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7 Reasons Why You Get Stuck Even When It Seems To Be So Close To Success

7 Reasons Why You Get Stuck Even When It Seems To Be So Close To Success

You’ve got a deadline on the horizon, but you’re not worried because you’re on top of your game. Until, suddenly—you stall. What happened? Why can’t you make any progress when you were just trucking along? Check out these reasons why you get stuck even when it seems to be so close to success, and hopefully you’ll get to the root of your problem.

1. Your goal seems too daunting.

Even if you were initially making progress with your task, maybe you got cold feet and realized your goal was too daunting. Does it seem like too much? It might be time to take a step back and see what you’re trying to tackle. Even if it doesn’t seem like too much, break your major project into manageable tasks that you can accomplish more easily. You can do them quickly, and before you know it, the entire project will be complete!

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2. You’re sticking to the same approach.

It’s easy to get stuck in a rut if you’re always trying the same approach. It’s especially hard when you’re trying the same thing and expecting different results, like the same answer will work for every problem you have. Instead, think outside the box. Try to see the end of your project and envision different ways to get there. The more creative you are, the more fun you’ll have working on the task! And also, you’re less likely to get the same result as anyone else you might be competing with.

3. You’re not focusing on long-term results.

Are you stuck because you don’t see the point of your project? Even small tasks can have great importance in the long run. Look at every project as a building block towards something bigger. If you see the impact your project will make, it might inspire you to get back on track.

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4. You’re not being patient enough.

You want to have everything done right now, right? It’s a common feeling, but you have to be patient. Getting impatient just makes it harder to focus on what you actually need to accomplish at this moment. It might take a lot of time to finish something major, so know you need to put in a lot of effort to see the results. It’s going to be worth it in the end, even if it takes awhile to get there!

5. You got distracted.

You let your project sit on the back burner for too long, and now you have no desire to come back to it. Remember how involved you were in the project before you lost focus, and try to harness that energy again. Jump back in!

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    6. You’re procrastinating.

    This is the opposite of not being patient—you’re being too patient, and not making any progress at all! Don’t sit around and put your project off until the last minute. Even if it seems daunting, or you don’t have the drive to work on it, push yourself to start with a small part of the project. Look back at the tolerable steps you broke the project into, and start tackling it. Once you make a little bit of progress, you’ll be inspired to continue, and you’ll get the project done before you know it!

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    7. You’re a perfectionist.

    Who doesn’t want their work to be perfect? You don’t want anyone to find holes in your project, so you’re stuck because you’re working so hard to make it just right. It might be hard, but sometimes you just have to let it go. Do your best work and have faith that it will be close to perfect, because it’s your best! You just might be surprised at how good your work can be when you just do it, instead of being preoccupied with how it’s going to turn out.

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    Last Updated on July 16, 2019

    6 Effective Ways to Enhance Your Problem Solving Skills

    6 Effective Ways to Enhance Your Problem Solving Skills

    Have you ever thought of yourself as a problem solver? I’m guessing not. But in reality, we are constantly solving problems. And the better our problem solving skills are, the easier our lives are.

    Problems arise in many shapes and forms. They can be mundane, everyday problems, or larger more complex problems:

    What to have for dinner tonight?

    Which route to take to work?

    How to fix a project that’s running behind schedule?

    How to change from an uninspiring job to a career you’re really passionate about?

    Every day, you’ll be faced with at least one problem to solve. But it gets easier when you realize that problems are simply choices. There’s nothing ‘scary’ about them other than having to make a decision.

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    No matter what job you’re in, where you live, who your partner is, how many friends you have, you will be judged on your ability to solve problems. Because problems equal hassles for everyone concerned. And people don’t like hassle. So the more problems you can solve, the less hassle all-round, the happier people are with you. Everyone wins.

    Why Are Problem Solving Skills Important?

    Problem is something hard to understand or accomplish or deal with. It can be a task, a situation, or even a person. Problem solving involves methods and skills to find the best solutions to problems.

    Problem solving is important because we all have decisions to make, and questions to answer in our lives. Amazing people like Eleanor Roosevelt, Steve Jobs, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr., are all great problems solvers. Good parents, teachers, doctors and waiters all have to be good at solving different sort of problems as well.

    Problem solving skills are for our everyday lives.

    How to Enhance Problem Solving Skills

    Most people believe that you have to be very intelligent in order to be a good problem solver, but that’s not true.

    You don’t have to be super smart to be a problem solver, you just need practice.

    When you understand the different steps to solve a problem, you’ll be able to come up with great solutions.

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    1. Focus on the Solution, Not the Problem

    Neuroscientists have proven that your brain cannot find solutions if you focus on the problem.[1] This is because when you focus on the problem, you’re effectively feeding ‘negativity,’ which in turn activates negative emotions in the brain. These emotions block potential solutions.

    I’m not saying you should ‘ignore the problem,’ instead, try to remain calm. It helps to first, acknowledge the problem; and then, move your focus to a solution-oriented mindset where you keep fixed on what the ‘answer’ could be, rather than lingering on ‘what went wrong’ and ‘who’s fault it is’.

    2. Adapt 5 Whys to Clearly Define the Problem

    5 Whys is a problem solving framework to help you get to the root of a problem.

    By repeatedly asking the question “why” on a problem, you can dig into the root cause of a problem, and that’s how you can find the best solution to tackle the root problem once and for all. And it can go deeper than just asking why for five times.

    For example:

    If the problem is “always late to work”…

    • Why am I late to work?
      I always click the snooze button and just want to go on sleeping.
    • Why do I want to go on sleeping?
      I feel so tired in the morning.
    • Why do I feel tired in the morning?
      I slept late the night before, that’s why.
    • Why did I sleep late?
      I wasn’t sleepy after drinking coffee, and I just kept scrolling my Facebook feed and somehow I couldn’t stop.
    • Why did I drink coffee?
      Because I was too sleepy at work in the afternoon, not having enough sleep the night before.

    So there you see, if you didn’t try to dig out the root of the problem, you may just set a few more alarms and have it beep every five minutes in the morning. But in fact, the problem you need to solve is to quit Facebook surfing endlessly at night so you’ll feel more energetic in the day time, and you won’t even need coffee.

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    3. Simplify Things

    As human beings, we have a tendency to make things more complicated than they need to be! Try simplifying your problem by generalizing it.

    Remove all the details and go back to the basics. Try looking for a really easy, obvious solution – you might be surprised at the results! And we all know that it’s often the simple things that are the most productive.

    4. List out as Many Solutions as Possible

    Try to come up with ‘ALL POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS’ – even if they seem ridiculous at first. It’s important you keep an open mind to boost creative thinking, which can trigger potential solutions.

    Coming from 10 years in the corporate advertising industry, it is drummed into you that ‘No idea is a bad idea’ and this aids creative thinking in brainstorms and other problem-solving techniques.

    Whatever you do, do not ridicule yourself for coming up with ‘stupid solutions’ as it’s often the crazy ideas that trigger other more viable solutions.

    5. Think Laterally

    Change the ‘direction’ of your thoughts by thinking laterally. Pay attention to the saying,

    ‘You cannot dig a hole in a different place by digging it deeper.”

    Try to change your approach and look at things in a new way. You can try flipping your objective around and looking for a solution that is the polar opposite!

    Even if it feels silly, a fresh and unique approach usually stimulates a fresh solution.

    6. Use Language That Creates Possibility

    Lead your thinking with phrases like ‘what if…’ and ‘imagine if…’ These terms open up our brains to think creatively and encourage solutions.

    Avoid closed, negative language such as ‘I don’t think…’ or ‘But this is not right…’.

    The Bottom Line

    There’s nothing scary about a problem when you start to adapt my advice.

    Try not to view problems as ‘scary’ things! If you think about what a problem really is, it’s really just feedback on your current situation.

    Every problem is telling you that something is not currently working and that you need to find a new way around it.

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    So try to approach problems neutrally – without any judgment. Practice focusing on defining a problem, keep calm and not to make things too complicated.

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    Reference

    [1] Planet of Success: Problem vs Solution Focused Thinking

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