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What We Really Mean by "I'm Stuck"

What image flashes in your mind when someone says the words, "I'm stuck?"  It's quite common to envision a person being held back by forces outside of himself: a person being pulled in opposite directions, a swamp of sticky mud, a locked door.  This image belongs to the part of us that is afraid to act and would rather put the responsibility and the power outside of ourselves. 


When you're feeling stuck, take a moment to ask yourself what you really mean.  The following are some possibilities:

 

1.   I’m afraid.

 

2.  I’m overwhelmed.

 

3.  I can’t see an easier way to do it the way I want to.

 

4.  I can’t change someone else.

 

5.   I’m more comfortable being miserable than not knowing what’s next.

 

6.  I keep trying the same thing and I can’t get the results I want.

 

7.  I don’t want to deal with this right now.

 

8.   I’m too <fill in the blank>, to handle this.

 

9.   It’s not my responsibility.

 

10.  I don’t want to let go.


The secret to solving emotionally charged beliefs is to give it a name, acknowledge it's gift to you, and give it freedom to leave.

 

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