When we’re in the weeds of running a business, switching from high-level strategizing to detail-oriented task management can be complex. Because of this, it’s easy for many business owners to feel stuck at a standstill.
When you’re feeling stuck, don’t push away from that feeling—instead, try to acknowledge that the feeling is there for a reason. In other words, overcoming that “stuck” feeling will allow you to grow.
One of the best advice I give people who feel stuck is to start asking questions and then answering them. Pretend as though it’s your first day on the job, and you know nothing about the industry you’re working in. If necessary, find a few friends (who don’t know much about the work you do) who are willing to sit down and inquire about the ins and outs of your job. While this process might sound silly and unnecessary to some, it’s an exercise that can help you gain perspective and see your business through fresh eyes.
Play a game of 20 questions with yourself. Whatever problem or project you’re stuck on, give yourself a clean slate and shift your perspective by approaching the issue like you would on your first day of work. Ask yourself the ‘what, why, how, where, when, who’ on the subject. Read articles, talk to colleagues, and doodle your thoughts out. Give yourself time to explore and get curious.