It's bound to happen sooner or later for most entrepreneurs: you get stuck. Maybe you can't seem to latch onto an idea. Maybe your business has hit a plateau. No matter the cause, feeling stuck is frustrating and draining.
The sooner you can break free, the better you'll feel, so it pays to take action as soon as you start feeling that nagging sensation that you're not where you want to be. Try this:
Take a deep breath.
This isn't forever. See if you can feel a sense of acceptance of what is as you work toward changing it, knowing that you do indeed have the power to change it.
Do something unusual.
Even small things count: taking a different route (or mode of transportation) to the office, rearranging your desk, having lunch with someone you've never had lunch with. If you want something different, you've got to do something different.
Take a risk.
Think of something that scares you--speaking in public, a tango dancing class, calling your mother--and do it this week. It'll get you outside of your routine (see above) and boost your confidence at the same time.
Check for procrastination.
Are you putting off something you should have done a long time ago? Maybe that task is what's holding up your entire business. Get it done.
Examine your goals.
Do they still excite you? Do they need refining? Take some time to get clear about your goals again. It's natural for them to shift a bit, so make sure the actions you're taking are still leading you where you want to go.
Life is good, and even if you feel stuck in certain ways, there is still plenty to enjoy. Instead of dwelling on your personal rut, focus on the things you are appreciating. Plan a special dinner or take a family member to a concert, and celebrate what you love about life right now.
How do you break out of a rut?