Feeling Stuck? Brainstorm! – 31 Day Challenge / Day 22

Brainstorm Naomi Mc Laughlan

Feeling stuck in life can be awful, but I believe it is actually an opportunity for growth, as it allows time to acknowledge the situation, contemplation of the root cause and reflection of the issue, to finally search for another, often better, option.

According to Dr Timothy Butler, Senior Fellow and Director of Career Development Programs at Harvard Business School “Being stuck in one place, while troubling, is part of a necessary crisis leading to personal growth.”

Feeling stuck can be caused by many reasons, for example by not feeling happy in a relationship, at work or after several trials and errors.

Nevertheless, at times feeling stuck can also be caused when you have too many options, then the so called ‘opportunity cost’ may play havoc with your thoughts, as making a choice could lead to benefits lost when taking a particular course of action instead of a mutually-exclusive alternative.

Wishing a solution to present itself does obviously not help (in most cases at least), so for most of my personal and professional obstacles or stuck in rut situations, I use brainstorming as a means to find an answer. The key for me is to literally write down all options and to create nets of possible routes, which gives me a visual map of potential outcomes.

Mind Map Naomi Mc Laughlan

I have created a Prezi for you, unfortunately I cannot embed it here, so please have a look at it here.

Have you given it a try yet? If so, let me know what you think.

Let me know what you think.

All the Best & Speak to you tomorrow,

Naomi xxx

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