I've been intently sitting and reading what everyone has to say on the topic of getting unstuck because I'm am currently stuck. The ditch is muddy and all I do is spin my wheels. My stuck isn't the small kind of stuck. I've got things to do, and my day job goes fairly well ( notice "fairly" ). My stuck is a global stuck; a big picture stuck; a no-master-plan-and-no-vision-or-end-game kind of stuck. I'm starting to go a little crazy from it.
My hopes of writing this is to maybe come up with a game plan, or some new ways of looking at the problem. I've jotted down some ideas, maybe something will stick.
A little chaos is a great thing. and chaos theory is even better. In an extremely simplified version of the theory, every option is whittled down to the smallest of choice: yes or no, left or right, up or down. And chaos is derived from the randomness in these answers. So, I try to ask myself the simplest of questions that only result in "yes" or "no". Unlike leadership, these questions aren't intended to tickle to new discussions. After-all, when your stuck, perhaps new questions and thoughts isn't what is needed. For me, a "yes" or "no" on these day will suffice. No "why" or "where do I see myself in 5 years", the questions I focus on is "Do I check my email now?", "Can I read that quality report now?", etc.. These questions don't have to be just from you. Others around can be involved: "Nick, do you want to go to the mall for lunch?". Sometimes, just for fun, I wake and tell myself that I will always answer "yes" today, no matter what ( note: this can send you on an interesting adventure. Be Prepared )
Ebb and Flow
Like others have noted, perhaps you aren't actually stuck. Life has an ebb and flow that is like wind or water - outside forces acting on you and your life. It happens. If you aren't stuck then what are you doing? Well, one of 2 things: resting or balancing.
Resting - We all need a break, and sometimes a good nap. These moments is our minds way of saying "whoa".
Balancing - It could be that the amount of effort or the work being done is equal. If you see a bird stationary in the sky - it is moving forward, you just can't see it. To really notice, we need to change our perspective.
Accomplishment and movement is in the eye of the beholder. If you are walking in the prairies, sometimes It might not seem like you're walking at all. You need to change your markers for progress. Perhaps you simply count steps. But if you forget, then it might seem like you haven't gone anywhere and are "stuck". Another example is if you are swimming in a river against the flow. The scenery hasn't changed, but your swimming like mad. How long have you been swimming?
I have a issues with this all the time. I'm a big thinker. I sometimes have difficulties watching and noticing the smaller hurtles. I don't see all the little steps I do. For me I want to see the whole website, so when I complete a module, all I see is an incomplete site, not a completed module. Perhaps I'm not the only one. Maybe if you're stuck, or think you're stuck, perhaps if you look closer, you are a champion that is jumping hurtles all the time.
I'm thinking this is my current situation. In all my work for career development I'm am finding all the "not"s - what I'm not going to do, and what aren't priorities. I've taken off a lot of the goals based on my personal revelations. However, we can hit patches, and this might feel like failure. It's a part of the scientific process. All experiments go through this process. Inventors learn soon, that every time you try, you are learning what "not" to do. It's like carving or sculpting, the shavings discarded, will ultimately leave you with what you do what. The challenge is celebrating and recognizing.
In the end did I answer my question? Maybe. Am I still stuck? Maybe not as stuck as I thought.