11 min 26 sec

CLASSROOM: How to Avoid Getting Stuck

To be “stuck” means you’ve reached an impasse, obstacle, or limitation that hinders your progress. In this Classroom feature, learn five tips to avoid this condition *before* you encounter it.

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What It's About

Getting stuck is a common problem—how can you set yourself up for success?

Notes from Chris

Episode 1276
Today, let’s talk about how to avoid getting stuck.

I had a conversation with my publisher about this recently. A lot of people never start... somewhere along the way, they get stuck.

To be stuck means you’ve reached an impasse, an obstacle or limitation that hinders your progress.

To avoid this, you need to be able to think differently… and of course, you need to choose to take action.

This is as much of a mental block as a practical one. When you’re stuck, you go into a feedback loop that reinforces any negative thoughts you might have about yourself. That’s why it’s not just about oh, I can’t get people to follow me on Instagram or I can’t figure out how to set up my website.

Being stuck is usually more of an internal issue.

First, understand that a lot of people go through this in different ways. Here are five tips that might help.

  • 1) Identify problems in advance
  • 2) Always know the next step
  • 3) Impose an artificial deadline
  • 4) Look for an alternative way forward
  • 5) Try something totally different

Listen to today's episode to learn more...



Try to head off a problem at the pass. Look ahead and identify something that might trip you up—then try to find an answer for it now.

  Inspiration is good; inspiration combined with action is better. Now get back to work!

Yours in the revolution,


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