Whenever I feel stuck, there’s a cool little exercise I do that helps un-stick me pretty quickly. I don’t always remember to do it, but when I do, it always works out for the best.
You can call this universal intelligence… you can call it giving yourself permission to expand your imagination… but whatever it is, it works.
So here’s what it is:
Whenever I feel like I can’t figure out what I should do in a situation, I have mental “conversations” with people I feel are really good at whatever I’m stuck on.
For example, yesterday on the train to NYC, I was thinking about a situation I’m in with someone I know. I’ve been feeling trapped around it.
I feel the person involved in this situation has wronged me, and it seems as if they refuse to take any accountability for it. Everyone I’ve talked to agrees that I have been way too lenient… but this person just doesn’t seem to budge.
I’d considered a lot of options around how to handle it, but because of my relationship with this person, everything felt like a lose/lose.
On the train, I decided to start “talking” to Einstein. I mentally acted like we were having a conversation and I asked him for his input on what he would do.
I got some really great ideas.
Then I decided to “talk” to even more people. I brought in people I respect, felt would have good input, and had already mastered what I was feeling stuck around.
I wanted the most well-rounded view possible.
I then mentally put everyone on an advisory board and asked them to come to a consensus on the best way I could handle my situation.
I was able to glean insight I hadn’t considered before.
In business terms, you can use this for many things:
– Are you feeling completely overwhelmed about something? Bring in someone who’s a productivity/efficiency/organization machine and ask how they would handle this.
– Want to figure out the best types of products to add to your funnel? “Talk” to someone you think is a master at this.
– Feeling discouraged? Bring in someone you think can tell you exactly what you need to hear to keep going.
I know this may sound a little “out there”… but if you’re able to try this with an open mind, I trust you’ll be very pleased with what happens.
If it makes you feel better, you could also think of it as a “What Would Jesus Do?” type thing.
I’d love to hear what you think! Please leave me a comment and let me know. If you’ve tried this before, I’d love to hear your experiences… or if you decide to give it a whirl, I’d love to hear what happens for you!