Launchers oftentimes go full-throttle when starting a new business or idea. The hustle of getting projects going is not only required, but it’s fun and energizing for go-getters. However, people can’t keep going at a launch pace forever. Eventually you will hit a wall and feel stuck.
Here are five of the most common reasons launchers feel stuck. Look for these as you begin any new project business idea.
Most of the time, confusion is due to not seeing a clear picture, or not seeing the picture as clear as you hope.
Do you have a plan – not the perfect plan, but a plan to reach your original goal(s)? If so, stay the course. You cannot mitigate all risk or fear. You may only be confused on the big picture, but not the next step. Sometimes done is better than perfect. As you weigh your options, ask yourself: How does the outcome of this decision affect the goal?
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Most launchers get so busy trying to launch, they find themselves swamped with activity. The key is to discern between activity and high impact results. Ask yourself: Are the activities I’m doing generating results that I want? Learn to say no to those activities not producing results and begin focusing on the ones that yield the best potential to get you where you want to be.
3. Broke (Little Resources)
Your constraints can be what pushes your innovation. If you’re willing to take an innovative spin on your situation, you will realize you aren’t out of options. Ask yourself: What do I actually need? Most often, you will find it isn’t just about money. Is it about administrative help? See if a friend or family member will help temporarily. Do you need an upgraded computer? See if you can buy one used. Creatively find the resources that support you and help accomplish your vision.
4. Lost Momentum
Do you feel like the wind has been taken out of your sails? Are you just not passionate about the work like you once were? Take a pause to do a little self-reflection. Go back to your purpose and ask if you truly believe in what you are doing. Most of the time, a loss in momentum is due to one of the other reasons listed rather than a lack of passion and care for the project.
Rest and margin are the only antidotes for burnout. You must have rest to be at your best.
Examine your weekly rhythms and what’s going on internally. Remember, emotionally healthy organizations are led by emotionally healthy individuals. Your behavior will eventually mirror your heart; so, make sure you are in the right place. Ask yourself: What’s it like to be on the other side of me? Sometimes it’s hard to see burnout in the mirror, but other people are picking it up.
Knowing why you get stuck is only half the battle. The next step is having the tools to help you move past the hurdle. David Farmer shared his secrets for creating momentum when stalling. Jeff Henderson also shared his biggest advice when trying to get from one point to another. Read his 3 practical ways to get unstuck.