"Growth is painful. Change is painful. But, nothing is as painful as staying stuck where you do not belong."
--- N.R. Narayana Murthy
Computer problems are the worst. In fact, any digital device that fails to perform to our satisfaction can turn a good, productive day into a day of frustration. When in a hurry to get something accomplished and the computer stays stuck in a loading pattern, a person can feel like spitting nails. Anything that interferes with productivity simply messes up all plans for what was otherwise thought to be a great day.
Sometimes we too can feel like the stuck computer. We truly want to perform well, produce, and succeed, but we are stuck in a rut. We aren't really moving toward the success we imagined because we are stuck in a loading pattern. We may not see an hourglass spinning or hear our hard drive working, but we are stuck, nonetheless. This is when we find that our pages aren't loading as fast as they should, and if they do, they aren't really what we were looking for anyway.
"Being stuck is a position few of us like. We want something new but cannot let go of the old - old ideas, beliefs, habits, even thoughts. We are out of contact with our own genius. Sometimes we know we are stuck; sometimes we don't. In both cases we have to DO something."
--- Rush Limbaugh
When it is our computers that are stuck, we can sometimes just restart the darn thing and hope that all gets back to normal. Unfortunately, it doesn't always work that way when we ourselves get stuck-although it can. Sometimes our version of rebooting is taking time away from work for rest, refreshment and relaxation. Usually that is all that it takes to get unstuck and back on track toward success.
"The greatest things in life tend to happen outside our comfort zones, and doubting your ability to step outside of your comfort zone will keep you stuck."
--- Amy Morin
Other times what we need is a change. Changing how we approach our work and business can help to stir things up and stretch our creativity muscles. It's not that what we were doing in the past was wrong, but it is that doing the same thing, the same way desensitizes us and we get very comfortable with our path. But eventually that path gets worn down and we continue to erode the soil on the path until it becomes a deep rut.
"You have to connect with your market and your employees. First, understand that what your market says is fact and what you say is opinion. Then, take the time to create a good connection with your employees. Without those two key connections, your business will be stuck in mediocrity forever."
--- Jon Taffer
To get out of the rut, (other than taking a break), we should re-examine the course we are taking. There are two key elements that can help us get unstuck and down a more productive path: First, mix up your business. Take some time to really look at what you are providing and what your customers want.
I knew an entrepreneur who had extreme success for a short time selling walker balls-those tennis balls people put on the bottom of their walkers. He sold designer tennis balls he ordered from China that could match the outfits of the people using walkers. He saw a need and filled it.
The second key is examining your team members. Look at your relationship with them and see if it can be improved. Also, perform a job analysis to determine if what your employees are doing is necessary and if not, find a way to reorganize your staff, shop floor, sales strategy, etc. Shake things up not for the sake of shaking, but in order to jump out of the rut and onto more solid footing for smoother traveling.
"Thankfully, dreams can change. If we'd all stuck with our first dream, the world would be overrun with cowboys and princesses."
--- Steven Colbert