You’re in a rut, stuck, feeling discouraged. Maybe even numb or fearful. We’ve all been there, right? I know I have. Last spring I had the worst writer’s block and couldn’t find my way out. It was awful!
When you’re in this place, what do you do?
Plain and simple-you’ve got to take your power back. Whatever’s haunting you, scaring you, keeping you stuck… you’ve got to face it head and grab your power. But exactly how do you do that?
FIVE STEPS TO TAKING YOUR POWER BACK
- Make A Decision: Sounds cheeky, right? Well, hang on and don’t skip this part. Remember that the situation remains in your life until you decide to make a difference. That’s the thing that most people miss. The real power is in the decision folks. Sure, what you decide is important in the long run but it’s the decision itself that gets you unstuck.
- Put your Support Team in Place: Yes, yes, yes, this sounds all touchy-feely but take me at my word and just do it. Whether you call it your “squad”, advisory board, circle of mentors, lawyers or your book club, make them aware of your decision and ask them to hold you accountable to that decision. Life inevitably throws us curves; our responsibility is to plan in advance for them and a support team helps us do them.
- Write your ideal scenario: Often times when we feel stuck in our job, circumstance, relationship, we can’t see the forest through the trees. When this happens to me, I feel like I’m in quick-sand and every step is a total slog. I’ve found the best way out of that gunk is to write my perfect scenario of the situation.
- Ask yourself the following:
How do I want it to look?
What are the baby steps I might need to take in the future to get there?
How do I want to feel in this scenario?
(For me, this last question is the most important.)
You will find that for the above to work authentically, you must give these questions rigorous thought and real work. Go deep and then write it down.
4. Find The Authentic Thought Leaders: Once you’ve written your ideal scenario, then it’s time to look outside of yourself. Who are the thought leaders on this issue? Who’s doing it differently, how are they doing it and why? Do they act out of integrity or are they a fraud? How can you work their ideas into your ideal scenario? Some of my thought leaders I turn to are:
Elon Musk: Innovator of all Innovators
Founder of Medtronic, Philanthropist, Authentic Leader: Bill George
Sarah Young: Author & Inspirational Writer
5. Harness The Power of LinkedIn: People ask me all the time, what’s the best online venue to network or get new ideas. Yes, I’m a Twitter junkie for news but LinkedIn is my go to. Despite its lousy customer service, LinkedIn’s power and reach never fail me. Take a class and learn how to really use it to your advantage.
As so many of us struggle with this, I’ll be writing more on this topic in the future.
So I ask you, what do you do to take your power back? What’s worked and what hasn’t? Let’s help each other, shall we?