Getting stuck is good for you


March 6, 2012

Truth: Being stuck is uncomfortable. It can bring on frustration, and maybe a little isolation. For many of us, it’s akin to treading water—exhausting and embarrassing.

What could possibly be good about that?

We’ve found that getting stuck is really a trigger, a sign of good things to come. Stuck moments are about tapping the possibilities in our lives. When we view them as positive—an opportunity—we point ourselves toward rewarding change.

Just look at Amy Tan. Before she was the bestselling author, she was bogged down by administrative work that left her no time to write. If she chose to see her situation as a personal defect rather than a possibility, she may never have written “The Joy Luck Club.”

Tennis champ Andre Agassi is another example. Temptations that come with fame were getting in the way of his game. He could have gone the route of some other celebrities (Amy Winehouse springs to mind), but instead he worked to regain his spark and technique.

There are plenty more inspiration stories of notable folks who got stuck, admitted it, and then went about getting unstuck. And if they hadn’t, the world might never have enjoyed “Mastering the Art of French Cooking,” the internet as we know it today, even “American Idol.”

See, getting stuck really is good. Staying stuck? Not so much.

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