associated with that feeling. Know that it is temporary – if you choose it to be. Know that one step at a time may be the way to go… and seek professional or informal support from someone who can be both supportive and challenging to help you get to the other side of stuckness. Someone who can be your best coach through the process.