Do you ever feel stuck in your writing business?
Maybe you’d planned to launch a new blog last year, and somehow 2019 came and went, and you had little more than a few ideas for blog posts to show for it.
Or maybe you have big plans for landing higher-paying clients in 2020. You’ve outlined what you need to do, but we’re almost a month into the year and you haven’t really made any meaningful progress yet.
It could be that you want to switch your niche, but you just can’t seem to bring yourself to make the change.
Being stuck happens sometimes.
And it’s easy when you’re stuck to dwell on all the reasons why. And to shoot down every suggestion or solution that comes your way.
The first step to getting unstuck is often figuring out why you’re stuck in the first place.
So ask yourself this about your current situation: “How does this serve me?”
If you wanted to launch a blog, but didn’t, ask yourself, “How did not launching a blog serve me?”
If you’re honest, you’ll come up with a host of answers. Things like:
- I didn’t have to figure out how to set a blog up.
- I didn’t have to spend time writing the blog.
- I didn’t have to stress over blogging deadlines.
And scarier things like:
- I didn’t have to hear negative feedback on my writing.
- I didn’t have to find out if nobody ended up reading it.
- I didn’t attract attention — attention makes me nervous.
When you see the real reasons you’re stuck — because being stuck serves you in some way — it’s much easier to find a way forward. And it’s much easier to see why you’ve been resisting the suggestions from others.
Often, just recognizing how being stuck serves you is enough to get you unstuck. But if not, do a comparison.
Ask yourself how what you say you want would serve you. For example, “How would launching a blog serve me?”
Here, your answers might be:
- It will make me a better writer.
- It will help me build an audience.
- It will improve my knowledge in my field.
- It will increase my discipline.
- It will lead to opportunities I can’t even foresee right now.
Compare those two lists side by side, and I bet you get more excited by one than the other. If that’s true, then you’ll be unstuck before you know it.
If it’s not true, then the goal you set probably isn’t the best fit. You can get unstuck by shifting your focus to a goal that’s a better fit.
It’s a win either way.
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That’s all for now. Make it a great week!