When you are stuck

Whenever I have been stuck (and I am stuck right now, hence this post), it’s because there is something, or multiple somethings, that I don’t know how to do. Invariably when stuck-ness happens, I am moving along whatever path just fine, then at some point I run into a smoke screen. The path forward is obscured, and I am not sure what to do next. Has this ever happened to you? And since I have been ruthlessly programmed by modern life that all mistakes are bad(!), my natural inclination is to stop until the fog lifts. Sometimes the fog never lifts and I turn around and go back the way I came. Sometimes I get an idea and some way forward starts to reveal itself. I think the point I am trying to make (sorry, it’s mainly for my own benefit) is that just because something is unclear in the moment doesn’t mean it’s wrong. Sometimes we have to sit with problems longer than is comfortable to work out the eventual solution. Yeah, it’s easier to turn around and go back, but we have already come this far. Who knows what ideas are just beyond the horizon.

by Jonathan Wilson

Jonathan is the Head Coach at Sandcastle Company, a Seattle-based leadership training organization. His first book, Future Leader: Rebooting Leadership to Win the Millennial and Tech Future [link], is now available. Jonathan regularly writes and speaks about The New Leader Way, leadership resilience, and the future of work. He has years of leadership experience in both the public and private sectors, a master's degree from Seattle University, and professional coach training from the University of Miami.

Filed under: Leadership

Published on April 23, 2019

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