What To Do When You Are Stuck

I got up early this morning.  I would love to say it was because I was filled with purpose, passion and inspiration, but in fact, my dogs woke me up.  But since I was up and at it early, I wanted to “push out some good in the world” and write a blog.  Of course I wanted it to be meaningful and I wanted the content to inspire.  I thought about the topics I might cover.  Then I considered what might have the most impact.

The problem was, I was coming up with nothing.

I searched Facebook and Twitter for topics, but as you might expect, I got pulled into an infinite number of unproductive topics.  Then it occurred to me that it had been a while since I had read Seth Godin’s blog.  Godin writes a new post every single day.  His blog often inspires me and almost always makes me think.  So I type in his blog address and find this post:

The simple cure for writer’s block

Write.

People with writer’s block don’t have a problem typing. They have a problem living with bad writing, imperfect writing, writing that might expose something that they fear.

The best way to address this isn’t to wait to be perfect. Because if you wait, you’ll never get there.

The best way to deal with it is to write, and to realize that your bad writing isn’t fatal.

Like all skills, we improve with practice and with feedback.

 

I read this and sat back.  Wow.  Sometimes the universe will show you a simple truth if you just take the time to look for it.

For me it comes down to being intentional about what I put into my brain first thing in the morning.  When I am not intentional, I default to time wasters, fillers and negativity…and the pattern of my day follows suit.  Today was a simple but powerful reminder.  Find things that inspire you, make you think and help you move your day (and your life) in the right direction.

Thanks Seth Godin for the reminder.

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Written by: Kirby Hasseman

Kirby Hasseman is the CEO of Hasseman Marketing & Communications. Kirby hosts a weekly Web show called Delivering Marketing Joy where he interviews business leaders from around the country. Kirby has published four books. His most recent is “Fan of Happy.” His book, called "Delivering Marketing Joy" is about doing “promo right” and is perfect for people in the industry and customers. He also wrote “Think Big For Small Business” and “Give Your Way to Success. All are available on Amazon.