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Feeling Stuck at Work? 3 Types of 'Stuck' and How to Fix It

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It's never easy to be stuck. When you’re stuck at work with no progress or opportunities in sight; when pressed on all fronts by increased demands from top management and reduced resources on your team - sometimes there's just nothing left except getting yourself unstuck! 


You may find yourself bogged down by day-to-day tasks, caught up in a never ending cycle of meetings and emails or struggling just trying find time for family while also working hard at your job--it can make you feel like there is no room left over when it comes right down too having some free moments away from screens (and other people). 


This article will help explain three different types of ‘stuckness' so that next time life gets tough (which happens), hopefully these insights can give direction towards finding YOUR way back into action again.


Now, before we move on, go download the Remarkable Resilience Routine before you finish this article. It’ll help you as you explore your stuck places.


The Different Types Of Stuck

There are many different "stuck" we can feel like we're facing. We may be stuck because we think one strategy isn't working or are at a total loss of exactly what to do in the next step. 


Sometimes we get stuck when we have a strategy, but we don't know how to implement it or what the next step should be. You're maybe experiencing that difficulty. You may not be getting the results you want or you're not seeing the impact you were hoping for. 


All of the above kinds of stuck are solved through thinking of appropriate processes. These types of stuck have tactical approaches. But there are three particular kinds of stuck that sneak up and threaten us.


  1. Stuck in a rut
  2. Stuck in a bad habit
  3. Stuck in a negative mindset


(Psst! Sometimes being stuck means you need to boost your adversity quotient. Here's an article on that.)

Stuck In A Rut

When it comes to managing a team, there are bound to be times when you feel like you're stuck in a rut. Maybe you're feeling uninspired by your employees or like you're just going through the motions. If you're stuck in a leadership rut, here are a few things you can do to get yourself out of it.


If you're a leader who feels stuck in a rut, it's time to take stock of your career and consider making a change. It may be time to move up within your company, or to switch to a new organization altogether, or even find a new approach to your current role.


If you're not sure where to start, take inventory of your skills and accomplishments. What have you done that has made you successful in the past? Use those same skills to identify new opportunities for growth.


It's also important to stay current on industry trends. What are other companies doing that you could be doing better? Are there new technologies or methods that you could be using? By keeping up with the latest trends, you'll position yourself as a thought leader and an innovative thinker - two qualities that will help you move up in any organization.


Finally, consider that the best way to move forward is sometimes to take a step back and reassess the situation. This will help you get a fresh perspective and come up with new ideas.


Stuck In A Bad Habit

It's easy to get stuck in a bad habit as a leader. And bad habits are hard to break, especially when they've become ingrained in our daily lives. From micromanaging to being too lenient, bad habits can jeopardize a leader's effectiveness and impact their team's productivity.


We often find ourselves stuck in routines that aren't necessarily productive or efficient. But breaking out of these bad habits can be difficult, especially when we're under pressure to meet deadlines or achieve goals.


Here are some tips for breaking out of bad habits as a leader:


  1. Recognize that you have a problem. The first step to breaking any habit is admitting that you have one in the first place. If you're not aware of your bad habits, it's going to be very difficult to change them.


  1. Understand why you're doing it: The first step to breaking any bad habit is understanding why you're doing it in the first place. If you can identify the underlying reasons for your behavior, you'll be one step closer to breaking the habit.


  1. Create a plan: Once you understand why you're engaging in the bad behavior, it's time to create a plan for how you'll break out of it.


  1. Talk to your team about it. Once you've recognized that you have a problem, it's important to talk to your team about it. They need to know that you're committed to changing your ways and that they can trust you as their leader.


Stuck In A Negative Mindset

As a leader, it can be easy to get stuck in a negative mindset. This can happen when we're feeling overwhelmed by our work, or when we're dealing with difficult employees. 


A negative mindset sneaks up on us.


A bad attitude can lead to poor decision-making and it can make it hard to motivate yourself and your team. This can create an environment of fear and anxiety, which can ultimately lead to a decrease in productivity.


If you find yourself in a negative mindset, there are a few things you can do to turn things around.


Take a step back and assess your situation. What is causing you to feel negative? Is it something that can be changed? Focusing your attention to really dig into what specifically might be the reason for the negativity will allow you to solve for the problem.


Doing a 10-minute thought download like in the Remarkable Resilience Routine will do just that. Go and download that now before you finish this article! https://www.realliferesilience.com/remarkableresilience


While doing this, acknowledge your thoughts and feelings. Don’t try to suppress them or pretend they don’t exist. At the same time, challenge your negative thoughts by asking yourself if there is any evidence to support them.


Next, try to take a step back and see the situation from a different perspective. 


While many strategies tell you to focus on the positive aspects of your job, sometimes that’s not as useful as really exploring the negative mindset to find out what’s happening there and why. 


That doesn’t mean you should stew in the negativity and simply rehash old stories. This isn't about that. It’s being curious about the core of the negativity.


Of course, making a list of things you're grateful for about your job (such as the people you work with or the challenges you get to solve) is always a good idea, and it helps you to put things in perspective, but don’t simply rush to focus on the good things.


Overcoming The Feeling Of Being Stuck

When you’re feeling stuck as a leader, it is important to remember that you are not alone. Here are some additional tips on how to overcome the feeling of being stuck:


Seek out advice from others. There are many people, including other leaders, who have been in your shoes before and they can offer valuable advice on how to overcome the feeling of being stuck. See how they've overcome similar challenges. What lessons can you learn from them?


This can be done by attending events or networking with people in your industry. You can also read books or articles written by successful leaders. By getting different perspectives, you'll be able to see your situation in a new light and come up with creative solutions.


Take some time for yourself. Sometimes when you're feeling stuck, all you need is some time to clear your head. Step away from your work and take a few minutes (or hours, or days) to relax. This will help you come back refreshed and ready to tackle whatever is holding you back.


What are your goals? What do you want to achieve? Once you have a clear understanding of where you want to go, it will be easier to identify your stuckness and figure out how to solve for it.


Talk to someone you trust. When you're feeling stuck, it can be helpful to talk to someone who understands what you're going through and can guide you. This could be a mentor, friend, or even a skilled coach who’s experienced in helping people get unstuck.


Talking through your challenges can help you gain clarity and identify potential solutions.



Get organized and set some goals. Once you have a plan, it will be easier to take action and start moving forward again.


When you're feeling stuck, it's often because you're not quite sure what you're trying to achieve. Take some time to define your goal, and make sure it's something that's realistic and achievable.


Once you have your goal defined, break it down into smaller steps that you can take to achieve it. This will help you focus on what needs to be done, and avoid getting overwhelmed by the big picture.


Delegate more. When leaders feel stuck, it's often because they're trying to do too much themselves. They think they have to have all the answers and be in control of everything in order to be successful. But this isn't true. Leaders can get unstuck by delegate more, being open to new ideas, and taking time for themselves.


Delegating doesn't mean giving up control. It means trusting others to do their job and knowing that you don't have to do everything yourself. When leaders delegate more, they free up their time to focus on the things that only they can do.


Being open to new ideas is essential for leaders who want to stay ahead of the curve. They need to be willing to try new things and listen to different points of view.


The Benefits Of Getting Unstuck

When it comes to leadership, being stuck is not an option. Leaders must be proactive and always moving forward in order to maintain their momentum and keep their team moving towards the goal. Here are three benefits of getting unstuck as a leader:


  1. You’ll gain a fresh perspective


When you’re constantly moving, it’s easy to get tunnel vision and lose sight of the bigger picture. By taking a step back and reassessing your situation, you can gain a fresh perspective and see the situation for what it really is. This will allow you to make better decisions and avoid any potential pitfalls.


  1. You’ll find new solutions


If you feel like you’re stuck in a rut, chances are you’re not thinking outside the box enough.


When leaders get stuck, it usually means they are not progressing forward and may even be regressing. This can lead to frustration, anxiety, and a loss of confidence. However, when you get unstuck, you often find new ways to move forward, become more creative, and develop a greater sense of resilience.


  1. You’ll understand yourself better


Getting unstuck can also help you better understand yourself and your own leadership style. You may realize that you need to delegate more or be more hands-on in order to be successful. By unraveling the path to get unstuck, often you’ll find that you’re able to better motivate and inspire those around you.


So if you're feeling stuck as a leader, don't despair! There are many benefits to getting unstuck that can help you become a more effective leader.



Even the best leaders have moments when they feel like they're not making progress. If you find yourself stuck in a leadership rut, a bad habit, or a negative mindset, don't despair. By being open to change and new ideas, and employing solutions in this article, you can get unstuck and back on the path to success.


Leaders who get unstuck show their teams that they are capable of handling difficult situations and making decisions in the best interest of the company.


Go take action now. Download the Remarkable Resilience Routine, then create an action plan based on your type of stuckness and what you’d like to set in motion. https://www.realliferesilience.com/remarkableresilience 



As I was writing this article, I wanted to share some additional items that didn’t quite fit. Therefore, enjoy this cool bonus section with additional unstuck tips.

(Psst! As I mentioned earlier, sometimes being stuck means you need to boost your adversity quotient. Here's an article on that.)


Set Goals And Create A Plan

Setting goals is a necessary step for any leader who wants to get unstuck. But, simply setting goals is not enough. Leaders must also create a plan to achieve their goals. This plan should be specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound.


Creating a SMART goal is a great way to ensure that your goals are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound. Once you have created your SMART goal, it is important to create a plan of action that will help you achieve your goal.


Your plan of action should be specific and detailed. It should outline what you need to do in order to achieve your goal. Additionally, your plan of action should be realistic and achievable. Finally, your plan of action should be timely; it should specify when you will take each actions and when you expect to achieve your goal.

Stuck leaders are a dime a dozen. The world is full of them. And, most of the time, they have no idea how to get unstuck.


If you're a leader who feels stuck, the first step is to set some goals. What do you want to achieve? What's your vision for the future? Once you have a clear idea of what you want, it's time to create a plan.


What steps will you need to take to achieve your goals? Who can help you along the way? What resources do you need? Answering these questions will help you get unstuck and on the path to success.

Delegate And Build A Support Network

In order to delegate and build a support network, leaders need to first understand what is causing them to feel stuck. Once the root cause of the problem is identified, leaders can then begin to delegate tasks and put together a support network of people who can help with decision-making. By doing this, leaders will be able to free up their time and focus on more important tasks.


One of the most common causes of feeling stuck as a leader is trying to do everything yourself. This is often due to a lack of trust in others or a fear of delegating authority. Leaders need to learn to trust their team members and delegate tasks accordingly. Doing so will not only free up your time, but it will also allow you to focus on more important tasks.


Another cause of feeling stuck as a leader is being afraid to ask for help.

When it comes to being a leader, it's easy to get stuck. That's why it's important to delegate and build a support network. By delegating tasks and building a supportive network of people, you can free yourself up to focus on what's truly important.


There are a few things to keep in mind when delegation. First, make sure you delegate to people who are capable of completing the task at hand. Second, be clear about your expectations. And finally, give feedback once the task is complete.


Building a supportive network is just as important as delegation. A supportive network can provide advice, mentorship, and help when you're feeling stuck. So take the time to reach out to your friends, family, and colleagues. You never know who might be able to help you get unstuck as a leader.


Get Feedback And Perspective

When you're feeling stuck as a leader, it's important to get feedback and perspective from others. This can help you identify the root of the problem and find a way to move forward.


 talking to your team members, peers, or superiors can give you insights into how you're perceived as a leader. This can be helpful in identifying any areas where you need to improve. Additionally, hearing from others can give you fresh ideas for how to approach leadership challenges.


If you're feeling stuck, don't hesitate to reach out for feedback and perspective. It could be just what you need to get unstuck and moving forward as a leader.

Don’t forget to go download the Remarkable Resilience Routine. It’ll help you as you explore your stuck places. https://www.realliferesilience.com/remarkableresilience 

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