2. Getting Unstuck: Acknowledging that You Are Stuck
Something’s not right. . . .
You don’t necessarily know what it is, but you have enough self-awareness to know that you’re trying to navigate life and or work amid one or more non-supportive behavioral patterns. Even if you’re surrounded by supportive colleagues, friends, and family members, you may be experiencing feelings of isolation and loneliness.
In this episode, Hosts Kirsten Richert and Jeff Ikler introduce the first of five phases of change: “contemplation.” In this phase, you or your organization realize there is something amiss, but there is not yet a commitment to change. You’re simply recognizing that you or the organization is stuck.
Awareness can actually trigger an unwitting resistance to change, which stems from the fear of the unknown, the fear of failure, or the fear of being wrong about any potential new direction.
To make this experience concrete, Jeff and Kirsten share a case study of someone who was experiencing the frustration and hopelessness of being stuck in a dead-end job, and how it affected them physically and emotionally.
After listening to the episode:
Simply note the aspect of life where you feel you are stuck. Career? Relationships? Health? Physical fitness? etc
Define your “stuckness.” How do you know you are stuck? What are your “symptoms”? What are you saying to yourself?
What emotions do you associate with being stuck?